The Waugh Family
An historical and photographic perspective

471 Selby Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

471 Selby Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

"The Manson Residence is a very good example of the stylistic evolution of a building over time. The original part of the house was a typical, modest Nanaimo worker's cottage, built between 1885 and 1887. The worker's cottage form is still clearly visible at both sides of the house. Subsequent renovations include the addition of a full front verandah with front gable and late-Victorian posts and a large rear addition. Although modern metal windows and doors have been introduced, the essential character of the building remains intact and the building is well maintained."

City of Nanaimo Heritage Register - Manson Residence

This was the home of the Waugh Family from the late 1890s to the early 1940s.
John and Christina moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia, around 1899 (possibly with Betsy McCall and Samuel Orr). They probably would have taken the Great Northern Railway to Calgary, Alberta, and the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver. John and Christina bought the home at 471 Selby Street from Laurence Manson (the Manson residence of 471 Selby Street is now a registered Heritage Home with the City of Nanaimo). John worked in the coal mine in Nanaimo and later became a police officer for the town of Nanaimo. 

1911 Census of Canada - Nanaimo, B.C.
John Waugh & Family
John's occupation was Policeman

Name: John Waugh
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 41
Birth Date: Aug 1864
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Immigration Year: 1841
Tribal: Scotch (Scotish)
Province: British Columbia
District: Nanaimo
District Number: 10
Sub-District: Nanaimo
Sub-District Number: 24
Place of Habitation: Selby St
Household Members:
Name Age
John Waugh 41
Christina Waugh 41
Elizabeth Waugh 17
Eleseeis Waugh 16
Agnes Waugh 15
James Waugh 12
Violet Waugh 9
John Waugh 5
William Waugh 2
Christina Waugh 1

Source Citation: Year: 1911;Census Place: Nanaimo, Nanaimo, British Columbia. Page 9, Family No: 116. Source Information: 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. <>. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description: This fifth census of Canada covers the nine provinces and two territories of Canada as of 1911: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, nationality, and origin. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1911 Census.

Note: The "James Waugh" above should be Janet Waugh.

Waugh Family Home, 471 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada c 1930
John "the Joker", Christina, Violet, Christina, William, John "Jock" and Janet Waugh
Waugh Family Home, 471 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada, c 1930

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