Beyond the Gardens' Wall: The Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet

Beyond the Gardens Wall: The Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet

Release date:

2010

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30 minutes

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Significant limestone deposits at Tod Inlet, near Victoria, attracted Owen Sound businessman Robert Pim Butchart to relocate his Portland cement factory to Vancouver Island in 1904. As the limestone was extracted, his wife Jennie took on the task of creating a series of sunken gardens on the 55-acre site.

Beyond the Gardens' Wall tells the story of immigrant Chinese and Sikh workers who worked first at the cement plant and then continued the labour to create what is now known as The Butchart Gardens. Extensive research, narration, rare archival footage and comments from the workers' descendants, including Victoria's mayor Alan Lowe, describe a little-known chapter in Canadian history and illustrate the harsh impact of Canada's immigration laws on these immigrant communities.

 

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