The Women's Institute expanded into British Columbia in 1909 when Laura Rose of Ontario toured the southern part of B.C. for six weeks at the invitation of the Dept. of Agriculture. Fifteen branches were organized during that time and within two years there were twenty four branches with a membership of over one thousand. Over the years the numbers grew with women discovering the friendship, support and learning experiences of W.I. The organization was formed as a way to encourage camaraderie among women; its goal was for members to learn more about homemaking, child rearing, health issues and other concerns.
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Arthur Brookman was the son of Arthur and Annie Brookman who came to Victoria in 1928. They ran the corner store on Admirals and Gorge Roads which remained virtually unchanged until 1949 when Mr. Brookman Jr. built the service station and the apartment block. Arthur Brookman Jr. attended Craigflower and Mount View Schools. He joined the Navy in 1941. Upon his return, he worked with the Pacific Meat Company for a short time and then went back to running the store in 1947. He kept the store until 1971, then rented it to Maurice and Kileasa Wong. Mr. Brookman was well known for his track and field accomplishments. He died in 1995.
Arthur Brookman Sr. and his wife Annie came to Victoria in 1928. They ran the corner store on Admirals and Gorge Roads. Their son, Arthur Brookman Jr. continued to operate the store until 1971.
Cora Browne (nee Halton) attended Cedar Hill School from 1932 to 1940, and Mount Douglas High School from 1940 to at least 1943.
Josiah Bull was born in 1896 at Royal Oak where his father owned 40 acres of farm land. He attended Royal Oak and old North Dairy Schools. He was married to Gladys in 1926 and they had four children. He joined the Saanich Police force on March 1, 1930. In 1938 Josiah Bull was made Police Chief. He retired in 1957, and died in 1965.