Herman Schultz: Early Jewish Pioneer Businessman of Victoria, BC

Herman Schultz

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Herman Schultz was born 1831 in Bernbaome, Prussia.

He became a cobbler by trade.


Along the way . . . .

Schultz’s experiences during the California Gold Rush prepared him for the Fraser River Gold Rush when he arrived in 1858.

He was a licensed trader, not a gold prospector, at Lytton, in 1859.

By 1860, he had opened a store there.

March of 1861, he amalgamated with another trader, forming a lasting partnership as Shultz & Trickey.

They went into mining and organized: “one of the best-known early freight carrying firms operating pack trains in B.C. “

Schultz & Trickey were amongst the first businesses at Quesnel Forks by 1862.


Victoria, BC

The partners settled in Victoria in 1863, where they owned a substantial brick building with tenements on Government Street.

At this address, they opened a Boot and Shoe Store.

Newspaper Adv. for Shultz' Shoe Store,

Newspaper Adv. for Shultz’ Shoe Store,


Herman Schultz married the daughter of Judah P. Davies, nineteen-yea-old Elizabeth Davies, in 1863.

Their marriage was the first one performed in Congregation Emanu-El’s new synagogue.

Their son, Samuel Davies Schultzwas born in 1865, and became an important judge in British Columbia.


Elizabeth Schultz died in 1866; the first woman to be buried in Victoria’s Jewish cemetery.



  • Cyril Leonoff, editor, “Pioneer Jews of British Columbia,” Western States Jewish History 37/3&4.
  • Sarah H. Tobe, “Lured North of the 49th, Jewish Colonial Roots,” Western States Jewish History 46/2&3.
  • Archives of Sarah H. Tobe, Cyril E. Leonoff, Christopher J.P. Hanna, and David Rome.

Sarah H. Tobe is curator of this Herman Schultz exhibit.