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Crease family collection

Henry Pering Pellew Crease (1823-1905) was born at Ince Castle, near Plymouth, England, educated at Cambridge, and called to the bar in 1849. He traveled to Upper Canada with his family and explored the Great Lakes area for mining potential before returning to England in 1851 or 2. He then worked briefly as a conveyancing barrister before becoming manager of the Great Wheal Vor United Mines in Cornwall. Following business difficulties, he emigrated to British Columbia in 1858, practicing law in Victoria and becoming a member of the Vancouver Island Legislative Assembly in 1860. In 1861 he was appointed Attorney General of the mainland colony and moved to New Westminster; he was appointed Attorney General of the united colonies in 1866 and returned to Victoria in 1868 when it became the capital of the colony of British Columbia. In 1870, he was made a supreme court judge. Crease was knighted in 1896. British Columbia. His family joined Crease in Victoria in 1860 and four more children, one of whom died in infancy, were born in British Columbia. Crease was interested in business and politics as well as the law. Both as a barrister and a supreme court judge he traveled throughout British Columbia on circuit. His wife accompanied him on some of these journeys. The Creases were prominent socially, and their house, Pentrelew, was a centre for Victoria society. Five of the Crease children lived into the 20th century, and three, Lindley (1867-1940), Susan (1855-1947) and Josephine (1864-1947), never married and lived at Pentrelew until their deaths. Susan was involved with the local Council of Women and Josephine with the Island Arts and Crafts Society. Both painted in watercolours, as did their mother. The two Crease sons, Lindley and Arthur, were sent to school in England and then practiced law in Victoria. Arthur served in France in the Canadian Army in the First World War.

The collection includes diaries, 1834-1900, correspondence inward, 1830-1904, and outward, 1830-1903, miscellaneous records and notebooks, including the minute books of the Colonial Securities Co., 1866-1868, of Sir Henry Crease; diaries, 1872-1913, correspondence inward, 1851-1922, and outward, and miscellaneous notebooks and records of Lady Crease; diaries, 1877-1937, correspondence inward, 1877-1940, and outward, 1893, and miscellaneous records of Lindley Crease; diaries, 1890-1960, account books, 1909-1954 and miscellaneous records of Arthur Crease; diaries, 1865-1943, correspondence inward, 1862-1891, 1902, and 1937, and miscellaneous records of Susan Crease; diaries, 1878-1942, correspondence inward, 1883-1890 and miscellaneous records of Josephine Crease; some correspondence inward of the other two Crease daughters, Mary Maberly (Walker) Crease and Barbara Crease; diaries, 1853, 1870, and 1898, and correspondence inward, 1847-1899, of Emily Howard Crease, Sir Henry Crease's sister, who taught school in British Columbia, and correspondence between members of the Crease and Lindley families in England and the Crease family in Victoria.

MS-2879 is an extensive collection of family papers which, in addition to the information it provides on the lives, activities and opinions of individual writers of letters and diaries, is a rich source of information on such topics as family life, childhood and the lives of women, and a major source on the economic, political, legal and social history of post-1858 l9th century British Columbia. The correspondence inward series to Sir Henry Crease includes letters from important figures in colonial and post colonial British Columbia. The collection contains some records relating to Sir Henry Crease's legal and business interests. It includes transcripts of Crease's private letter book, 1870-1873, Sarah Crease's diary of her trip to Cariboo, 1880, and her letters to her husband, 1849-1859. MS-2879 may be used in conjunction with MS-0054, MS-0055, MS-0056, and MS-0573.

Crease family correspondence

Private and official correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings of various members of the Crease family. Related records: MS-0054, MS-0056, MS-0573 and MS-2879. See MS-2879 for a detailed biography of Henry Pering Pellew Crease and his family.

Maps transferred to map collection as CM/Z14 and catalogued at the item level.

Family history and correspondence

The file is a photocopy of a family history of the Beedy Beede family, consisting of Eli Beede, his descendants, and Josiah Crosby Beedy of Cottonwood, Cariboo, B.C., and his descendants in California. File also includes correspondence.

Guichon family records

The series consists of records created by the Guichon family between 1892 and 2013. Most of the records were created by or are about Lawrence Peter Guichon and include his diaries and various notebooks, correspondence, news clippings, pamphlets and two large scrapbooks.

The series also includes records about the family created for the family reunion in 1993. These include detailed genealogies of various branches of the family as well as correspondence and information files regarding the reunion.

