Fonds PR-2013 - British Columbia Land and Investment Agency fonds

[Interior office of BCLIA] BC Land Office on Government Street Cuyler Armstrong Holland Albert Edwin Brayne

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British Columbia Land and Investment Agency fonds

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PR-2013

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  • 1858-1960 (Creation)
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    British Columbia Land and Investment Agency, Ltd

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73.75 m of textual records, 75 photographs

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The British Columbia Land and Investment Agency originated with Thomas Allsop and Company founded in 1862 by Thomas Allsop (d. 1902) as an estate, financial and insurance agency based in Victoria, B.C. He was joined by Henry Slye Mason (d. 1899) in the late 1870s, and the firm was restyled Allsop and Mason. In 1887, the BCLIA was incorporated to carry on the business of Allsop and Mason. With a head office in London, and offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, the BCLIA heavily invested in the development of British Columbia for the next eighty years.

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The British Columbia Land and Investment Agency originated with Thomas Allsop and Company founded in 1862 by Thomas Allsop (d. 1902) as an estate, financial and insurance agency based in Victoria, B.C. He was joined by Henry Slye Mason (d. 1899) in the late 1870s, and the firm was restyled Allsop and Mason. In 1887, the BCLIA was incorporated to carry on the business of Allsop and Mason. With a head office in London, and offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, the BCLIA heavily invested in the development of British Columbia for the next eighty years.

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The British Columbia Land and Investment Agency originated with Thomas Allsop and Company founded in 1862 by Thomas Allsop (d. 1902) as an estate, financial and insurance agency based in Victoria, B.C. He was joined by Henry Slye Mason (d. 1899) in the late 1870s, and the firm was restyled Allsop and Mason. In 1887, the BCLIA was incorporated to carry on the business of Allsop and Mason. With a head office in London, and offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, the BCLIA heavily invested in the development of British Columbia for the next eighty years.

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Incorporated 28 August 1906.

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  • The fonds was donated to the City of Victoria Archives in September 1976 as part of accession 97609-01. The bulk of the accession was received from the Victoria office of the BCLIA; series 33 and 34 were donated by the firm's owners, British and Canadian Investments Limited of London, England. The fonds was held by the City of Victoria Archives as PR1 until March 2000 when it was transferred to the British Columbia Archives.
  • The portrait of Henry Slye Mason was held by the City of Victoria Archives as accession 98408-03. It was transferred to the BC Archives in 2009.

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The fonds consists of articles of association (1896-1913), Board of Directors and annual general meeting minutes (1887-1948), minutes of meetings of the four percent debenture stockholders (1896-1956), Victoria office mortgage registration book (1903-1919), revocation and grant of powers of attorney (1892-1935), reports, notices, licences, correspondence, and other records of the Victoria and Vancouver offices. Records of the Victoria office include correspondence (1858-1960) with Thomas Dixon Galpin, the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, the Great West Life Assurance Company, the Montreal Rolling Mills Company, and the Company's Nanaimo and Vancouver agencies and its London office, as well as correspondence and papers relating to Mayhew and Harlow, the Phoenix Assurance Company, Nicholles and Renouf Ltd., Frederick George Walker, the Douglas estate, and the estates of James Crawford, Jean-Baptiste Timmerman and Rev. Arthur Whiteside. Fonds also includes photographs of BCLIA properties, employees and offices. Fonds includes records of predecessor companies, Thomas Allsop and Company and Allsop and Mason. The fonds is arranged into 124 series.

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Archives code(s): MS-2880.

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Accession number(s): 2009.42.1; 93-5638

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