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A History of Money in 19th Century BC

Ronald Greene

Portrait photo Ronald Greene

Does money really make the world go round, and if so, how did it do so in the 1800's? Today we use plastic debit and credit cards, occasionally cash and cheques, but credit cards didn't exist in the 19th century, cheques were in very restricted use and coin was often in short supply. How did our ancestors cope with making purchases and payments? How did merchants pay manufacturers or suppliers for their goods?

On Wednesday, March 11, the Salt Spring Island Historical Society will present a special program entitled A History of Money in British Columbia in the 19th Century. The program will look at the forms of money and payments that existed from the Colonial period up to the First World War. The presenter, Ronald Greene, is a life long resident of Victoria. He obtained a degree at the University of British Columbia in Chemical Engineering. Later, in his spare time he obtained another degree from the University of Victoria in Japanese Studies and French.

For over forty-five years Ron has been an active researcher and writer of British Columbia and Canada's numismatic history, publishing many articles, and a book. He is a past President of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society, Past President of the Canadian Paper Money Society, and a recipient of the Royal Canadian Mint Medal for Numismatic Education in 1991 and the J. Douglas Ferguson Award in 1986.

Apart from numismatics, Ron has served as chairman of the Victoria's Heritage Advisory Committee, President of the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and Chairman of the Maritime Museum of B.C. Foundation He won the Heritage Canada Regional Award of Honour in 1982 for the restoration of the Capital Iron facades. He is currently the President for the British Columbia Historical Federation and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Friends of the British Columbia Archives.

Accession Number Interviewer Address to Historical Society
Date Wed. March 11, 2009 Location Central Hall
Media digital recording