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Commission on Claims Arising out of Riots on Vancouver Island
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- British Columbia. Commission to Inquire into the Vancouver Island Riots, 1913-1914 
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72 cm of textual records and 16 photographs
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The Commission on Claims Arising out of Riots on Vancouver Island was commissioned on August 3, 1916 under the provisions of the Public Inquiries Act. Mr. Justice Francis Brooke Gregory was appointed sole commissioner and directed to inquire into all claims for compensation for injury, both to person and property, arising out of riots which occurred during the coal miners’ strike on Vancouver Island in 1913 and 1914. Gregory was not charged with determining the cause of the riots but to report on the claims for compensation. 380 claims were filed with the commission. Sessions were held at Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Victoria from August 16, 1916 until December 15, 1916. Commissioner Gregory presented his report to the Lieutenant-Governor on December 21, 1916. In it was a schedule of claimants, amounts claimed by them and amounts allowed by the commission. A subsequent bill known as the Riots Claims Settlement Act was introduced to compensate claimants as per the commission’s decisions.
The records were transferred from the Legislative Library of British Columbia to the Provincial Archives in 1978.
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The series consists of an alphabetical index to the claims and a numerical list of claimants (1916); the claims submitted to the commission arranged in numerical order (1916); additional documents and Commissioner Gregory's notes relating to specific claims (1916); transcripts of the commission hearings (1916); reports, statements and translations relating to the claims for damage to Chinese property (1913-1916); documents and proceedings relating to court cases that took place prior to the commission (1913-1916); correspondence (1913-1916); commissioner's report (1916).
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Portions of the records are in Chinese.
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Digitized as part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative.
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- Finding aid: file list and indexes to claims in Box 1, File 1.
Archives code(s): 197905-009.
Accession number(s): GR-0518; 197905-009
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- Gregory, Francis Brooke, 1862-1936 (Subject)