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Upcoming Presentations:

May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Historical Society will take place virtually at 7pm prior to the regular meeting and presentation.

Dairying in Victoria // Ron Greene

Dairying began in Victoria not long after the HBC established Fort Victoria. A subsidiary company, the Puget Sound Agricultural Company established several farms around Victoria, one of which was the North Dairy Farm. It is remembered by North Dairy Road which runs east-west on the northern side of Hillside Mall.

In the 1930s there was talk of mandatory pasteurization of milk, which got Arthur Lambrick quite upset so he made a list of all the dairies operating in the greater Victoria area, in order to gain support from other dairymen and women in his battle. He allowed Ron to copy the list of 144 dairies, some very small, others quite large. Some were producer-vendors, others were producers who did not sell to consumers, but supplied vendors and or institutions or restaurants with their milk, and others were vendors, who did not have farms or milk cattle but purchased milk from producers, processed it, bottled it, and delivered it to consumers.

Ron became interested in the dairy industry in 1956 when a token collector friend on the mainland asked him to acquire a set of dairy tokens for him, from the Northwestern Creamery and Island Farms dairies.

7PM virtually via Zoom. Free for members. Access code will be provided prior to meeting.

Previous Presentations:

April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chinese Victoria // John Adams

John Adams is putting the finishing touches to his book Chinese Victoria. He will present a preview of the people he includes who formed the nucleus of the city’s vibrant Chinese Canadian community from 1858 to today. Who were they? Where did they come from and why? What did they do when they came here? He will touch on discriminatory attitudes and legislation here that were aimed at discouraging Chinese migration. That is an important part of the story, but John will also examine the social interactions and daily routines of the people from China who passed through Victoria or eventually stayed. Businesses, family life (often spanning both sides of the Pacific), leisure activities, religion and education are a few of the topics he will cover.

7PM virtually via Zoom. Free for members. Access code will be provided prior to meeting.

March 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teaching Public History with the 1918 Pandemic in Nanaimo // Katharine Rollewagen

As a history professor at Vancouver Island University, Katharine Rollwagen used the 1918 pandemic to help her students understand a significant world event in a local context. The students then created an exhibit for the Nanaimo Museum in order to share their knowledge and new skills with the wider community. The presentation will focus on the process of developing the historians of tomorrow.

7PM virtually via Zoom. Free for members. Access code will be provided prior to meeting.

Katharine Rollewagen holds a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa and an MA in History from the University of Victoria. Previously, she was an L.R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, and a SSHRC post-doctoral scholar. 

February 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Japanese Family Removals from Saltspring Island // Brian Small Shaw

Presentation by Brian Small Shaw who has written numerous articles and given many presentations on the Japanese individuals and families who lived on Saltspring Island. His recent book is titled “As If They Were the Enemy: The Dispossession of Japanese Canadians on Saltspring Island” (2020)

7PM, Virtual via Zoom. Free for members. Access link will be sent to members preceding the meeting.

Brian Smallshaw has a master’s degree in history from the University of Victoria. His interest in trans-Pacific history dates from his period of residence in Asia. He lived for many years in Japan prior to moving to Saltspring Island in British Columbia. His current studies centre on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.