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The Immigration Story of William Campbell (Scottish immigrant)

The Museum reviews and accepts donated personal or family memories and histories into its collection. As a learning institution, the accounts help us understand how individuals recollect, interpret, or construct meaning from lived experiences. The stories are not modified by Museum staff. The point of view expressed is that of the author and not that of the Museum.

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English
Creative Commons: 
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2014.186.1

Story Text: 

From the age of 10, when started writing to my cousin in Quebec, I wanted to live in Canada. I arrived in Victoria in 1963 and was hired by Woodwards, and stayed with them to 1989. My first Dominion day in Canada was a national holiday and I decide to drive out to see Sidney, a small town 15 miles away. As I drove into town, I was impressed by the crowds of people who were cheering  as I drove down the main street. An RCMP officer waved me down and told me to get out of the way of the parade, which was right behind me !!

I didnt visit Sydney again until 3 years later as I was afraid someone would recognise me !! The song I wrote for Canada sums up all the feelings I have for this country and I thank everyone who has helped me live my dream in the greatest country in the world.