Mackie family papers

This collection reflects the development and activities of the Vernon Preparatory School for boys and the lives of its proprietors, Augustine (1879-1965) and Hugh (1882-1971) Mackie. In October 1913, the brothers travelled from England to Vernon B.C., with the expectation of establishing a private school there. The community had been selected in advance on the advice of a nephew, Gordon Mackie, who had toured the province with that end in sight. Augustine, an Anglican priest, stayed in Vernon and opened the school in January 1914, for boys aged 7 to 14, both boarders and day pupils. Hugh practised law in Calgary for a few years before returning to Vernon to join the teaching staff. With Augustine acting as headmaster, the brothers ran the school on the English public school model until 1945. The school continued to operate under a different administration until 1972. The records include a list of pupils, a copy of the school register, sample pupil reports, an account book, clipping books, and miscellaneous notebooks. It also includes numerous notebooks filled with sermons and talks to the boys by Augustine Mackie. Some of the sermons were from his period as a priest in England prior to emigrating to Canada. School materials include complete runs of the Old Boys' News Letter (1951-1961) and the Chronicle of the Vernon Preparatory School (1918-1950). There is also considerable private material relating to Mackie family members, both those in Canada and in England. This includes correspondence, genealogical material, a marriage contract (1871), diaries, journals, scrapbooks and clipping books. Augustine was a devoted conservationist and fish and game enthusiast and there are copies of several articles written by him on the topic.

Peter and Ellen Bell fonds

  • PR-1176
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1901

The fonds consists of correspondence, a diary and newspaper clippings, created by Peter and Ellen Bell from 1863 to 1901.

Bell, Peter, 1831-1901

Schofield family papers

Series consists of private correspondence and personal financial accounts of James Hargrave and his family and descendants, which include the family of John Lockhart Schofield. Records include correspondence referring to life at York Factory and in mid-nineteenth century Britain; accounts; wills and marriage contracts; correspondence regarding publishing of family papers; school reports; papers relating to the Trail Creek News; and copies of newspapers.

Watt family fonds

  • PR-2317
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910]-2009

The fonds consists of the records of the Watt family from ca. 1910 to 2009 and documents the family activities in Ontario, British Columbia and England. There are seven series in the fonds as follows:

George and Mary Watt files: These files consist of records created by George and Mary Watt while living in Wellington, Ontario and West Vancouver, British Columbia. They include family correspondence (including some audio letters), family photographs, pocket and travel diaries, Christmas card lists, scrapbooks and clippings from ca. 1910 to 2004.

Alison Logan files: These files consist of records created by Alison Logan (later Watt) during her childhood and young adulthood in London, England and her first years in Vancouver, BC. They include diaries, correspondence with friends and family (including an audio letter), school and university papers and certificates, programs, cards, photographs and travel diaries from 1952 to 1973.

Robert Watt files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt during his childhood in Ontario and West Vancouver and young adulthood in West Vancouver and Ottawa. They include a baby book, notes and clippings, school and university papers and certificates, correspondence with family and friends, cards, photographs and diaries from 1945 to 1973.

Robert and Alison Watt files: These files consist of records created by Robert and Alison Watt during their married life in Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, Ontario. They include diaries, correspondence with family and friends, household papers and correspondence, wedding and travel files, cards, financial files, employment files, photographs, family heraldry information and files and West Vancouver High School reunion files. These files span the years 1971 to 2009. They also include family history files created by Robert during the research and writing of family history.

General heraldry files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt during his life in Vancouver to manage Vancouver based heraldry projects and Heraldry Society of Canada activities. They include correspondence, publications, bibliographies, subject files, project files, certificates, photographs, video and audio recordings, artwork and convention files from 1971 to 1993.

Canadian Heraldic Authority files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt in his capacity as Chief Herald of Canada from 1988 to 2007, based in Ottawa, Ontario. The files include correspondence, subject files, coats of arms and letters patent for individuals and institutions, travel and conference files, appointment books, photographs, video and audio recordings, framed certificates and other framed works from 1986 to 2008.

Watt (family)

William G. Cameron family fonds

  • PR-1921
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1884

The fonds consists of autograph albums of the William G. Cameron family.
William G. Cameron album : E/C/C14.1
Rhoda Partridge : E/C/C14
Jessie C. Cameron : E/C/C14.2

Cameron, William