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Across Canada

The item is a video copy of a travelogue film from around 1946. It shows a scenic tour across Canada featuring tourist attractions, provincial capitals, and CP hotel facilities. BC scenes: across the Great Divide to Lake O'Hara; Field; Takakkaw Falls; Emerald Lake; Kicking Horse River; Vancouver (skyline, streets, Lion's Gate Bridge, English Bay, harbour, CP Princess ship departing), and Victoria (aerial view, ship arriving, harbour view).

Allan D. Taylor film collection

The collection consists of video copies of 36 film items from the Allan D. Taylor collection held by Library and Archives Canada. These selected items (mainly newsreel footage and out-takes) depict British Columbia events, leisure activities, scenery and cityscapes in Victoria and Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, or in the Interior (for example, Kamloops and Lillooet), during the period 1907-1931. Several items filmed during World War One show events related to the war, including the departures of various military units for the conflict. The collection includes at least one item fillmed by Vancouver filmmaker A.D. "Cowboy" Kean, and a few others that are attributed to him.

Taylor, Allan D., 1916-1999

Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Victoria, Vancouver Island

The file consists of a typescript extract or table (source unknown) of baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Victoria between 1859 and 1886. The file is number from p. 42-179, presumably following on from the previous register. Information collected includes the date of baptism, name of child, parent's names, abode, quality, trade or profession and by whom the ceremony was performed.

Big timber; Saga of the silver horde; The inside story; Saving the sagas; The life of a salmon; Trans-Canada air pageant pt.1

The item consists of a video cassette tape (VHS) copied in 1990 from a 3/4 inch U-Matic video tape created by the National Archives of Canada in 1989.

The contents include copies of six films about various British Columbian topics created between 1910 and 1938 as follows:

Big Timber / Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, 1935, b&w, sound.
Saga of the silver horde / Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, 1935, b&w, sound.
The inside story / Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, 1938, b&w, sound.
Saving the sagas / Associated Screen News Ltd., copyright Canadian Pacific Railway Company, 1927, b&w, silent.
Life of a salmon / Edison Manufacturing Company, 1910, b&w, silent with captions.
Trans-Canada air pageant and miscellaneous aeroplanes : part one / W.M. Archibald, copyright Air Canada, 1930, b&w & col., silent.

Canada. National Archives of Canada

British Columbia : Canada's Pacific gateway

The item is an educational film that shows the geography and economy of British Columbia, and the daily lives of its inhabitants. Includes scenes of the Tyee Salmon Tournament at Campbell River; Butchart Gardens; the Inside Passage.

Burials in the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, Vancouver Island

The file is a typescript copy of extracted entries of burials in the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. The entries are arranged by original page number (12 to 83) and follow directly on from the register in folder 6 with entries 89 to 664.

The information collected in the register includes the register number, name and abode of the person being buried, the date of burial, the age of the deceased and notes about who performed the ceremony.

Canada. Dept. Of Marine And Fisheries.

Transaction Registers for ships registered at Victoria 1867-1908 and Vancouver 1891-1898 and 1917-1945. The reels also contain Registers for various Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ports 1841-1950. Among details to be found are where and when ship was built; owners; builders; number of decks, masts, details of rigging etc.; length, breadth, depth; tonnage; details of engines; changes of ownership and final fate of ship (i.e. reason for being taken off Registry). Some Victoria volumes are indexed.

Reel B08475 (NAC reel C-1214, Vol. 147) Victoria 1897-1908
Reel B08476 (NAC reel C-3184) Quebec, Ontario, Victoria
Reel B08477 (NAC reel C-3185) Weymouth, Annapolis, Victoria
Reel B08478 (NAC reel C-3188)

Canada. Department of Marine and Fisheries

Christ Church Cathedral Parish register marriages

The file is a typescript copy of extracted entries of marriages solemnized in the Parish of Christ Church in Victoria. The entries are arranged by original page number (20 to 69) and follow directly on from the register in folder 3 (and overlaps slightly with the last entries in folder 4).

The information collected in the register includes the register page number, place and date of marriage, names of the parties being married, the name of the person solemnizing the marriage and the names of witness, and whether the marriage was authorized by banns or license.

Colonial Office correspondence with Hudson's Bay Co. with regard to Vancouver Island

This series consists of transcripts of correspondence with the Hudson's Bay Company relating to the conveyance, settlement, and reconveyance of Vancouver Island. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Volume 1: 1822-1851
Volume 2: 1852-1856.
Volume 3: 1856-1858
Volume 4: 1858-1860
Volume 5: 1860-1863
Volume 6: 1863-1880

Great Britain. Colonial Office

News items from British Columbia, 1910s-1920s

The item is a video cassette containing five newsreel items. There is a wide assortment of footage, much of it shot in the Victoria area. Highlights include: cars on Malahat; Victoria harbour; Empress Hotel; Government House; Lt.-Gov. Prior; Beacon Hill Park; Hatley Park; Fletcher Bros. music store; boxing; Gorge Sports Day; Colwood Golf Course; sulky racing, Vancouver; Butchart and other gardens; sealing fleet; panoramic views of Victoria; Legislative Buildings; Sooke pipeline; military sports day; motorcycle racing; canoe races; tug-o'-war; ship "Princess Louise"; John Oliver inspecting Navy League; visit of Gov.-Gen. Lord and Lady Byng; Hardy Bay; Willows Sports Day; garden party; Ladysmith coal bunkers; children's garden party; water sports, including high diving.

