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Papers relating to Chinese people in British Columbia

The series consists of (Volume 1) tickets for passage from Hong Kong to Victoria in 1865 via the barque "Maria", receipts, account books, medicine books; and (Volume 2) letters written by a son in China to his father in B.C. in the 1870s relating to crops, family news, and information regarding the investment of remittances (Volume 2).

Essays and accounts

The series consists of microfilmed transcripts of short essays on various subjects, including the transport and mining industries in B.C., the history of B.C., descriptions of Victoria and other B.C. cities by Cariboo grocer Leonard A. Coton. Also includes accounts of car trips taken by L.A. Coton to the Okanagan, the Cariboo and on Vancouver Island in the 1950s.

Letters written to Hugh Booth Lee

The series consists of photocopies of letters written from British Columbia to Hugh Booth Lee of Whitchurch, Shropshire, England, 1913-1914. Most of the letters were written by Hugh's mother, Mrs. Agnes Nash, during a visit she made to her children, Nessie (Mrs. Norman Lee), of Hanceville, Tom, of Alexis Creek, and Alfred, of Nicola and Alberni. The collection also contains letters from Tom and Nessie Hugh. Mrs. Nash was in the Chilcotin from March to May 1913, at Nicola from July to September, and in Victoria, where she lived with Nessie and Norman Lee, from October 1913 to June 1914. Mrs. Nash was very sociable and the letters are full of news of people met in B.C. and of the family in England.

Views of Victoria, E&N railway through Duncan

The series consists of 11 photographs of Victoria and the E&N Railway through Duncan. The photographs are numbered and consist of the following:

  1. Metropolitan Methodist Church, Pandora street, Victoria
  2. Grocery store window display
  3. Map: Fraser Valley and sign "[?] for good Coquitlam buys."
  4. Horse and wagons hauling timbers: "First big timbers for Victoria's great breakwater Can. Puget Sound Lumber Co."
  5. Horse and wagons hauling timbers
  6. Horse and wagons hauling timbers
  7. E&N track through Duncan
  8. E&N track through Duncan
  9. E&N track through Duncan
  10. E&N track through Duncan
  11. E&N track through Duncan

Harriet C. Mackay school certificates

Item consists of two oversized certificates presented to Harriet Cotsford Mackay, a student at South Park School, Victoria, in 1895. On September 18, she was awarded a diploma for her writing by the British Columbia Agricultural and Industrial Association at their 19th annual exhibition. On December 20, she was awarded her high school entrance certificate by the Superintendent of Education.

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

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

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

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)

Victoria City official census, 1891

The series consists of a microfilm copy of the Victoria City official Census, 1891. The microfilm was made by the Public Archives of Canada in 1983 from a carbon copy of the census (MG 9 F 3).

The returns of census in 1891 were taken as a result of the city's belief that the federal census had placed Victoria's population at too low a figure. Census lists heads of households and single people alphabetically with either address or occupation; number of members of household and numbers of those household members identified as either Indian or Chinese.

After the alphabetical list of householders residents of the Protestant Orphans' Home, St. Ann's School, St. Joseph's Hospital, Indian reserves, and crews of the barques Callao and Serica are listed. Under "miscellaneous", numbers (but no names) were counted for crews on ships in harbour, boarders at St. Angela's College, Old People's home, City lock up and First Nations people camped on Store Street.

Warden's diaries

  • GR-0002
  • Series
  • 1893-1899

The series consists of three volumes of Victoria Gaol Warden's diaries dated 1893, 1896 and 1899.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

New Archives and Museum report

  • GR-0076
  • Series
  • 1966

The series consists of a report entitled "Specifications for B.C. Archives & Museum, Victoria, B.C. Phase 4." Vol. 2 of 6.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Provincial Police records relating to the Victoria district

  • GR-0107
  • Series
  • 1877-1928

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1877 and 1925. The records relate to the Victoria district and include the following: Police and gaol diary, 1877; Provincial Police record books, Jan. 1894 to Nov. 1898; office diaries, 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1924; report book, 1916 to 1925; files relating to informations, warrants and depositions, 1893 to 1909; and deposition case files from 1919 to 1923 and 1925.

