Camillo Bridarolli came to Canada in 1924 because he wanted
to get away from the political situation in Italy. He came to
Lethbridge because he had an uncle living there. Unemployment
was high and the only work he could get was in the coal mines.
Despite never having worked at it before, coal-mining became a
large part of his life; he worked at
Coalhurst and a number of
other mines in the area and even owned and operated his own
mine. In 1944 he sold out to his partner in order to move to
Lethbridge for the sake of his children's education.
The interview was conducted by Charles Grelli for the Dante
Alighieri Oral History Project in 1973.
This oral history project was initiated by Sabatino Roncucci, a
founder of the Dante Alighieri Society, for the purpose of
documenting immigration history so that it could be shared not
only with the Italian community but also the community at large.
Bridarolli: Oral History Excerpts
Mr. Bridarolli gives an idea of the Italian make-up of
Lethbridge, and the occupations that employed the majority
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