Pritam Kaur Dley

Pritam Kaur nee Sidhu (1915-2004) immigrated from India to Canada, a journey taking 21 days, a portion of that spent on the deck of the ship with only a tarp overhead. A marriage was arranged for her to Hari Singh Dley (1885-1958), a worker in the Greater Vancouver logging industry. The couple had two sons and a daughter. At the time of his death the family lived in or near Duncan. Mrs. Dley retired at Mesachie Lake on Vancouver Island.

Note: A translator offers English summaries of this interview conducted in Punjabi.

Description: Mrs. Dley discusses the immigration process from India to Canada, her first days in Canada, her arranged marriage, and her family’s housing situation. She also discusses her husband’s job in mills in North Vancouver, Vancouver, and New Westminster, safety issues, and the beginnings of unionization in the mills. Finally, she discusses race relations between mill workers’ families, relationships between the wives of mill workers, religious life in the Indian community, and childbirth.

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Title: [Mrs. Dley – 1/3]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Johel, N.K. ; Dley, —

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: [Unknown]

Type: Moving Image

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 Betacam videocassette

Format: video/mp4

Language: Punjabi ; English

Identifier: SD_WLHP_102

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: The VIVO Media Arts Centre. Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives. Sara Diamond fonds.

Rights: Videos provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these videos must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.

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Description: Mrs. Dley discusses her husband’s death, her move to the Lake Cowichan area (Mesachie Lake), and her daily routine farming in the dairy industry. She further discusses childbirth and childcare, as well as race relations in the Lake Cowichan area. Finally, she discusses community life in the area, including the importance of keeping Indian cultures alive, and the existence of women’s organizations.

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Title: [Mrs. Dley – 2/3]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Johel, N.K. ; Dley, —

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: [Unknown]

Type: Moving Image

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 Betacam videocassette

Format: video/mp4

Language: English

Identifier: SD_WLHP_103

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: The VIVO Media Arts Centre. Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives. Sara Diamond fonds.

Rights: Videos provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these videos must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.

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Description: Mrs. Dley walks through her and and garden and talks about farming the land, healthcare and tuberculosis in the Lake Cowichan area, the past and current status of women in the community, what she did for recreation when she wasn’t working, consumerism in the late 1940s and 1950s, her daily routine, and her housing situation in Mesachie Lake.

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Title: [Mrs. Dley – 3/3]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Johel, N.K. ; Dley, —

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: [Unknown]

Type: Moving Image

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 Betacam videocassette

Format: video/mp4

Language: English

Identifier: SD_WLHP_104

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: The VIVO Media Arts Centre. Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives. Sara Diamond fonds.

Rights: Videos provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these videos must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.