Antique chainsaws stolen from museum exhibit

Antique chainsaws stolen from museum exhibit
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
A photo of two chainsaws reported stolen from the BC Forest Discovery Centre

A pair of antique chainsaws were stolen from a museum sometime between Sept. 8 and 9, according to a release issued by the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP on Sept. 14.

The two chainsaws were reported taken during a break and enter at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan. The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit society that, according to its website, shares the story of BC’s forest industry.

The two saws taken are a 1958 McCulloch “Super 44” and 1962 McCulloch “Mac 15.” The tools are part of the Centre’s chainsaw exhibit. Both are yellow, with some rust and wear on them.

Both are very rare and part of our extensive and popular chainsaw exhibit collected over the years by the Centre’s founder, Gerry Wellburn, and his son Vern, says Chris Gale, manager of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. They really have no value to anyone but a collector and we are unlikely to find replacements. We are always amazed at the support we receive from our community and we hope that people will be on the lookout for our missing items.

Watch Commander Cpl. Kiel Pharis is disappointed in the theft. The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a valued community partner. We hope that observant members of the public will help us return these artefacts to the Centre, where they belong, he says.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are asking that anyone with information about the theft call 250-748-5522. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at, or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

For information about the BC Forest Discovery Centre, please visit their website or contact 250 715 1113.


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