|Draft outline - for anyone
wanting to finish this...
Story is that a fellow named Smitty (John Smith) subdivided what is now
the Ten Acre
In order to subdivide he had to donate the 30 Acre park. (The 30 Acre
Park is the low area, mostly soft and wet, between the two
He may have had some relation to the Beach Combers TV Show and named
after those boats?
The ten acre, 4.047 hectare, block size was determined
according to a couple of stories.
1) The old surveyors used a chain for measurement. That chain
was 66 feet long.
10 chains by 10 chains = 660x660 or 435600 sq
2) There was a study done by the Islands Trust for the Gulf
Islands in the 1970's that
used various features such as
material to build a home, forest for firewood, area for livestock, etc,
to determine the minimum size land that could be adequately homesteaded.