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Civil record books

  • GR-2647
  • Series
  • 1926-1950

Civil record books (indexed at the front of each volume).

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Commission on Mount Douglas Park (1930)

  • GR-0905
  • Series
  • 1930-1931

This series consists of the records of the Commission on Mount Douglas Park, 1930-1931. Unit consists of Letters Patent appointing the commissioner, correspondence, exhibits, notes, photographs, submissions and the report.

British Columbia. Commission on Mount Douglas Park

Commission on the Conduct of the Affairs of the Municipal Council of Victoria, 1891

  • GR-0687
  • Series
  • 1891-1892

This series consists of the records of the Commission on the Conduct of the Affairs of the Municipal Council of Victoria. Records include report and minutes of proceedings and evidence (printed).

British Columbia. Commission on the Conduct of the Affairs of the Municipal Council of Victoria, 1891

Commission on the Epidemic Outbreak of Small-Pox (1892-1893)

  • GR-0761
  • Series
  • 1891-1894

The series consists of records created by the Commission on the Epidemic Outbreak of Small-Pox, 1892-1893.

The records include transcripts of evidence, exhibits, commissioner's notes, printed matter, a manuscript report and other miscellaneous documents related to the Commission.

The notebook of Judge Begbie also contains notes regarding several other commissions which he was involved in between 1891 and 1894.

British Columbia. Commission on the Epidemic Outbreak of Small-Pox (1892-1893)

Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners

  • GR-0784
  • Series
  • 1910

This series consists of records of the Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners, 1910. Commissioner Peter S. Lampman was appointed March 24, 1910 to inquire into the actions of the Victoria Police commissioners in response to allegations of corruption. The investigation centered on the actions of the Police Commissioners in regard to bawdy houses and gambling establishments in the Chinatown area.

British Columbia. Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners (1910)

Conditional sales indexes

  • GR-1937
  • Series
  • 1893-1947

Conditional sales indexes.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1319
  • Series
  • 1962-1973

This series contains correspondence, reports, and miscellaneous documents regarding financial grants to the City of Victoria Centennial Celebrations (1962), British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (1968-1973), and the Vancouver Indian Centre Society (1963-1969).

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-0830
  • Series
  • 1900-1913; 1957

This series consists of correspondence and other records from the Department of Lands and Works, and its successor, the Department of Public Works. Records include correspondence inward and tenders for Victoria Court House, 1900-1904, Government House, 1900-1904, and Parliament Buildings, 1900; specifications for Victoria Graving Dock; specifications and agreement for Lytton highway bridge, 1913; and weekly building progress reports, Government House, 1957 (reports 30-75 only).

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-2879
  • Series
  • 1924-1937

Correspondence regarding bankruptcy between the Official Receiver and the Deputy Minister of Justice, 1924-1930; the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, 1933-1937; and inward from the Canadian Credit Men's Trust Association (Trustees in Bankruptcy), 1924-1932. Also, Circular Memoranda to Trustees Nos. 1-3, 5-11 from the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (Ottawa); miscellaneous forms and bankruptcy statistics.

British Columbia. Official Receiver (Victoria)

Correspondence inward

  • GR-2730
  • Series
  • 1946

Correspondence inward to the Victoria Court Registry, A-M.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Correspondence inward

  • GR-0434
  • Series
  • 1889-1925

The series consists of correspondence inward created by the Victoria Supreme Court registry between 1889 and 1925. The correspondence is arranged by date and sorted alphabetically within each year by the name of the correspondent. The files include letters from the Attorney-General and government offices, law firms, Police Departments and other individuals and businesses. The files contain letters, government circulars, requests for information, statistics, judgements and other records.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Correspondence relating to roads in Victoria district

  • GR-1153
  • Series
  • 1900

This series contains correspondence relating to roads in the Victoria district. It includes a request for new road construction from the Victoria Driving Club and the Victoria Tourist Association, and correspondence about cows wandering at large in Oak Bay. Also includes a small sketch. Reverse of sketch not on microfilm.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Court records

  • GR-0854
  • Series
  • 1867-1898

This series consists of 13 volumes of Victoria Sheriff court records, 1867-1898. Records include executions, process books, account books, auction book and a cash book. Records may relate to the Victoria County Court or Supreme Court.

