As part of our series on Historic Victoria Advertisements we have included this page on advertisements from long running, but now defunct, businesses of the past which have had an influence on Victoria’s history or which we think might be of interest to anyone researching Victoria history.
Here are the advertisements we have included on this page so far. We will be adding more in future.
Goodacre Butchers operated for decades in what is now 1325-1327 Government Street.
Its proprietor, Lawrence Goodacre, also served on Victoria City Council and played a large role in developing Beacon Hill Park, where Goodacre Lake is named for him.
E.B. Marvin & Co., Ship Chandlers, was a significant business in downtown Victoria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Its business location is still standing at 1202 Wharf Street.
1910 Advertisement For The Brackman-Ker Milling Company, 1420 Broad Street
The Brackman-Ker Milling Company was one of Victoria’s leading businesses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This advertisement depict the Brackman-Ker Milling Company’s mill (now demolished) at what was then called the Outer Wharf but what is now referred to as Ogden Point, where cruise ships dock when visiting Victoria.
The Brackman-Ker Milling Company is connected with the following buildings in downtown Victoria:
- 1407 Government Street, built in 1888
- 1420 Broad Street, built in 1907
- 512-514 Fort Street, built in 1909
R.P. Rithet & Co. was involved in insurance, warehousing and wholesale liquor and grocery distribution.
This 1913 advertisement for Budweiser beer shows R.P. Rithet & Co. as Victoria distributor for Budweiser.
Heaney’s was a moving and storage company which was located at 1225-1229 Wharf Street for several decades.
This advertisement is indicative of how Wharf Street has changed from the light industrial district it was in the 1930’s to the retail and entertainment district it is today.
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