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Correspondence inward to Police Superintendent Hussey

  • GR-0353
  • Series
  • 1899-1900

Letters to Superintendent Hussey from the Chief Constable, Nelson, the constable at New Denver, and the constable sent to Sandon, regarding the miners' strike in the Slocan Valley, Nov. 1899 - Jan. 1900. Includes copies of letters from the secretary of the Sandon Miners' Union, the Silver-Lead Mines Association of B.C., and the manager of the Payne mine.

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Correspondence regarding immigration

  • GR-4064
  • Series
  • 1903-1905

This series consists of correspondence related to the 1904 British Columbia Immigration Act. The records were created or received by the Provincial Immigration Officer, a position held by the Superintendent of the BC Provincial Police Force for these years. The correspondence is primarily with other government officials such as the Premier, Provincial Secretary and Deputy Immigration Officers, including one who worked in Blaine, Washington. Some correspondence may be from immigrants or other officials such as representatives from the Japanese Consul in BC.

Records relate to a variety of subjects, from financial expenses and statistics to the detention and deportation of those deemed “enemy aliens”. Many records regard Japanese people.

The records are arranged alphabetically by sender or subject. The majority of records are correspondence in, but there are also some copies of correspondence out written by the Superintendent.

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Correspondence with regard to provincial gaols

  • GR-2954
  • Series
  • 1910-1912

The series consists of correspondence created by the Superintendent of Police from 1910 to 1912. The letters, both inward and outward, are about Provincial gaols (jails) at Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, New Westminster, Burnaby (Oakalla) and Victoria. The subjects covered include personnel and staffing matters, rules for convicts, transfer of prisoners, tenders for services and supplies, uniforms, accounts and other matters. During these years F.S. Hussey and Colin S. Campbell held the position of Superintendent of the Provincial Police, which included the responsibility of the Inspector of Gaols.

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Gaol Service applications

  • GR-0663
  • Series
  • 1911-1919

This series consist of Provincial Police Department Forms of Application for Position as Constable used in conjunction with employment in the Gaol Service. Applications include the applicant's full name, occupation, nationality, religion, age, date of birth, height, weight, health, marital status, length of residence in British Columbia, references, experience, etc. submitted in the applicant's own handwriting. Many are accompanied by letters of reference and the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office; some are annotated.

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Indexes to letters inward to the Superintendent of Police

  • GR-0425
  • Series
  • 1912-1922

This series consists of indexes to letters inward to the Superintendent of Police, 1912-1922. Volume 1 is arranged alphabetically by subject, volume 2 by place name.

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Nanaimo Gaol records

  • GR-0310
  • Series
  • 1893-1914

This series consists of records of the Provincial Gaol at Nanaimo mostly between 1911 and 1914. Volumes include a list of prisoners, 1893-1911, charge and sentence book, 1911-1914, prisoners' sentence book, prisoners' description book, prisoners' employment book, prisoners' effects book, list of provisions and stores, Gaoler's testimonials at Nanaimo Gaol, 1911-1914 and at the Saanich Prison Farm 1914-1917, punishment book, prisoners' keep account book, gaoler's diary 1911, food account books, an indexed letterpress book of correspondence outward from the Warden J. Munro and a daily minute book of admissions, discharges, calls, visitors, church services, etc.

Nanaimo Gaol

Police Superintendent Hussey correspondence and reports

  • GR-0352
  • Series
  • 1897

Letters and reports to Police Superintendent F.S. Hussey regarding the affairs in Winter Harbour, particularly the disappearance of Necay and the accusation that Lewey and Daisy had murdered him, and the accusation that William Hunt had sold liquor to Lewey.

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Prohibition files

  • GR-1425
  • Series
  • 1917-1926

This series contains prohibition files consisting of rulings, bi-monthly reports from Fort George, Hazelton, Peace River, Prince Rupert, and Vancouver districts and 'A' Division, Victoria district, as well as convictions and certificates of conviction, and inspection of drug store files.

