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Boeing on the BC Homefront

Did you know that the Royal BC Museum offers noon-hour talks called Live @ Lunch on the first Wednesday of each month?

The free presentations feature curators and staff researchers working at the museum. And, some have been recorded for viewing online.

November’s presentation featured Paul Ferguson, Royal BC Museum human history collections manager, telling us the story of Boeing on the BC Home Front. View the recorded presentation here to learn about Boeing’s vital war effort work and the impacts it had on the Chilliwack community.

During the Second World War, the Boeing Aircraft Company Ltd. operated an assembly plant, located near Vancouver, at Sea Island. About 1943, Boeing created new plants across British Columbia that built component parts for the famous Catalina amphibious aircraft, also known as the Canso, that was used on anti-submarine patrols. One Boeing sub-assembly plant, employing some 200 staff and with a 50% female workforce was established in Chilliwack, BC, located 102 kilometers east of Vancouver.

Paul is a member of the Victoria Historical Society.