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Circular dispatches

The series consists of a circular dispatches sent to the governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island from the Colonial Office in London. The series includes dispatches sent to the Governor Kennedy and a register of dispatches sent to Governors Blan...


  • MS-3199
  • Series
  • 1849-1858, 1860-1904 [missing 1865, 1866, 1868, 1873, 1879-1881, 1883, 1895, 1902]
  • Part of Robert James Roberts fonds

Series consists of 36 diaries handwritten by Robert James Roberts. Roberts began to keep a diary as a young man attending grammar school in England. He consistently kept a daily diary through his life. His diaries were generally leather bound, ch...

Richard Blanshard official papers

Official papers, including his commission, warrant and instructions as Governor of Vancouver Island; correspondence inward (1851); a list of passengers from England on the "Harpooner" (1849); will (1894). Richard Blanshard was born on 1...

Blanshard, Richard, 1817-1894

Trutch family records

The fonds consists of correspondence, account books and other financial and business records of the Trutch family created between 1849 and 1907. Also included in the papers of Joseph William Trutch are records related to his various government pos...

Henry Labouchere papers

Correspondence with Edward Ellice, Lord John Russsell, Sir George Grey, Baron Panmure, John McDonald, and James Booth on colonial affairs, including trade and militia matters affecting British North America and the HBC fur trade; memorandum concer...

Labouchere, Henry, 1798-1869

Fort Kamloops Journals

Series consists of five bound journals kept by Hudson's Bay Company employees Paul Fraser, William Manson, and Hamilton Moffatt at Fort Kamloops.Journals consist of:Paul Fraser's Thompson River Journal vol. 1, August 17, 1850 - May 17, 1...

Selected manuscripts re Indian Languages in British Columbia

Manuscripts relating to Indian languages of British Columbia selected by the BC Indian Languages Project. Photocopy ca. 1850-1920 3.2 m The manuscripts in this unit were copied at the Smithsonian Institution by the British Columbia Indian...

Smithsonian Institution. National Anthropological Archives


  • GR-0771
  • Series
  • 1850

Act regulating importation of spirituous liquors, 13 May 1850.

Vancouver Island. Governor (1849-1851 : Blanshard)

Register of land purchases from Indians

The series consists of a register of land purchases from Indigenous peoples on Southern Vancouver Island (near Fort Victoria), 1850-1852; record of agreements with Indigenous peoples at Fort Rupert, 1851, and Nanaimo, 1854. These conveyances or a...

Robert Brown papers

Robert Brown (1842-1895) was a naturalist who took part in several expeditions and in 1864 he was appointed Commander of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition. The records consist of the journal and catalogue compiled while botanist for the B...

Private letters 1850-1852

The series consists of a photocopy of James Anderson's private letterbook kept while he was the Chief Factor at Fort Chipewyan. The letterbook title gives the date range as 1850 to 1852 however the copied letters only date from 1850 to 1851 ...

Frederick Longstaff papers

Diaries, 1897-1961, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks and household accounts. The collection reflects Longstaff's interest in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church, various youth organizations and the h...

Longstaff, Frederick Victor, 1879-1961

Survey notebook

The series consists of a surveying notebook (cover labelled "Trigonometl. Memda."). It contains 51 pages of sketches, instructions, notes, drafts of letters, etc. covering Victoria, Esquimalt, Nanaimo and Metchosin districts.

Pemberton, Joseph Despard, 1821-1893

Minute book

  • GR-0819
  • Series
  • 1851-1861

Minute book of the Council of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island. Council


Series consists of seven letters from James Douglas (1851-1858); two letters from Robert Clouston, Honolulu (1855); letter from P.S. Ogden, Fort Hope (1858); fragment in writing of Paul Fraser, Thompson River (1855); HBC work agreement between Ric...

Instrument establishing Executive Council of Vancouver Island

  • GR-0820
  • Series
  • 1851

Instrument establishing Executive Council of Vancouver Island, 27 August 1851 signed by Governor Richard Blanshard naming James Cooper, James Douglas and John Todd as councilors of Government for Vancouver Island and its dependencies.

Vancouver Island. Executive Council

Register of chronometer readings

The series consists of registers of chronometer readings made at Fort Victoria. The series includes records probably created by or for the Colonial Surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company (1851-1858). Arranged chronologically.

Epitome of land sales

The series consists of books containing land sales records for Victoria, Esquimalt, Metchosin and Sooke districts. The series may include but is not limited to, land sales registers, land sales records, lists of sections and lots, sums deposited f...

William Duncan papers from Metlakatla

Duncan's papers relating to missionary activities in Metlakatla (B.C.) and Metlakatla (Alaska) encompassing correspondence, including that with Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, journals, notebooks, memoranda printed material, speeches, community b...

Duncan, William, 1832-1918

Inskip, George Hastings. Royal Navy.

Journal of a voyage from England to the Pacific, including the northwest coast of North America, kept by George Hastings Inskip, master of H.M.S. Virago, 1851-1855 (2 vols.): vol. 1, August 9, 1851 - June 9, 1853; vol. 2, June 9, 1853 - August 9,...

Inskip, George Hastings

Irvine Family. Cedar Hill; Farmers

Correspondence, birth certificates, school reports, newspaper clippings and historical sketches of John (1827-1906), Jessie, Christina and Margaret Irvine; scrapbook of transcribed poems of Christina Irvine; reminiscences of John (Jack "Long ...

Crown land grants

  • GR-3139
  • Series
  • 1851-1878

The Crown land grants in this series have been recorded in registers covering particular districts or towns. Those registered after 1869 overlap with a centrally registered series of Crown land grants (GR-3097,1869-1930). Included in this series i...

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Papers relating to Oliver, Gillespie and Graeme families

Records include material pertaining to three prominent Victoria families: the W.E. Olivers, the W.C. Wards, and the E.P. Gillespies The bulk of the textual records were produced by W.E. Oliver and are related to his career at the University of Edi...

Oliver, William Edgar

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