Heritage pieces mark homecoming

9318 Dave Bindernagal and 3237 John Mothersill display the mace used in convocation for Royal Roads Military College. The mace will be on display at Royal Roads University to pay tribute to the campus’ history.  Full article



Tracing a series of Memory BC archives for references to the Military Colleges

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards

In 1941, HMCS Royal Roads was commissioned for the training of volunteer reserve naval officers. In 1942 it became the Royal Canadian Naval College.

Edward A.E. Nixon was the Commanding Officer for the Royal Canadian Naval College in Kingston and Esquimalt, 1917-1922.

The Nixon family fonds at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia includes photographs of sports activities at the Royal Naval College of Canada. The CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum archives includes 14 photographs of graduating officers of the Royal Naval College of Canada (1913-1922) and HMCS Stone Frigate (1940).

Commander W.B.L. Holms’s fonds at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum consists of photographs documenting officer training at HMCS Stone Frigate, Kingston, Ontario, and collected historical photographs.

Bent Gestur Sivertz’s fonds at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum consists of 45 photographs of graduating classes and memorabilitia relating to the officer training school HMCS Stone Frigate (1940-). Silvertz attended the officer training school at HMCS Stone Frigate in Kingston, Ontario, and was appointed as assistant instructor of navigation at the school in 1940.

In 1968, Royal Canadian Naval College was renamed Royal Roads Military College.

In 1994 the Federal Government announced the impending closure of Royal Roads Military College. In Jan.1995, Dan Miller, B.C. Minister of Skills, Training and Labour, established an advisory panel on Royal Roads to assess proposals for its future.

David Strong appointed Trevor Matthews as Special Advisor to the President to oversee the production of the “Proposal from the University of Victoria to the Advisory Panel on the Future of Royal Roads.” After the rejection of the UVic proposal, Matthews continued as coordinator for The Royal Roads Implementation Group in the transition to Royal Roads University.

The University of Victoria Archives documents the transition of Royal Roads Military College into Royal Roads University and the input of UVic in this process with memos, correspondence, clippings, press releases and reports.