Spilsbury's Coast

(Source: www.harbourpublishing.com)

(Source: www.harbourpublishing.com)


Jim Spilsbury's autobiographical account of growing up on Savary Island in the early 1900s. A great read for anyone interested in the early history of the Savary Island community.

Young Jim Spilsbury playing near the dock circa 1913 
(Source: Spilsbury's Coast by Howard White and Jim Spilsbury, Harbour Publishing, 1987, www.harbourpublishing.com)

Young Jim Spilsbury playing near the dock circa 1913
(Source: Spilsbury's Coast by Howard White and Jim Spilsbury, Harbour Publishing, 1987, www.harbourpublishing.com)


"Jim Spilsbury grew up in a tent on Savary Island, squatting on crown land. His story is one of the classic 'rags-to-riches' stories in Canadian history. As well as being as brilliant inventor and an ambitious, astute businessman, he had the intangible gift of being in the right place at the right time.

"High fashion swimwear in 1915. Me  in stripes, Laurencia Herchmer in the bloomers, Mother with the dog, Miss [Ethel] Burpee next to her." 
(Source: Spilsbury's Coast by Howard White and Jim Spilsbury, Harbour Publishing, 1987, www.harbourpublishing.com)

"High fashion swimwear in 1915. Me in stripes, Laurencia Herchmer in the bloomers,
Mother with the dog, Miss [Ethel] Burpee next to her."
(Source: Spilsbury's Coast by Howard White and Jim Spilsbury, Harbour Publishing, 1987, www.harbourpublishing.com)


In 1923, at the age of 18, primed with a correspondence course in electrical engineering, Jim Spilsbury began building sophisticated radio telephones. Fishermen bought them, loggers bought them, and eventually homesteaders, explorers and even governments bought them. 'Radio boomed,' Spilsbury recalls, 'and it carried me with it.'" (Harbour Publishing)

Notes
1. For more information about Harbour Publishing, click here.

2. Click here to watch a YouTube video of Spilsbury describing his life growing up on Savary Island.
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