Driftwood
The Gulf Islands Driftwood: A brief history

The Gulf Islands Driftwood was launched as a humble, mimeographed 10-page news-sheet full of social news and quirky tidbits on March 24, 1960 by Woody Fisher, who had lived on Salt Spring Island for five years. The paper was bought by Jim and Arlene Ward in 1964, who changed its name to the Gulf Islands Driftwood, expanding coverage to the Outer Islands. Then in January of 1967 Frank and Barbara Richards purchased the Driftwood, moving to the island from Sidney, where Frank had been editor of the Sidney Review.

Frank became the Driftwood's editor and reporter, with news coverage augmented by correspondents, while Barbara took care of production, sales and administration. An offset press, book and stationery store were all part of the business. Tony and Alice Richards began running the paper in 1979, and it experienced tremendous growth in the next few years, growth that matched that of the community it served.

Reprinted by permission of The Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island. © 1960

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1960
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1961
Volume 3
1962
Volume 4
1963
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1964
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1965
Volume 7
1966
Volume 8
1967
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1968
Volume 10
1969
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  1985 March 20 (18.9 MB)        
 

25 Year Anniversary Issue

 

       
 

1987 December 16, Sec.1 sec 2
1987 December 23 - (21 MB)
1987 December 30
(16 MB)

1988 January 6 (17 MB)

       

2004

Learn more about the origins of the newspaper from this audio recording of presentations to the Salt Spring Island Historical Society:

http://saltspringarchives.com/audio/171driftwood.html (by Duncan Hepburn and Tony Richards)
Peter McCully speaks about the Gulf Islands Driftwood
(2010)

 

 

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