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Canada. Department of Militia and Defence
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Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission

  • GR-1315
  • Series
  • 1915-1929

This series contains records from the Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission. It includes documents of the provincial government agency established in 1919 to assist with the resettlement of Canadian and Imperial war veterans. Papers include correspondence with various ex-servicemen's associations, reports on military hospitals, and accounts regarding war services gratuity payments.
The RSAC papers consisted principally of three large files:
"25F" series - files pertaining to veterans of the Canadian armed forces
"35I" series - files dealing with veterans of the Imperial armed forces resident in British Columbia
"50" series - files pertaining to local branches of the Provincial Returned Soldiers' Commission and other veterans' associations
The papers also include records pertaining to War Services Gratuity payments, account books, cancelled cheques, reports, and correspondence concerning veterans' training, employment, and land settlement schemes.
The RSAC papers were microfilmed by the Provincial Secretary's Department in 1956. The microfilms were transferred from the Central Microfilm Bureau to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in 1983.
Originally, the RSAC papers also included documents which were designated "R" series files. These files have yet to be identified. Although a card index to the files was included when the papers were filmed in 1956, the documents themselves appear to have been destroyed.

British Columbia. Returned Solders’ Aid Commission

Militia district 11 (B.C.) correspondence

  • GR-0979
  • Series
  • 1874-1896

The series consists of two volumes of correspondence created or collected by the Militia stationed at Victoria. The first volume, 1874-1876, contains correspondence regarding payment and accounting procedures from the Dept. of Militia and Defense in Ottawa to Captain Edward Mallandaine, paymaster for Militia district 11. The second volume, 1875-1896 (with gaps) contains correspondence from various militia officers stationed at Work Point barracks to the private secretary of the Lieutenant-Governor, most of it social or ceremonial in nature.

Canada. Department of Militia and Defence

Committee on the Defences of Canada papers

The series consists of a selection of those papers submitted to the Committee on the Defenses of Canada relative to B.C. Filmed at start: "Report, by the Secretary, upon the correspondence submitted to the committee," 1 Jan. 1886, and, list of documents on film.

Canada. Department of Militia and Defence

Canada. Dept. Of Agriculture. William Head Quarantine Station.

Annual reports for the William Head (B.C.) Quarantine Station from 1902 to 1932. As well as statistical operational data on the station, the reports often contain information of occurrences of communicable diseases on connecting shipping routes. Some correspondence is included concerning the isolation and treatment of leprosy in the province.

Canada. Department of Agriculture