British Columbia. Sheriff. Victoria

Customs Dept. letter book

  • GR-1733
  • Series
  • 1858-1876

The series consists of a letter book created by the Collector of Customs in the Vancouver Island Customs Dept. between 1858 and 1871 and the Canada Customs Department between 1871 and 1876. It contains copies of correspondence outward from the Customs Houses in Victoria and New Westminster. There is an index to the volume.
The Collector of Customs was based as follows:
A.C. Anderson, Victoria, July 1858 - April 1859
W. Hamley, Victoria, April 1859 - June 1859
W. Hamley, Queensborough, New Westminster, June 1859 - December 1868
W. Hamley, Victoria, January 1869 - June 1876

Vancouver Island. Customs Dept.

David Scholes fonds

  • PR-0192
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-1943, 1960-1987

The fonds consists of Scholes' photographs of Victoria buildings and panoramas and three framed of the Victoria Short Wave Club. The fonds also includes Scholes' membership card for the Victoria and Island Gliding and Soaring Club from ca. 1943 as well as 15 black and white photographic prints and the matching 15 black and white negatives showing the construction of gliders at Lansdowne Field, 1943 to 1944.

Scholes, David

Deed Poll

  • GR-2723
  • Series
  • 1930-1940

Name changes by deed poll. Documents arranged alphabetically and indexed by present name from previous name.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Dept. of Agriculture lantern slides and negatives

  • GR-3599
  • Series
  • [between 1900 and 1915]

The series consists of 214 photographs, mostly glass lantern slides and glass negatives, created or collected by the Dept. of Agriculture sometime between 1900 and 1915.

The lantern slides contain images of fruit trees, orchards, farms, packing boxes, greenhouses, crops and other agricultural activity. A few have descriptive labels which indicate that they were taken in Victoria, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Summerland, and some have photographers identified (D.J. Dwyer, J. Howard A. Chapman and Edgar Fleming). These photographs may have been used for a variety of purposes including public lectures and as illustrations for reports. Some of the slides have been hand coloured. These slides are from accession 198012-018.

The glass negatives from this accession consist of two files. The first file contains 13 negatives identified as being from Atkinson's mushrooms; images of mushrooms and fungi from book on same and appear to have been photographed directly from George F. Atkinson's 1901 books called "Studies of American Fungi". The second file consists of 24 negatives identified as Morris Middleton pruning lecture. Middleton was an assistant horticulturalist for the Dept. of Agriculture and gave pruning workshops and lectures.

The 27 glass negatives from accession 198410-027 show farms and farm buildings, fruit and berry growing as well as fruit packing and pruning classes in Creston, B.C. in 1914 (F.B. Turner photographer) and photos of apple growing medals presented to the Government of British Columbia in 1909.

British Columbia. Dept. of Finance and Agriculture

Destrubé Photography Ltd. fonds

  • PR-2318
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2014

The fonds consists of selected records created by Destrubé Photography Ltd., including client photographic job files, stock shot files, enlarged photographic prints and posters, photographic portfolios, examples of advertisements and publications containing the company's work, business records, and promotional materials.

The fonds contains a selection of photographic material intended to represent the nature and breadth of the activities of Destrubé Photography, including industrial photography, studio portraiture, commercial photography for end use in large- and small-format advertising, and self-promotion. Reflecting these activities, and considering the final format of the product, the fonds has been divided into the following 7 series:
• Business records
• Client photographic job files
• Howard Roloff collection images
• Stock shot files
• Photographic portfolios
• Publications file
• Display prints and posters

It should be noted that, as Destrubé Photography was a Victoria-based studio, the represented client base and photographic subjects are largely from the Greater Victoria area and southern Vancouver Island.

