The Sea Island Heritage Society is compiling the history of all the people who lived on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia between 1900 to date, including students and teachers from Sea Island attending the different schools of Richmond. If you wish to be part of this ambitious project, please contact the Society to share your photographs and memories, or help identify the individuals in the class photographs.
The grade 7 students in the 1948 class photo attended Bridgeport School in Richmond, British Columbia. Bridgeport School was constructed in 1908. In 1928, the high school was moved from Bridgeport when the new Richmond High School was built. The school was closed in the early 1980s and demolished in 1984.(1)
Sea Island School had been one of Richmond’s pioneer schools but closed in 1906. Like a "phoenix," it resurrected itself in the 1920s as a school for local cannery workers but closed again after Canadians went to war with Japan in 1941. After the war, employees of the Boeing Aircraft Company as well as returning veterans demanded an elementary school be established in the small community of Burkeville, and Sea Island Elementary School (1946- ) was opened.(2)
If you can help the Sea Island Heritage Society match the thirty-three faces in Miss Barbara Short's 1949-1950 class to the forty-five names obtained from the old register, please contact the Society.
Sea Island Heritage Society
4191 Ferguson Road, Richmond, British Columbia
Canada V7B 1P3