Fonds PR-1189 - Birch family fonds

Mrs. A.N. Birch. Main street in Barkerville Unidentified First Nations settlement in the Cariboo. Soda Creek; end of navigation on the upper Fraser River. Government House, overlooking the Fraser River; Legislative Council Chamber on the far right, Gov... Douglas Lake. Unidentified First Nations cemetery in the Cariboo. Edwar's Rest House; halfway between Quesnel and the Cariboo. Arthur N. Birch. Unidentified location. Lieutenant Arthur Nonus Birch, New Westminster. Barkerville. Pemberton, lake and town The first bridge built in BC by J. Trutch; Fraser River, just above Yale Fraser River, one mile above Yale. "Gathering of Indians at New Westminster on the Queen's birthday, 1865" Kamloops BC. First Nations meeting with Governor Seymour and others near Lillooet. Volunteer corps at New Westminster. St. Edward Church, Southwold, United Kingdom Governor Seymour on the far left and others playing poker. Unidentified plantation. Governor Frederick Seymour and others playing cards. St. Edward's Church, Southwold, United Kingdom

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Birch family fonds

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  • textual record
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  • 1836-1946 [Copied 1974] (Creation)
    Birch (family)

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1 microfilm reel, 20 cm of textual records, 34 photographs

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The Birch family was based in England. In 1864 Arthur Nonus Birch accepted the post as colonial secretary to British Columbia, which he held until 1866. He married Josephine Watt-Russell in 1873, after he had left British Columbia.

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The fonds consists of the Birch family's diaries and correspondence, reminiscences and photographs created by Arthur Nonus Birch and many other family members.

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Archives code(s): MS-0061; HP082429-HP082462.

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Accession number(s): 74-080; 76-015

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