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Whonnock is the Halkomelem (First Nations/Indian) name for the humpback or pink salmon. (Wikipedia reference accessed: 09 Jul 2016) The first settler was Robert Robertson from Scotland, who married a native woman and they made Whonnock their home in 1861 (more information about the Robertsons' below). After the route opened to the west coast, more settlers joined them in the late 1880s, with a strong representation of Norwegians.
There is quite a lot of information provided on this website, and it appears Fred Braches is the driving force behind of all of this work. I must say that it's very well organized and researched! Fred also writes a blog alongside the Whonnock.ca site. Trondhjemski is mentioned in Appendix No. 8, p.50 'The Trondheim Congregation' as "most of the members came from this area in Norway".
[accessed: 09 Jul 2016]
Transcripts from the Fraser Valley Record (1908-1912) : News about Whonnock in the Mission newspaper - 1st issue of the Whonnock Notes, Winter 1996.
Cemeteries in Whonnock
The history of Whonnock's cemeteries. Includes cemetery records and transcriptions of the grave markers. 2nd issue of the Whonnock Notes, Spring 1997.
See Also: http://www.whonnock.ca/whonnock/PDFs/Plaque.pdf
The Trondheim Congregation : Our Norwegian settlers’ minutes of the Lutheran Church in Whonnock. Some of the family names in this publication: MATHISON, KNUDTSON, LEE, NILSEN, MATISEN, BORGE, FLETCHER, ENGEN, ANDERSEN, HEGERT.
Robert ROBERTSON and Tselatsetenate : Whonnock’s Scottish first settler and his family (Robertson and his native wife first settled in the area in 1861 and lived there for 25 years, far from 'civilized communities'.)
- There is a message on Ancestry's message board about the family.
- There is a brief history on the Maple Ridge Museum website:
- A descendent of Robert and Tselatsetenate, Lee Robinson, talks about her new role with the Aboriginal Infant Development Program in the Tsawout Nation newsletter.