1882 Victoria Directory


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A dynamic list of the nearly 500 occupations recorded in the Victoria section of Williams' British Columbia Directory for the years 1882-83.

A dynamic list of the business firms and proprietors identified as employers in the Victoria section of the 1882-83 British Columbia Directory.

Victoria - Descriptive
Business directories were intended to elicit pride and confidence among local proprietors and attract potential investors from outside the community. Thus, the directories described the local community in glowing terms. These pages from Williams' British Columbia Directory (pp. 9-12) provide a glowing description of the city's "many advantages" (handsome public buildings, natural beauty spots, etc.) and its "steady progress." The pages also provide information about transportation and communication (steamships, stages, telegraphs, etc.), schools, churches, and fraternal organizations.

Victoria - General Progress
This portion of Williams' British Columbia Directory (pp. 13-21) deals with local businesses and commercial activities. The section entitled "Building Improvements" describes public buildings and business premises recently constructed in the city. Business enterprises are broadly categorized and described under such headings as boarding houses, breweries, foundaries, hotels, sash and door factories. This portion of the directory also identifies steamers and steam ship lines. It concludes with a statistical abstract of shipping returns for the Port of Victoria.