Spirits in Victoria
An Inspection of Liquor in the 1860's
Hotel Victoria Bar
- photo courtesy of the BC Archives
The intention of this web site
draw attention to the fact that the drinking problem that was so widely
discussed by the colonial officials throughout the 1860's was not, despite
what the correspondance tells us, a problem tcorrespondenceive to the Native
population. I have tried to highlight some of the instances that show that
drinking was a recreation that almost all of Vancouver Island's population
was, in one way or another, participating in. I have tried to show that there
were reasons for the high rate of drinking such as: poor living conditions,
an access of liquor, a boom and then a depression in the economy. All of
these conditions provide some reasons for why so many people drank.
I realize that there is a lack of true analysis in this
web site and that there is much work left to be done. This project was my
first such experience in developing a web site and I had to learn everything
as I went along. Consequently much of my energy was put into the presentation
of the material, rather the analysis of the sources.
Therefore, it is my hope that I have interested people
in the topic of liquor and drinking in the 1860's. There is much research
to be conducted on the subject and many revelations to be found and hopefully
somebody who viewed this site will go out there and find them.