Series GR-0762 - Cariboo Gold Commissioner correspondence inward

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Cariboo Gold Commissioner correspondence inward

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  • 1860-1868 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Cariboo)

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10 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

In July 1860 the first Gold Commissioner for the Cariboo was appointed to reside at Alexandria. By 1862, the events of the Cariboo gold rush had shown that Alexandria was the wrong location for the Gold Commissioner's Office, thus it was closed and from 1862 to 1865, the Cariboo was divided into two parts, Cariboo East with a Gold Commissioner at Quesnelle Forks, and Cariboo West with a Gold Commissioner at Williams Creek (Richfield). In April 1865, Cariboo East and Cariboo West were united to form the District of Cariboo with the Gold Commissioner residing at Richfield. Barkerville soon became the actual administrative centre, but the official address remained Richfield until 1897. The County Court continued to sit at Richfield until 1914, when it moved to Quesnel, but the office of the Gold Commissioner for the Cariboo remained at Barkerville until 1954, when all administrative functions were centralized at Quesnel.

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This series consists of correspondence inward of the Cariboo Gold Commissioner regarding mining leases, indentures, partnerships and leaves of absence, mainly dated 1864. Records are filed alphabetically by the name of the individual or the company.

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History unknown. Records accessioned as GR-0762 in April 1980.


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See GR-1783 for additional Cariboo Gold Commissioner correspondence inward

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Accession number(s): GR-0762

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This series was previously described by the BC Archives under the title "correspondence inward".

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