Destrubé Photography Ltd.

Duncan Macphail fonds

  • PR-2155
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1965

The fonds consists of photographs from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, taken by Duncan Macphail, a portrait and commercial photographer. Most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, a smaller number in other south Vancouver Island locations and in Vancouver. They cover a vast range of subjects, including: Victoria street scenes, interiors and exteriors of buildings and business operations, industrial infrastructure, portraits, community and school events, and special events such as the visit of Princess Elizabeth to Victoria in 1951. It appears that Macphail did commercial photography for the B.C. Department of Highways (possibly in the early 1960s) but it is not known if these photographs are in the fonds. In addition to Macphail's commercial and portrait photography, the fonds consists of a small number of “art” photographic prints, matted for display in exhibitions. These cover various subjects, including totem poles. One is tagged with "Exhibited - First Annual Exhibition of Photography, Canada Pacific Exhibition. Vancouver, 1938." Macphail's original indexes are in container 000358-0037.

Macphail, Duncan

Ebenezer Robson fonds

  • PR-1654
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1911

The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries (1857-1910), letterbook, addresses to, autobiography, sermon and lecture notes of Reverend Ebenezer Robson. Includes extensive correspondence inward (see finding aid for names of correspondents).

Robson, Ebenezer

Edgar and Aime fonds

  • PR-0938
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1863

The fonds consists of an indexed letter press book as well as invoices and receipts created between 1860 and 1863 by the wholesale firm Edgar & Aime in Victoria, B.C.

Edgar and Aime (Firm)

Edgar Marvin fonds

  • PR-0683
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1882 [Microfilmed 1988]

The fonds consists of correspondence, invoices, waybills, and a small notebook containing lists of hardware, farm, garden and clothing articles as well as financial entries.

Marvin, Edgar

Election records from Victoria

  • GR-1667
  • Series
  • 1871-1872

This series consists of poll-books, voters' lists, and correspondence relating to two landmark elections in British Columbia: the election of 1871 of representatives to the provincial legislature, and the election of 1872, called to elect provincial members to the Dominion House of Commons - respectively the first provincial election and the first federal election held in B.C. These records document B.C.'s last "open voting" elections (i.e. a secret ballot was not used). Compiled by A.F. Pemberton, Chief Returning Officer for Victoria, the records pertain to Victoria City, Victoria District, Esquimalt and Metchosin.

The election of 1871 was held in various parts of the province between October and December. It was conducted in accordance with the Colonial Election Regulation Act [34 Vic., No. 13, a statute which affirmed the practice of open voting (as opposed to the secret ballot). Thus, the poll books in this collection show the names of electors and the candidates for whom each elector voted. Voter's qualifications were determined by the colonial Qualification and Registration of Voters' Act [34 Vic., No. 156]. To qualify for the franchise, a voter had to be male, a loyal British subject, over twenty-one years of age, literate (at least able to write his name), and a resident in B.C. for no less than six months. In addition, qualified electors had to meet one of the following criteria: occupy premises with an annual rent of $40 or more; own freehold property having an assessed value of at least $250; have a pre-emption claim of 100 acres or more; possess a free-miners' license.

The Dominion election of 1872 was held under the authority of two federal statutes: the Interim Parliamentary Election Act of 1871 [34 Vic., c.20] and the Act to Re-adjust the Representation in the House of Commons, 1872 [35 Vic., c.13]. The first statute made provisions for holding a federal election in B.C.; the second confirmed the number of MPs to be elected from B.C. [6] and established federal electoral boundaries. 2 MPs were elected from the district of Victoria; 1 MP from the district of Vancouver (i.e. Vancouver Island north of Victoria and adjacent to the Gulf Islands); 1 MP for each of the districts of New Westminster, Yale, and Cariboo. Section 5 of the Interim Parliamentary Elections Act declared that the laws already in force in B.C. would apply to the election of 1872. Accordingly, polling for the province's first federal election was carried out under colonial legislation noted above. The Dominion election was also carried out in accordance with B.C.'s Corrupt Practices Prevention Act [34 Vic., No. 158], a colonial statute which stipulated that candidates had to declare all expenses incurred during their campaign. Hence the documents in Box 1, files 6 & 7 of this collection.

