Lynne Bowen: “The Italians of Store and Johnson Streets”
A Friends of the BC Archives presentation.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
2 – 4 pm
$5 general public
Free for members of the Friends of the BC Archives
The Italians of Store and Johnson Streets were unlike any other Italian immigrantsto British Columbia. They came to Victoria to stay and to make their mark on society, not to work at the meanest jobs and take all their money back to Italy. There was the mule driver, who disappeared intothe Barkerville gold rush, and the marblecutter who became fabulously wealthy. There was the hotelier who sued the federal government and the pugnacious coffee merchant who wasn’t afraid of anybody. And there was the grand ladywhose secrets lie hidden behind the inscriptions on a Ross Bay tombstone.