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Provincial Game Warden records

  • GR-0446
  • Series
  • 1905-1927

This collection is comprised of records relating to the development, implementation and administration of game management policies in British Columbia from 1905-1927. It includes correspondence, reports, vouchers and licences, as well as information regarding firearms regulation and prosecutions under game laws. Records were created by the Provincial Game Warden, Deputy Game Wardens and other related staff.

Researchers will find these records particularly useful for tracking the development and implementation of early provincial game management policies. General correspondence and reports from Deputy Game Wardens throughout the province contain information regarding the status of game in various areas over time. Difficulties in enforcing policies such as regulation of trophy hunters and the need for firearms licences are documented in these materials. Development of the game base as an economic resource through payment of licence fees, and international promotion of the province as a sportsperson's centre, were key components of A. Bryan Williams' approach to game management and the results of this can also be studied in these records. Conflicts between the provincial approach to the game resource and that taken by some Indigenous peoples can be studied in this collection. Additional subjects include fishing, fur farming, wildlife management and conflict between hunting with other forms and land and resource use. Many of the Deputy Game Wardens saw military service abroad during World War I and the records include some relevant correspondence.

See Table of Contents below for a general sense of the collection organization and finding aid for a detailed file/item list. The contents of some files are listed in a hardcopy index (i.e. an item list) available in the reference room. The series is arranged by record type into the following sub series and sub-sub series:

A. Indexes
B. Correspondence
B(1) Personal and semi-official correspondence of A. Bryan Williams, Provincial Game Warden
B(2) Correspondence out
B(3) Letterbooks of correspondence out
B(4) General correspondence inward and outward
B(5) Correspondence re: firearms licences
C. Deputy Game Wardens
C(1) Monthly reports Boxes
C(2) Correspondence Boxes
D. Returns re: firearms licences
E. Vouchers
F. Licences
G. Prosecutions
H. Miscellaneous

British Columbia. Provincial Game and Forest Warden

Provincial Police Force records relating to enforcement of liquor acts

  • GR-0093
  • Series
  • 1899-1927

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1899 and 1927 relating to the enforcement of the Licences Act, 1888, the Liquor Licence Act, 1910, and the Government Liquor Act, 1921.

The records include correspondence of the Superintendent; circulars; newspaper clippings; hotel licence application and renewal files; indexes and list and files relating to prosecutions and convictions.

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Provincial Police vouchers and correspondence

  • GR-0106
  • Series
  • 1917-1929

The series consists of records created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police between 1917 and 1929. The records relate to the Victoria district and "A" division and contain files relating to various acts including the Sheep Protection Act and the Poll Tax Act from 1917 to 1921; vouchers and correspondence re vouchers from 1917 to 1925; and vouchers and miscellaneous letters from 1928 to 1929.

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Provincial prison reports

  • GR-3434
  • Series
  • 1905, 1911

The series consists of ten reports sent to Frederick Hussey in 1905 and 1911, in his capacity as Superintendent of Provincial Police and Inspector of Gaols. The wardens at each of the Provincial Gaols at Victoria, New Westminster, Nanaimo, Nelson and Kamloops returned an annual summary of the activity of the gaol with attached monthly reports and annual returns of the prisoners received. The reports include: lists of staff and salaries; financial expenditures, prisoner work statistics and number of prisoners in custody including the name, age, country of origin, profession, crime, sentence and conduct of each.

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Records of the Superintendent of Police

  • GR-3980
  • Series
  • 1903-1936

This series consists of a variety of administrative and operational records from the office of the Superintendent of the BC Provincial Police Force. The series includes records from 1861-1936, but records are predominantly from 1903-1936.

The wide variety of records have been arranged into 6 sub-series of records:

  1. Administrative : equipment, statistics and finances. Most files consist of forms, correspondence or reports and statistics submitted from police divisions, districts and stations across the province to the Superintendent’s office. Some of this information was compiled into various ledgers in the Superintendent's office. Records regard lockups and stations; car, launch and mileage reports; Gasoline Tax Act exemptions; monthly financial analysis; monthly crime analysis, revenue analysis and collections; monthly revenue analysis submitted to the Attorney-General; monthly and annual financial statements for provincial police expenses in each municipality; and inventories of government property or equipment.

