Syme, James

SYME, James, architect, pioneer salmon canner (b 1832, Edinburgh, Scotland; d 18 Apr 1881, Victoria). He came to BC in 1862 to join the Cariboo GOLD RUSH and worked a claim near BARKERVILLE. He then settled in NEW WESTMINSTER in 1865, making his living as an ornamental plasterer and artist. None of his oil paintings are known to have survived. In 1867, in a saltery at ANNIEVILLE on the FRASER R opposite New Westminster, he began the first commercial SALMON CANNERY in BC, selling locally and...

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