Lumley and Selim Franklin

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The Franklin brothers, Lumley and Selim, were "high bred gentlem(e)n" from Liverpool, England. Following a fire in his very successful store in San Francisco, Selim Franklin was lured by the Gold Rush to settle in Victoria. He became a real estate dealer and auctioneer. In 1860 Selim was elected to the second Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island.

The year Selim resigned from the Legislature, 1866, his older brother Lumley was elected second mayor of Victoria. Lumley Franklin was influential in joining Vancouver Island to the mainland Colony of British Columbia and a leader in the confederation movement to unite it with Canada. The brothers were founders and executive members of the Victoria Philharmonic Society. Both sang in musical performances.