Series GR-0255 - Cariboo Gold Commissioner records

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Cariboo Gold Commissioner records

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  • 1861-1901 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Gold Commissioner (Cariboo, B.C.)

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13 cm of textual records

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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 centralised at Quesnel.

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The series consists of records created by the Cariboo Gold Commissioner between 1861 and 1901. The records include correspondence inward; financial records, Gold Commissioners Court records and corporate and mining records.

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Accession number(s): GR-0255

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