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 Who Wins?: The Battle for California’s Energy Market between Vancouver Island and Puget Sound Coal Mines, 1880 -1914” with Jack Bryden

Presented by the Victoria Historical Society

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7.  Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments and conversation.  A short business meeting at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker, Jack Bryden.  Admission is free for members, $5 for guests.  See website www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca.

How did Vancouver Island energize California?  Between 1880 and 1914, the rapidly growing state of California relied on imported coal to power everything from locomotives and warships to stoves and heaters in private homes.  Yet, despite tariff barriers and competition from Washington State, Vancouver Island coal producers became the major suppliers of coal to the Golden State.

Jack Bryden, a former employee of the BC Ministry of Environment, is a past-president of the BC Water and Waste Association and the current President of the Victoria Historical Society.  Jack and wife Britta presently divide their time between residences in Victoria and Quebec City where Jack is on the Board of the 195 year old Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

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