Item AAAB3972 - Clare McAllister interview : [Mole, 1979]

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Clare McAllister interview : [Mole, 1979]

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RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1979 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Clare McAllister was born in Nelson in 1906. She discusses her family background, her mother and father (McQuarrie). Father the mayor of Nelson, also in real estate, and with a physical handi;cap. Brother 12 years older. She discusses the winters in Nelson, deliveries and transportation by sleigh. "Our Chinaman", old Charlie and his duties. Her family's position in society in Nelson, the ";Merchant" class of the town. Travel in the area (steamboat, railroad, Seattle). Christmas of 1917: the smell of Christmas; the tree -- candles, safety factor, when it was put up; stockings; Christmas ;morning; gifts and candies; nightgown; boudoir cap; dancing slipper bag. Comparison between Christmases then and now (1979). Brother overseas for WWI. Christmas dinner with family friends. "Emily" the;ir servant-girl and her background. Details of the house. Dinner details. Brother's absence, army background, parcels to and from England, his wounds. "Game suppers" in Nelson just before Christmas. M;oving to Vancouver after father and brother's deaths. Shopping trips from New Westminster to Vancouver. Transportation on interurban and trams in the 1920s. Persistence of family traditions. Stockings; for aged aunts. TRACK 2: The Depression years in Victoria. Beggars following the wood trucks. Stocking fodder -- toothbrushes. Christmases during the 1930s. Christmas morning routine. Finding the tr;ee. Christmas decorations. The Victoria consumers' co-operative, measures of saving and conserving during the 1930s. "The vegetable Chinaman", lychee nuts just before Christmas, with lily and ginger. ;Chinese coconut lady. More on the vegetable man. Mrs. McAllister's education. Stores in Vancouver at Christmas in the 1920s. Ladies and kids' gloves, fur coats. Plays and theatres. Spencer's store. Th;e "Tart man" in the window. Decorations on street and in Birks. Gifts for police and elevator girls. Toys for Depression-era children and other gifts.;

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Rich Mole, 1979-12


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  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-211.

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  • Use Restriction: For private and educational use only. Not for broadcast or commercial use without permission of the B.C. Archives.
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Recorded as research for "Seasons Greetings from British Columbia's Past", Sound Heritage Series no. 29.

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Accession number(s): T3578

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speaker: Clare Nulalinda McAllister, interviewer: Rich Mole

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