42BOA VINDA A CANADÁ

Tobacco farms, beet farms, and railroad companies brought thousands of Portuguese to the Sydenham River area. The average pay was $55 a week, minus $10 or so for room and board. One Strathroy pioneer avoided this by renting a house, and then subletting to other Portuguese labourers. At one point, there were over 20 people living in his house!

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By the late 1950s and early 60s, many men had settled into reliable jobs, and began sponsoring their wives and children to come and join them. Clubs and organizations sprang up to support their culture. One of the most important sources for support came from the Catholic Church. All Saints' Church in Strathroy offered weekly masses in Portuguese, and helped organize the New Canadian Club, which supported Portuguese culture in the area.

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