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Cross section book, no. 409

The item is a timber cruiser's logbook, apparently owned by Donald Alexander McPhee. The book contains sketch maps of Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company lots in the Cowichan and other South Vancouver Island districts with timber types noted.

Vernon Llewellyn Denton records

Correspondence relating mainly to Simon Fraser and an atlas produced by Denton; notes and a typed manuscript relating to Simon Fraser, plus several copies of Fraser's 1806 and 1808 journals and letters 1806-1807. There are notes on the fur trade, early Vancouver Island, the Cariboo gold rush, Sir James Douglas, confederation and the Canadian Pacific Railway; and on Louis Riel and the Metis rebellions.

Denton, Vernon

Bill of lading and land receipt

The file consists of two items: a bill of lading for the steamer Beaver, under Captain William Brotchie, to ship goods from Fort Nisqually to Camosun, dated 20 June 1843 and a receipt from the Vancouver Island Colonial Surveyor for 98 acres of land in Cowichan district, 1858.

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 concerning Vancouver Island Colony.

Photocopies 1849-1857 91 p

Henry Labouchere, first Baron Taunton was born in 1798, obtained his early education at Winchester and received a B.A. from Christ Church, Oxford in 1821. In 1828 he received his M.A. He was first elected as a liberal Member of Parliament in 1826 and served in a variety of posts including Lord of the Admiralty (1832); Master of the Mint, privy councillor, and Vice-President of the Board of Trade (1835); and Undersecretary of War and the Colonies (1839). He was appointed President of the Board of Trade in Lord Melbourne's cabinet, 1939-1841, and served in the same capacity under Lord John Russell's ministry, 1847-1852. He became Secretary of State for the Colonies under Lord Palmerston from 1855-1858 and it is to this period of his career that this collection of papers pertains.

Source: MS Finding Aids

Photocopies presented by the Public Archives of Canada, which holds the originals in MG 24, A58, 1975.

Finding aid.

Land sales reports

The series consists of annual reports of land sales and pre-emption claims on Vancouver Island. Also includes land sale receipts 42-244 (part of I.170).

Vancouver Island. Office of the Surveyor General

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 for lands and town lots, and land sales account ledgers. The names of purchases, district, section, payment in sterling and payment dates may be recorded.

Vancouver Island. Office of the Surveyor General

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

General correspondence

The series consists of correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to land sales on Vancouver Island. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver Island. Office of the Surveyor General

Voter's lists and poll books for Vancouver Island

  • GR-0484
  • Series
  • 1860

This series consist of voters lists and poll books for the Vancouver Island House of Assembly elections, 1860-1866. Includes electoral districts of Nanaimo (1865), Esquimalt (1865), Victoria District and Victoria Town (1865, 1866) and Sooke (1866).

Vancouver Island. Sheriff

Reports to the Governor

The series consists of reports to the governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island from the Dept. of Lands and Works regarding land sales on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island. Governor

Mainguy, Daniel Wishart, 1842-1906. Chemainus; Farmer.

Journals (4 vols.) describing his voyage from England around Cape Horn to Vancouver Island (last entry made at 9 deg. S. lat.), Jan - April 1863, his life at Chemainus and a visit to Victoria, Jan 1-14, 1869, his departure from Victoria and return to England via San Francisco and New York and the first part of his lengthy visit in England, Nov 1876 -June 1877 (vol. 1); his activities in England, Jul 1877 - Aug 1878, including visits to the Channel Islands and France and his return to Vancouver Island via Halifax and the U.S., Aug - Nov 1878 (vols. 2-3); his work on the CPR in the Fraser Canyon Jul 1882 - Oct. 1883 and his work as a constable at Chemainus, Oct - Nov 1884 (vol. 3). Vol. 4 contains humorous accounts by others of a visit by Mainguy to Leamington, 1878, his stay in Halifax, 1878, and a trip from Drynoch to Spences Bridge, Christmas, 1882.

Mainguy, Daniel Wishart

Scrip book no. 1

The item is a script and claim book for the lower mainland area. The left hand side of each page in the volume lists the issuance of script including entry number, acreage, date, person to whom script was issued and nature of work done. The right hand side of each page lists land claims including entry number, acreage, date, person and situation of land. There are also loose pages listing Vancouver Island claims.

Requisition book

  • GR-0427
  • Series
  • 1863-1864

This series consists of a requisition book from the Colony of Vancouver Island Police and Prisons Department.

Vancouver Island. Police and Prisons Dept.

Bench book and minute book

  • GR-2033
  • Series
  • 1863-1864

Bench book and minute book for civil cases heard by Judge David Cameron, October 18, 1863 - May 9, 1864.

Vancouver Island. Supreme Court of Civil Justice


  • GR-1308
  • Series
  • 1863-1864

This series contains letterbook copies of despatches from Governor Douglas to the Senior Naval Officer of Esquimalt during the period 6 July 1863 to 15 February 1864. Most of the correspondence herewith concerns measures taken against possible attacks from indigenous populations on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island. Governor (1851-1864 : Douglas)

Bench book for Chancery cases

  • GR-2031
  • Series
  • 1863-1865

Bench book for Chancery cases heard by David Cameron, January 1863 - August 1865.

Vancouver Island. Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Blue books of the Colony of Vancouver Island

Series consists of ~blue books~ containing a compilation of statistical information, public accounts and general information about the Colony of Vancouver Island. Each volume includes a table of contents and includes the following sections: 1) Taxes, duties and other sources of revenue 2) Fees 3) Revenue and expenditure 4) Comparative yearly statements of revenue and expenditure 5) Local revenue 6) public debt 7) Military expenditure: militia 8) Public works 9) Legislation: laws, proclamations, etc 10) Political Franchise 11) Council and assembly 12) Civil establishment 13) Officer who have given security for discharge of their duties 14) Pensions 15) Abstract of expenditure for civil, judicial, ecclesiastical establishments, etc 16) Foreign consuls 17) Population 18) Savings banks, friendly societies, immigrants and emigrants, etc. 19) Ecclesiastical return 20) Education, newspapers and reviews 21) Coins exchanges, etc. 22) Imports and exports 23) Shipping 24) Agriculture, cultivated and uncultivated lands, wages, etc. 25) Manufactures, mines and fisheries 26) Grants of land 27) Gaols and Prisoners 28) Charitable and literary institutions.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Land register

  • GR-2632
  • Series
  • 1864-1865

Douglas Land District, Vancouver Island, land register, Range 1, Section 1 to Range 8, Section 20, superceded at an unknown date. The registers record the land in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, preemption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands


  • GR-1169
  • Series
  • 1860-1865

This series contains letters inward and outward of J.D. Pemberton and B.W. Pearse, Colonial Surveyors. It also includes copies of correspondence with Edward Stamp and Gilbert Malcolm Sproat pertaining to purchases of lands and various agreements on lands at Alberni and Barclay Sound in regard to the establishment and operation of a sawmill and a copper mining company. Includes a map of company land holdings in the Alberni valley.

Vancouver Island. Office of the Surveyor General

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