Lusitania Riots

LUSITANIA RIOTS were public outbursts of anti-German sentiment in VICTORIA following the sinking of the British passenger liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine on 7 May 1915. Feelings ran high because among the 1,195 fatalities were 15 people from Victoria, including James Dunsmuir, son of the former LT GOV. When word spread that local GERMANS were celebrating the sinking, an angry crowd smashed up German-owned businesses while the police watched. The mayor was forced...

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