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Great Entrepreneurs of the Mining Industry in the Age of Empires

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society is pleased to announce the first in a new series of presentations on Great Entrepreneurs.

Join us November 20th 2012, for presentation by Professor Raymond Dumett of Purdue University who will be speaking about Great Entrepreneurs of the Mining Industry in the age of Empires as they relate to the history of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. The intent is to bring greater understanding of the business dealings of Craigdarroch’s builder, Robert Dunsmuir, and others who contributed to the development of business and community during the late 1800 and early 1900’s.

This presentation is open to the public and will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 1273 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, followed by a reception at Craigdarroch Castle.

The evening’s speaker, Raymond Dumett (Ph.D. London), is Professor of History at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and is a ranking authority in the economic history of Africa and the history of the British Empire. He has published widely in such fields as agricultural history, slavery, trade and entrepreneurship, imperial finance and railways, territorial expansion, and the economics of mining enterprise. Professor Dumett has been a visiting lecturer at the universities of Cape Town, British Columbia, and Washington. He was a visiting senior member at Linacre College, Oxford and is a member of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author and/or editor of five books, including El Dorado in West Africa: the Gold Mining Frontier, African Labour and Colonial Capitalism (1998); Mining Tycoons in the Age of Empire: Entrepreneurship, High Finance, Politics and Territorial Expansion (2009) and Problems of Rural Development: Case Studies and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (1980).

Our evening will be a double experience — an educational lecture on an outstanding subject that bears on the Dunsmuir story and a social occasion for networking and discussion. The lecture takes place November 20th at 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. Doors will open at 6:40pm and the lecture will be followed by a reception in Craigdarroch Castle. Reservations are required.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Castle at 250.592.5323. Prices are $5 for students, $10 for Society members, and $15 for the general public.

For more information please contact Craigdarroch Castle at 250.592.5323 or

Cost: Adult: $15
Student: $5
Member: $10
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Location: Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria
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