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Fonds PR-1344 - Crease family fonds

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Crease family fonds

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  • textual material
  • cartographic drawing
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  • multiple media

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  • 1753-1965 (Creation)
    Crease (family)

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ca. 10 m of textual records and other material

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Crease (family)

Biographical history

Henry Pering Pellew Crease (1823-1905) was born at Ince Castle, Yorkshire, England, the son of Captain Henry Crease (d. 1862), a Royal Naval Officer, and Mary Crease, heiress of Ince Castle. Educated as a lawyer, Crease married Sarah Lindley, daughter of a noted British botanist, in 1853 and came to British Columbia in 1858 to serve as Attorney-General of the Colony of Vancouver Island. He later became involved in politics, was appointed to the Supreme Court, and was knighted in 1896, nine years before his death. His wife, Sarah, died in 1922. The Crease family children included Mary (1854-1915); Barbara (1857-1883); Susan (1855-1947), an artist involved with the local Council of Women; Lindley (1867-1940), a lawyer and outdoorsman; Arthur (1872-1967), a lawyer and soldier; and Josephine (1864-1947), an artist prominent in the Island Arts and Crafts Society. Other family members in the province included Emily Howard Crease (d. 1900), Henry's sister, who was a teacher in Victoria. Both generations of the Crease family were active in Victoria's political, social, religious, philanthropic and Masonic organizations.

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The fonds consists of diaries, correspondence, journals, notebooks, sketchbooks and account books of Henry Pering Pellew Crease; diaries, correspondence, sketchbooks, notebooks, and letter index of Sarah (Lindley) Crease; diaries, correspondence, notebooks, sketchbooks and commonplace book of Lindley Crease; diaries, sketchbooks, library catalogue and correspondence of Susan Crease; diaries, sketchbooks and notebooks of Josephine Crease, including records relating to Island Arts and Crafts Society; and diaries, correspondence and account books of Arthur Crease. Includes diaries of Emily Howard Crease, correspondence of Barbara Crease, correspondence of other family members, diaries and sketchbooks of Mary Crease, and minutes of the Colonial Securities Company. Fonds includes maps of the Crimea, Toronto, and various locations in B.C. Also includes a scrapbook regarding the Bishop Hills, Dean Cridge dispute.

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Descriptive list available for MS-0573. Inventory available for paintings, drawings, and photographs.

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Archives code(s): MS-0055; MS-0056; MS-0535; MS-0573; MS-1913; 198207-48; 197906-3; 197906-13; 198107-67; 198202-26; 198203-71; 198311-3; 98311-5; 98401-1; 98806-1; PDP; A/E/C86; M856037.

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Accession number(s): 199104-002; MS-0535; 198701-001

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Includes: 4000 photographs, 3000 paintings and drawings, and 60 maps.

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