The series also includes correspondence files from Otway Wilkie, Senior Police Constable, Victoria, dated 1922-1923. This position is also referred to as the Officer commanding “A” Division. “A” Division of the BC Provincial Police Force included subdivisions for the Victoria and Vancouver regions, but had its headquarters in Victoria. The Senior Constable may have been located in the same office as the Police Superintendent, which was responsible for the entire province. Many records are to or from the Superintendent or include stamps from the Office of the Superintendent. These records include circulars, correspondence, game reports, coroner inquisition records, reports on various crimes. Correspondence may be with other police officials or from public reporting or providing information on crimes.

There is also a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Vancouver Daily Province from 1927-1928 created by the Victoria Criminal Identification Department. The clippings relate to a variety of crimes reported in the paper. They are arranged by date and indexed by name of the individuals in the paper. The scrapbook was likely used as a reference for tracking repeat offenders.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

Provincial Museum correspondence inward

  • GR-0111
  • Series
  • 1897-1970

The series consists of correspondence inward (with responses) to the director, assistant director, curators, and other personnel of the Provincial Museum. The correspondence is with collectors, amateur and professional naturalists, museum officials, and federal and provincial government departments and agencies and was created between 1897 and 1970.

The files include correspondence with the museum's first three directors (called "Curators" prior to 1913): John Fannin (1886-1904), Francis Kermode (1904-1940), and G. Clifford Carl (1940-1969). However, very little of the correspondence generated during Fannin's tenure has survived, while most of the Kermode files date from the post-1918 period.

The series also includes index cards created between 1925 and 1937 which records index details about letters in A-Z, and letters out, A-R.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Victoria Gaol employment registers

  • GR-0305
  • Series
  • 1861-1914

This series contains employment registers from the Victoria Gaol, 1861-1914. These volumes contain daily reports showing the prisoner's name, with or without labour, how/where employed and sometimes "remarks". The following Volumes are missing : 1 May 1900 - 16 Sep 1901 and 1 Feb 1903 - 14 Jun 1904. The final volume contains a notes that prisoners were transferred to Saanich Prison Farm on 12 Sep 1914.

Victoria Gaol

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

Architectural proposals and consultants reports

  • GR-0386
  • Series
  • 1967-1974

This series consists of architectural proposals and consultants reports on topics connected with the construction of public buildings, urban development, siting, traffic patterns, and design requirements. Reports have been created for the Department of Public Works by various sources, including Arthur Erikson Architects, The Environmental Analysis Group (TEAG), UBC School of Architecture, BCIT, Vancouver City Planning Department, and other various architects and engineers.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Provincial Secretary correspondence

  • GR-0393
  • Series
  • 1913

Correspondence replying to the invitation of the Premier and Executive Council to dine with the Captain and officers of H.M.S. "New Zealand."

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Victoria Police District record book of activities

  • GR-0424
  • Series
  • 1904-1907

This series consists of a Victoria Police District record book of activities for Dec. 1, 1904 to March 11, 1907.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

Sergeant's report book

  • GR-0426
  • Series
  • 1863-1866

This series consists of Colony of Vancouver Island Police Sergeant's report book, Jan. 20, 1863 April 3, 1865, and April 8, 1865 - Oct. 25, 1866.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Police and Prisons Dept.

Charge book, census of householders and daily report book

  • GR-0428
  • Series
  • 1862-1866

This series includes records of the Colony of Vancouver Island Police. Volume one is a charge book, 1862-1866; this volume also includes complaints of the Victoria Police Office, July - September 1866, and a census of householders in Victoria by street, 1871. Volume 2 is a daily report book, April 26, 1863-Dec. 23, 1864.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Police and Prisons Dept.

Victoria Supreme Court daily diaries and other material

  • GR-0433
  • Series
  • 1907-1934

This series consists of 19 volumes of Victoria Supreme Court daily diaries, 1907, 1910-1912, 1916-1919, 1923-1932, 1934. Volume 1 includes weather reports as well as matters of the court.

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)

Victoria Police District correspondence

  • GR-0499
  • Series
  • 1915

Letter to P. Walker from B. Blanchard, Sooke, B.C., June 3, 1915 (1/15) asking permission to keep a fawn he has found.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

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