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Men’s Wages, Victoria, 1896

Victoria Daily Colonist, 1 July 1896

daily colonist 1896-7-1 - Colonist sexist ad

A Guarantee

Having added to our staff an A1 Lithographer, we are now in a better position than ever to guarantee work equal to the best known Eastern offices.  Try us……

We employ Men and Pay Men’s wages.

A fair profit is all we ask, and we do nothing but first-class work.  Visiting cards from copper plates or stone.

The Colonist,

Victoria, BC


New Life for Droopy Hairdos, Victoria, 1964

Daily Colonist, 12 January 1964

New Life for Droopy Hairdos….

We’re in the mood to discourse on permanents today … mainly because we’ve had so many over the years… and have finally found one that doesn’t start off by looking so stiff and set that you tell people “it’ll soften out after the next shampoo” … or conversely, so soft that it’s practically non-existent and the next shampoo is all that’s needed to brush it off completely… we got a very superior permanent at the House of Glamour several weeks before Christmas… known as a body permanent, in that it doesn’t really make your hair curly but holds line and shape, which is what all the new hair styles consist of….in fact curls, as such, are dead as a dodo… we’re completely happy with it, and think you would be too… another plus about the House of Glamour’s permanents… they’re comfortable and fast… you recline in a comfortable chair, sipping coffee and scanning the latest magazines… and first thing you know you’re finished and looking more excitingly glamorous than you ever though possible… or leaving glamour aside, certainly beautifully and smartly groomed… a nice way to start this nice new year would be a House of Glamour permanent, and a new hair style by Danny, or one of his award-winning stylists at the House of Glamour, 655 View St

Paulin(e) Family at Tod House, 2019


And here is the family photograph from our reunion held 18-20 July 2019.  Double the number of people on the porch in comparison to the original photograph taken in 1891-2.


Timothy Anthony Corley – Commercial Traveller – newspaper notices

Timothy Anthony Corley was a commercial traveller, and I was able to find notices in the newspapers across Canada which announced his arrival in town – particularly for the Creme de la Creme Cigar company.

Quebec Chronicle, 14 Nov 1900, page 3

Mr. TA Corley, representing the Crème de la Crème Cigar Factory of Montreal, is in town in the interests of the firm.  Mr. Corley has just returned from a trip to the coast.


La Presse, 30 July 1900, page 1

MJM Fortier

Il s’associe à plusieurs de ses employés pour exploiter le commerce des tabacs

Un avis paru dans le dernier numéro de la « Gazette du Canada » annonce la formation d’une compagnie nouvelle sous le nom : « The La Crème de la Crème Cigar Company (Limited) » avec un capital actions de cent cinquante mille piastres chacune.  Cette compagnie fera le commerce du tabac en général.  Les personnes dont les noms suivent ont demandé son incorporation : Joseph Mizeal Fortier, manufacturier; Raoul Dufresne, comptable; Edouard Mathurin, contremaitre; Gregory Papadopulos, contremaitre; tous de MOntreal; Frederick L Defond, commis-voyageur de Coaticook; Robert Hislop, commis voyageur de Toronto; TM Garland commis-voyageur de North Gower; et Timothee A Corley commis-voyageur de Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ls Lapoint comptable de Montréal.

La Presse, 18 Jan 1905

Action Prémature

L’action de TA Corley vs JN Fortin a été renvoyée par le juge Taschereau, comme prématurée.  Cette action était en recouvrement de $1,736,63, comme commission sur des ventes faites en 1902 par le demandeur pour la maison Fortin.  La défenderesse a admis ses engagements envers M Corley, mais a plaidé qu’au moment de l’institution de l’action, la commission du demandeur ne pouvait êtredéterminée, et cela a la connaissance de ce dernier.  La Cour a donné raison à la défenderesse sauf recouru.

Victoria Daily Colonist, 5 Sep 1901


Passengers per steamer Charmer from Vancouver, SP Moody, J French, N Wilson, JN Ellis, PG Shallcross, WH Drummond, Judge Dole, Dan Woodward, RE Walker, EV Bodwell, F Bayliss and wife, JM Fraser, W Higgins, JM Pearson, Geo Hurtford, LH Hardle, EC Jennings, WH Reed, Capt. GW Robertson, HB Gilmour, RH Spurling, Mrs. CH Godson, WH Gordon and wife, LB Peeples, A Renale, NP Snyder, JR Williams, AG McCandless, C Millard, AH Mellor and wife, JR McLean & wife, J O’Grady, HJ Telfer, TA Corley and wife.

Victoria Daily Colonist, 15 Feb 1901


TA Corley, representing the Crème de la Crème Cigar Co, of Montreal, is at the Victoria.

Diary of Frederick Arthur Paulin, 1883

New page!!!!

The Paulin reunion has come and gone, and I am now going through some of the material that has been shared with me.  Today I am posting a new page, a transcription of the diary that Frederick Arthur Paulin(e) kept between 1883 and 1887.  This period encompasses his immigration from Birmingham to Winnipeg, then his move to Victoria.  In Victoria he undertook several jobs including working in a cannery, and as an accountant.  The period also included the move of his siblings George, Ernest and Herbert to Victoria.