The records in GR-1667 relate solely to the Victoria electoral district. For elections to the provincial legislature, the riding included areas within the city's limits. Federally, however, the electoral district of Victoria embraced the City of Victoria and adjacent areas of Saanich (Victoria District), Esquimalt and Metchosin. A.F. Pemberton was the district's chief Returning Officer in both elections. In the provincial election -- held on 16 October 1871 -- Pemberton established the district polling station at the Police Barracks in Bastion Square. In the Dominion election -- held on 2 September 1872 -- he established six polling stations. The polls were open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Three candidates contested the two Victoria seats: Amor DeCosmos, Henry Nathan and Robert Beavan. DeCosmos, and Nathan were elected. The results of the election, and returns from each of the polling stations, were published in the Victoria Daily Colonist (3 Sep 1872).

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Ernest Crocker fonds

  • PR-1348
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1946

The fonds notably consists of military-related content from the early 1900s until the 1940s. Pre-WW1 photographs include a limited amount of photographs relating to the Canadian Militia. Photographs taken during the First World War including most departures of troops by ship from Victoria and other departures by train from Vancouver and Vernon. There are also images of numerous B.C. training camps which cover topics from training exercises, inspections, mascots and portraiture. For material covering the inter-war and Second World War, images are predominantly of ceremonies, visiting military dignitaries as well as of graduations and groups of soldiers who trained at the Officer’s Training Centre in Gordon Head. There are also photographs of the Women’s Army Corps and of various legions following the end of World War II.
The next largest group of photographs is a collection of city views, natural landscapes and other tourist-centric photography which Crocker used to make postcards which he sold. These cover large Canadian cities but also various stops along the CPR route through the Rocky Mountains, as well as other locations on Vancouver Island, across BC and down the west coast of the United States and even Mexico.
Other potential series in the Ernest Crocker fonds include portraiture, tableaux vivants, Royal Visits, celebrations and parades, and sporting events.

The collection is presently arranged by size and to some extent format. Containers are not organized by date nor by topic and appear to be mixed throughout the collection. The majority of photographic records appear to have been created in Victoria and the surrounding area, with additional photographic records covering Vancouver Island, the British Columbia Interior, Winnipeg, Toronto, London UK, California, U.S.A., and Mexico.

Crocker, Ernest William Albert

Farris family fonds

  • PR-2355
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1938

The fonds comprises video copies of the farris family's 16 mm home movies. Subjects include: Farris family reunion, 1920 (Vancouver & Victoria); UBC convocation, August 1938; Farris garden party for law convention, August 1938; Garden party at "Mils," ca. 1935; boating, fishing, etc., probably at Pennask Lake.

Farris (family)

Fence viewers awards

  • GR-2722
  • Series
  • 1956-1970

Fence viewer's awards nos.1-10; index.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Financial records

  • GR-2379
  • Series
  • 1859-1870

Financial records from Victoria's Supreme Court of Civil Justice. There is a receipt book, 1859-1964 recording payments made by Registrar Thomas G. William to suitors. The date, the number of the plaint, the "Full amount of judgment and costs" and/or the amount of cash received [pounds, shillings, pence] and the signature of the suitor receiving the money. In 1862 the format and handwriting changes. Registrar's account book, 1866-1970 showing daily entries of sheriff fees and court fees (in dollars and cents). A booklet of "Fees collected during the Circuit of 1870, 21 June to 26 August" marked Duplicate.

Vancouver Island. Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Firm and individual indexes

  • GR-2539
  • Series
  • 1894-1914

Firm indexes and individual indexes. Firm declarations covered by these indexes are in GR-2540.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

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