Item AAAB4454 - Evelyn Sullivan interview

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Evelyn Sullivan interview

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  • 1979 [date recorded] (Creation)

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Interviews recorded as research for Bossin's book "Settling Clayoquot" (Sound Heritage Series no. 33).

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SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Tofino-Clayoquot : Evelyn Sullivan RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979 SUMMARY: In an interview with Bob Bossin, Evelyn Sullivan discusses early days in the Tofino-Clayoquot area. Mrs. Sullivan talks about: her grandmother being the first white woman in Tofino, 1881; her family went to Tofino to trade furs with the Natives; memories of her grandfather; warring Native tribes in the 1880s in Tofino; Native cemetery -- her grandfather burned it to keep his children from playing in it; grandfather "rescued sailors from being eaten by the Natives"; her father was apprenticed as a millwright; her parents married in 1904; relations between Norwegians and English in Tofino in early 20th century; she liked the Norwegians but found the Scots to be perpetual drunks; anecdote about Joe Bryce; Fred Tibbs -- odd but harmless; bad luck at Dream Island (Tibbs' Island); anecdote about desecrating an Indian grave; Dr. Dixson, his daughter Winnie; Brinkman, an artist, teaching her and her girlfriends the art of flirtation; smuggling of rum and opium; Chinese immigration to Canada; Tom Stone and his boat; Ahousat became dangerous; only beer parlour was at Clayoquot; anecdote about a chambermaid being forced into prostitution; comments about George Nicholson; the Leach murder; she believes the Japanese families in area were most likely spies; Japanese internment was for the best; anecdote about a wise Native man; Natives did not mix with the whites; Mr. Guthrie's life.

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Bob Bossin, 1981-09-09


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  • Partial transcript on file.
  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-243.

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  • Copying Restriction: None
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  • Copyright Status: Copyright assigned to B.C. Archives by Bob Bossin, 1982-04-07.

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Excerpts from this interview appeared in "Settling Clayoquot", Sound Heritage Series no. 33.

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Accession number(s): T3878

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speaker: Evelyn Rose Evans Sullivan, interviewer: Bob Bossin

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