  2. Administrative : personnel. Records include staff pay lists; lists of constables; and advances for constable expenses. This includes staffing data complied to answer questions asked of the Attorney General in the Legislative Assembly regarding staff who left police service and soldiers returned from World War I.

  3. Operational : licences. This includes correspondence regarding the issuing of licences and records regarding the applications and issuance of licences. Licences issued by the Superintendent of Police evolved over time and include firearm licences, retail licences, trade licences, wholesale licences, liquor licences, and licences to operate an employment agency. See sub-series 4 for motor vehicle licence and GR-0446 for additional records regarding firearm, fishing, hunting and game licences.

  4. Operational : motor vehicles licencing. Records regard the application, issuing, renewal and transferring of licences; payment and refund of licencing fees; accidents; as well as incidents related to the cancellation or suspension of licences throughout the province.

  5. Operational : miscellaneous correspondence. Relates to a variety of subjects such as Special Constables at Sooke Lake Reservoir, licence districts, Industrial School supplies, and other subjects.

  6. Operational : miscellaneous subject files and other records. Subjects include murders of August Carlson and Indigenous men Zelak and Kwa-zitl, Pinkertons investigations looking for wanted persons, a 1909 Cariboo stage coach robbery, hotel and liquor licence inspections, and the admittance of Lord Verney to a mental hospital. This subseries also includes some 1918 circulars and examples of cattle brands burned onto pieces of wood.

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Revenue receipt books

  • GR-0438
  • Series
  • 1887-1922

The series consists of 11 volumes of revenue receipt books created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Police between 1897 and 1922.

Each volume (many identified as Form J) lists revenue receipts of monies collected by the Provincial Police and the associated payments made to the Treasury. The revenue receipts are arranged chronologically and include payments received for various licences such as liquor trade, peddler, motor vehicle and chauffeur licences, firearms, dogs, angler and other game licences. Other entries include fines, prisoner's keep and poll tax payments.

Many of the early entries are signed by Superintendent F.S. Hussey.

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Revenue receipt books : form J

  • GR-0439
  • Series
  • 1907-1914

The series consists of 2 volumes of revenue receipt books created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Police between 1907 and 1914.

Each volume, identified as form J, lists revenue receipts of monies collected by the Provincial Police and the associated payments made to the Treasury. The revenue receipts are arranged chronologically and consist of payments received for licences for anglers and permits for export of game. There are also licences for firearms, listed as ordinary, general and special licences.

Volume 1 is from August 1907 to October 1913 and volume 2 is from October 1913 to October 1914.

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Superintendent of Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0099
  • Series
  • 1892-1918; 1942

The series consists of records created by the Superintendent of the Provincial Police between 1892 and 1918.
Records include miscellaneous correspondence, reports, publications and blank forms sent to the Superintendent. There is also a single report from 1942.

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Superintendent of Police letterbook

  • GR-0337
  • Series
  • 1915

BC Provincial Police Superintendent's letter-book containing one letter only, dated February 12, 1915.

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Superintendent of Police notes and correspondence

  • GR-0104
  • Series
  • 1900-1916

The series consists of miscellaneous notes, memos, and correspondence created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police between 1900-1916.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-0103
  • Series
  • 1911-1912

The series consists of the correspondence of Colin S. Campbell, Superintendent of Provincial Police in Victoria from March 1911 to August 1912. The files are arranged chronologically and contain letters inward to Campbell from Inspector Thomas Smith on the mainland, and include carbon copies of Campbell's replies. There are also a few letters written by Campbell when he was an inspector in 1911, to Superintendent F.S. Hussey.

The correspondence deals with complaints against police constables, equipment, condition of lock-ups and jails throughout the province, inspection of hotels and other administrative matters.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0055
  • Series
  • 1891-1910

The series consists of Superintendent of Police correspondence inward from 1891 to 1910. The correspondence is generally filed chronologically and alphabetically by sender's name.

