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Our series begins with speaker Ronald Greene. In his lecture, Greene will discuss how in 1858, Victoria went from several hundred settlers to a town of several thousand almost overnight. This disruption from a quiet settlement to a bustling centre highlighted the absence of a single currency in the growing community. Due to limited access to American and Canadian cash from the East Coast, a wide-range of money from around the world was in use. This resulted in unusual trading practices and a lack of liquidity. Greene will look at how Victoria dealt with this problem, as well as with the changes that ensued over the next few years before the arrival of the railway.

Ronald Greene is a resident of Victoria and the former president of Capital Iron. He is a member of the Victoria Historical Society, past president of the BC Historical Foundation, and the author of Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863–1866.

Our lecture series offers opportunities to learn about a range of topics including the history of Victoria and heritage home restoration.