Kathleen Paulin obituary, 1914

Victoria Times, 24 March 1914


A sad loss has been sustained by one of the best-known families in Victoria by the passing away of little Kathleen Mary Paulin, who died this morning at the early age of eleven years.  The little girl was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Paulin, of 566 Michigan Street, her father being well-known as the organist of Christ Church cathedral.  Mrs. Paulin, who was a daughter of Captain Nicholls, represents another family prominent in the annals of Victoria, and the little girl herself was born in this city and had a wide circle of friends who will learn with sorrow of her untimely death.  She had been ill for a year, but had from time to time given hopes of recovery, through her end was not totally unexpected.  The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 2.15 from the house, service being conducted at the cathedral at 2.30.  The internment will be in Ross Bay cemetery, and the BC Funeral company has charge of the arrangements.

Wedding of WF Pauline and Muriel King, 1924

Victoria Times, 14 July 1924, page 6


Pretty House Wedding Saturday

Nuptials of Sergt WF Pauline of Work Point and Miss Muriel King


A pretty wedding took place on Saturday evening at the residence of the bride’s parents.  Mr. and Mrs. William King, 2194 Douglas Street, in the presence of relatives and intimate friends, when Major Rev Dr Campbell officiated at a ceremony which made Miss Muriel Florence King the bride of Sergeant William Frederick Pauline, of Work Point.  The bride, who was charming in a French gown of powder blue georgette, beautifully brocaded and trimmed with steel and black beads, wore a coronet of silver leaves and carried a bouquet of Ophelia roses, mauve sweet peas and maidenhair fern.  She came into the drawing room on the arm of her father, who gave her in marriage.  She was attended as bridesmaid by Miss Myrtle Mabel King, her sister, who was very handsome in a frock of pink georgette trimmed with white beads and carried a bouquet of pink sweet peas and lilies of the valley with maidenhair fern.  The bridegroom was accompanied as groomsman by Mr. William Stuart Hodgson.  The room was artistically decorated in a color scheme of mauve and white, and the ceremony performed under an arch of sweet peas.  While the register was being signed Miss Jenny Stubbs sweetly sang “Because.”

Mr. and Mrs. Pauline left by the midnight boat for Vancouver and the Sound cities, and on their return will make their home in Victoria, of which city they are both natives.

Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. George Porter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gold, Miss Stella Gold, Mr. and Mrs. H Pauline, Mr. and Mrs. Murray, Miss Muriel Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs and family, Mr. and Mrs. Humber and family, Mr. D Hodgin and Mrs. Ware.

Obit – Mary Cutler Pauline, 1921

Victoria Times, 7 August 1921, page 9


Mrs. Mary Pauline died last night

Mother of Saanich MPP called by death at ripe age


A well-known Victoria family has suffered its second bereavement within a few weeks in the death of Mrs. Mary Pauline, widow of the late Frederick Pauline, who passed away last night at the residence of her daughter Mrs. CF Gardiner, 1020 Fairfield Road.

The late Mrs. Pauline was born in Kew, England, and was 84 years 7 months old at the time of her death.  She had been a resident of this city for the last thirty-four years, and was esteemed by a wide circle of old-time friends.  One of her sons, George Pauline, the organist, pre-deceased her some days ago and the shock of his death undoubtedly hastened her end.

She is survived by three sons, FA Pauline, MPP for Saanich; Herbert W and JA Pauline of Victoria, also seven daughters, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. CP Gardiner, Mrs. GA Gardiner, Mrs. H Short, Mrs. RH Williams, Mrs. (Capt.) Le Praik, and Mrs. DL Hickey of this city.  The remains will repose at the BC Funeral Chapel until Wednesday morning, when they will be conveyed to the residence of Mrs. CF Gardiner, 1020 Fairfield Road, from where the funeral will leave at 10.45, proceeding to Christ Church Cathedral for the services at 11 o’clock.  Internment will be made in the family plot at Ross Bay Cemetery.

mary paulin and kid
Mary Paulin and child, circa 1860-70s, c. Kathleen Paulin

Mr Pauline leaves for London Post, 1925

Victoria Colonist, 8 Feb 1925, page 5

Mr. Pauline leaves for London Post

Agent-General Confident of Future Progress

Will confer with Canadian Prime Minister and Federal Cabinet at Ottawa

Accompanied by his wife and son, Oliver, and Mrs. EA Thaw, his sister-in-law, Mr. FA Pauline, the newly appointed Agent-General for British Columbia, left on yesterday’s steamer for Vancouver en route for London, England, where he will take up his new duties at British Columbia House.  Mr. Pauline and party will travel via the Canadian National Railways to Ottawa, where he will meet Rt Hon Mackenzie King, Canadian Prime Minister, and members of the Federal Cabinet, before proceeding to New York, from which port he will sail on February 14.

The new agent-general was optimistic regarding the industrial and commercial future of British Columbia, and reiterated his intention to bring into being a closer union between British markets and producers of this Province.  He would also strive to develop greater interest among British financial men and British Columbia resources and potentialities.

On leaving Victoria to take up my duties as Agent-General in London, I wish to express my best thanks for the many kindnesses received by myself and my family from the people of British Columbia,” said Mr. Pauline, before boarding his ship.  “I desire to extend to them all my best wishes for their welfare, both now and in the future.”

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