Kurikka, Matti

KURIKKA, Matti, Finnish community leader, journalist (b 24 Jan 1863, Tuutari, Russia; d 1 Oct 1915, Westerly, RI). He was a socialist journalist and playwright in his native Finland when he founded the Kalevan Kansa ("the people of Kaleva") Colonization Company in 1899 to establish a utopian community in Australia. The community failed and he arrived in BC in 1900 at the invitation of a group of Finnish miners near NANAIMO, who wanted to establish their own idealistic community. They set him up...

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