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.