Amar Singh Mattu

Amar Singh Mattu arrived in Victoria in 1931.

"When I first came here, six or seven families all used to live in one big bunkhouse on Marine Way. Some people had four or five kids but at that time I was single. I lived there about a year, not too long. In the winter we came there and in the summer we went back to work on the farms. I was never lonely. It was just like living with your friends, your mother and father. We had an upstairs sleeping room. All together there must have been 20 people. We had one stove and everybody cooked there. There was only one facility to bathe. We had a little tub and we would put hot water in there and take a bath. We each had our own rooms. It was noisy and there were three or four other single people living there. We had no TV or radio. We would just go out since there was nothing else to do. We would come home, cook our meal, eat and talk. I stayed with one family who cooked for me. Everybody used to clean the house. It was just like a family. There was nothing to do so we went to downtown Vancouver. Sometimes we would ride with our friends in their trucks. I learned from them and then bought my own truck."

This interview originally appeared in the March 1997 edition of **Mehfil Magazine.**

Amar Singh Mattu arrived in Victoria in 1931. He worked on potato farms in Delta and hauled lumber in his own truck before returning to India six years later. He remained there for a decade because no passenger ships sailed during the Second World War. Upon his return to Canada, he started his own trucking business that is operated by his son.