With the exception of certain files in 1896 and 1897, the correspondence from 1891 to 1900 is organized by date and then by letter of the alphabet. From 1901 to 1910 the correspondence is organized by alphabet ranges, and then by varying date ranges, e.g. Jan 1901-Mar 1903 for Aa-Bx but Jan 1901-Sep 1902 for Caa-Cz. Correspondence for a particular time period is therefore also not sequential. A single year or date range is distributed over several different boxes, depending on the name of the correspondent. Date ranges are not exact, i.e. files may contain earlier correspondence than indicated if it is part of an ongoing issue. The letter ranges are guides only and do not necessarily reflect the exact contents of a file, e.g. Com-Cz may contain correspondents ranging from Cotton to Cutter only.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0058
  • Series
  • 1923-1929

The series consists of correspondence inward to Superintendent of Police between 1923 and 1929. The records are in numbered subject files which are arranged in numerical order. The subject files have the same numbers as those in the previous correspondence series, GR-0057.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0063
  • Series
  • 1898-1912

The series consists of correspondence from the Dept. of the Attorney-General to the Superintendent of Police between October 1898 and August 1912.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0056
  • Series
  • 1910-1912

The series consists of correspondence inward to Superintendent of Provincial Police from May 1910 to August 1912.

The records are filed chronologically within the following categories:

  1. General, from government departments (1907-1912) (Volumes 1 to 4)
  2. Wanted or missing (Volume 5)
  3. District: Atlin, Hazelton, Skeena, Boundary, Cariboo, Hazelton, Kamloops, Kootenay west, east, southeast, and northeast, Nanaimo Comox, West coast, Vancouver, Vancouver Westminster, Victoria and Yale (Volumes 6 to 31).

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0057
  • Series
  • 1912-1922

The series consists of correspondence inward to the Superintendent of Police between 1912 and 1922. The records are numbered subject files which are arranged in numerical order. The series includes "aliens and enemies" files; "Form A" files in boxes 14 - 20 contain the names of enemy aliens who were required to register and report to the Provincial Police, but remained "on parole" within the community. They also include the names of enemy aliens who were already imprisoned in local jails. Other correspondence deals with issues such as bigamy, seduction, illegal sale of liquor, prostitution, burglary, sudden or mysterious deaths, gambling, arson, and escaped prisoners. During this period, the police also conducted searches for individuals reported missing by overseas family members. Such letters were usually written when an emigrant family member had fallen out of contact with his or her relatives in their home country, and are not indicative of foul play.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence outward

  • GR-0064
  • Series
  • 1898-1918

The series consists of 12 volumes of correspondence from the Superintendent of Provincial Police outward to Attorney General. The records were created between December 1898 and April 1918 and are letterpress copies. There are subject indexes at the start of each volume.

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence outward

  • GR-0061
  • Series
  • 1864-1887; 1891-1918

The series consists of letter books created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police from 1864 to 1887 and 1891 to 1918. The letter books contain copies of official correspondence outward. Volumes 2-77 contain indexes.

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Telegrams to Superintendent of Provincial Police

  • GR-0065
  • Series
  • 1896-1906

The series consists of three volumes of telegrams to the Superintendent of Police, from 1896-1897, and 1900-1906. They are arranged alphabetically within chronological groupings.

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Victoria Gaol records

  • GR-0308
  • Series
  • 1859-1914

This series consists of the records of the Victoria Gaol, 1859-1914. The 107 volumes include lists of prisoners, descriptions of prisoners, sentence books, work records, charge books, employment registers, registers of clothing issued, reports of prisoners' conduct, punishment books, gaolers' reports, duty rosters and daily diaries, ration books, food account books, stores and provisions account books, financial records, doctors' record books, medical order books, receipts and 1875 correspondence from the Superintendent of Police.

Records have been grouped by subject matter, then arranged chronologically when possible. The groupings are as follows: Volumes 1 to 6, Lists of prisoners in Victoria gaol; Volumes 7 to 13, Description lists; Volumes 14 to 17, Sentence books; Volumes 18 to 22, Work records; Volumes 23 to 35, Charge books; Volumes 36 to 40, Prisoners conduct records; Volumes 41 to 107, Gaolers' records.

Victoria Gaol