Records relating to baptisms, marriages and burials

The series consists of copies of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials kept at Fort Vancouver, Fort Victoria, Fort Langley, and the Parish of Victoria. The original dates of the records are 1836 to 1886 while the photocopies and transcripts were probably made around 1950.

The first mission of the Church of England on the northwest coast of North America was established by Rev. Herbert Beaver when he arrived at Fort Vancouver, the Pacific Headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company, in May 1837. With the establishment of Fort Victoria, the Hudson's Bay Company employed Rev. Robert John Staines to replace Rev. Beaver who had resigned his Fort Vancouver post in 1838. Staines arrived in 1849 and initiated construction of Victoria's District Church in 1853. Unhappy with the company's land policies, Staines sailed for England in 1854 carrying the grievances of other settlers. His ship foundered and Staines perished. His replacement was Edward Cridge who arrived at Fort Victoria on 1 April 1855. With the issuance of an ordinance by Governor Douglas "establishing regulations for the arrangement of the affairs of the Colonial Church" Cridge could hold his first regular services in August 1856. An endowment of £25,000 from Baroness Burdett-Coutts provided for the establishment of the Diocese of British Columbia and on 12 January 1859 Letters Patent were issued creating a Bishopric and appointing Rev. George Hills as Bishop. His church was consecrated on 7 December 1865 and Edward Cridge was appointed Dean. In September 1869 the Cathedral was destroyed by fire to be replaced by a second wooden structure consecrated on 5 December 1872. This was replaced with the existing stone cathedral consecrated 28 September 1929.

Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of British Columbia)

Register of Burials at Fort Vancouver, River Columbia, Northwest Coast of America

The file is a photostat copy of a pre-printed British register of burials, used to record burials at Fort Vancouver, 1837-1838 and Fort Victoria or Victoria, 1849-1859. The volume is 11 pages and contains 88 numbered entries. Pages 1-3 record burials at Fort Vancouver and pages 4-11 record burials at Fort Victoria or Victoria.

The information collected in the register includes the register number, name and abode of the person being buried, the date of burial, the age of the deceased and notes about who performed the ceremony.

Remembrance Day compilation

The item is a compilation video made by the Royal BC Museum using clips from archival newsreel and amateur footage. It shows mobilization and wartime scenes in Victoria and Vancouver during World War One (clips 1-5) and World War Two (clips 6-10). The Second World War material also includes civil defence activities in Vancouver, and Girl Guides collecting salvage for the war effort.

Secrets of Chinatown

The item is a video copy of a feature film. ". . . dealt with a murderous gang of opium smugglers operating in Victoria's Chinatown and the efforts of the local police to track them down. Two men disappear -- Doverscourt, a detective investigating a murder in Chinatown, and Brandham, a ship's chandler involved in the drug trafficking who has offered to tell the police all he knows because things are going too far. Completely baffled by the disappearance, Police Commissioner Parkins reluctantly turns for assistance to Donegal Dawn, a Sherlock Holmes style private detective. Meanwhile Robert Rande, a young friend of Dawn, has been threatened by the Chinese after he has shown an interest in Zenobia, a pretty blonde girl working in a Chinese curio shop, and has discussed the matter with Dawn. The Chinese villains, who invariably wear hoods and long robes, are operating from a temple and Rande now goes to this temple where Zenobia is taking part in a religious ceremony, believing herself to be 'the Eye of Lao-Tsee', and attempts to rescue her. Just as Rande is about to be knifed Dawn appears and shoots the hooded attacker. Rande soon returns for another try, only to be attacked by the missing Brandham who is acting under the influence of drugs. Dawn appears yet again and saves his life but rescues only Brandham, leaving Rande behind. Brandham quickly recovers from the effects of the drug but can remember nothing and so a visit to a yogi is arranged -- to unlock the 'subjective' half of the poor fellow's mind. Brandham reveals another hideout further up the coast of Vancouver Island. Dawn rapidly penetrates this new stronghold, hoping now to extricate both Rande and Zenobia, but this time he is captured. Fortunately Victoria's finest are not far behind and arrive in the nick of time. When the leader's hood is removed he is revealed to be Chan Tow Ling, the owner of the curio shop and a secret police operative to boot. Chan Tow Ling takes poison and Rande gets Zenobia." (Colin Browne, citing D. John Turner)

Victoria and Vancouver shipping registers

This series contains shipping registers for Victoria covering the period 1867-1908, and for Vancouver covering the period 1890-1945. Registers show tonnage, registered ownership, previous registrations, place of construction, description of vessel, particulars of engines, etc.

Reel B02527, Victoria (1867-1891); Reel B02528, Victoria (1881-1891); Reel B02529, Victoria (18971908); Reel B02530, Vancouver (1890-1945).

Canada. Marine Branch

Water : life to a city

The item is a promotional film about the development of the Greater Victoria Water District, and the concern about the future supply of clean water to its users, is presented. The case is made for preservation and enlargement of the Water District. The natural beauty of the land and water is captured by local filmmaker Wilf Gray.