Camillo Bridarolli came to Canada in 1924 because he
wanted to get away from the political situation in
Italy. He came to Lethbridge because he had an uncle
living there. Unemployment was high and the only work
he could get was in the coal mines. Despite never having
worked at it before, coal-mining became a large part of his
life; he worked at Coalhurst and a number of other
mines in the area and even owned and operated his own
mine. In 1944 he sold out to his partner in order to
move to Lethbridge for the sake of his children's education.
The interview was conducted by Giancarlo Grelli for the Dante Alighieri Oral History Project in 1973.
This oral history project was initiated by Sabatino
Roncucci, a founder of the Dante Alighieri Society, for the
purpose of documenting immigration history so that it
could be shared not only with the Italian community but also
the community at large.