Residents are now able to view hundreds of historical images online related to the Township of Esquimalt’s 120-year history.
Some 1,600 images have recently been added to the township’s digital archives, and are available for public viewing.
A digitalization consultant scanned the original material — much of which was in a fragile state — and created a database of information for all the images. The images were then put into a specialized software program and uploaded to the township’s website.
“The depth of our historical information now available through our online archives has increased dramatically,” said municipal archivist Greg Evans.
“The material we have added comprises a combination of photographs and textual information, such as letters, maps, post cards, certificates, and related material.”
The project is a continuation of the Capturing our History project, which began in 2014 to increase online access to Esquimalt historical images, while preserving them digitally.
There are roughly 3,600 historical images in total, which can be accessed online at esquimalt.ca.