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[Rough notes of journeys in the Northwest]

File consists of several pages of rough notes detailing one or several journeys between Fort Garry and Fort Vancouver in the mid nineteenth century. A Liverpool postal stamp dated to 1851 gives a possible date. Locations and encounters are described at Fort Edmonton, Fort Ellice, Fort Pitt, Fort Colville, and other sites. Another page gives a short itinerary of a journey from Fort Vancouver to Port Simpson and back. The Beaver is mentioned a steamer used for this trip. It is unclear if the notes are from the same journey or if they were written by the same person.

Lenora mines photographs

File consists of 4 black and white photographic prints depicting operations at Lenora Mine on Vancouver Island, from 1896-1897. Annotations on the versos provide additional context. Scenes depicted include:
The sorting shed
An Ore pile
The mess hall
Group portrait in front of an unidentified structure

Brief history of Ashcroft Water, Electric, and Improvement Company

File is a monograph from 1939, from H.W. Mellish to the Public Utilities Commission, giving a detailed history of the Ashcroft Water, Electricity, and Improvement Company. The report is intended to provide context to the Commission for a review of a proposed rate change by the company. It includes copies of financial figures and correspondence with the Board of Investigation Under the Water Act from preceding years.

British Columbia. Public Utilities Commission

Applications for letters patent

File mainly consists of an application to the Colony of Vancouver Island for letters patent for a submerged water pump from Rolla Elija Brewster and Theodore Augustus Mudge dated to 1868. It includes a power of attorney granted by Her Britannic Majesty's Consul in San Francisco for solicitors to carry Brewster and Mudge's request for letters patent to the Colony of Vancouver Island. It also includes correspondence between the Colonial Government of Vancouver Island, including correspondence from the Colonial Secretary, and a grant of patent to Mudge and Brewster, signed by Attorney General Henry Crease and Minister of Lands and Works Joseph Trutch. The file also includes a technical drawing on vellum, possibly of the pump. Also included is a large scale technical drawing of placer mining machinery by Philip Cadell, dated to December 16, 1867.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Colonial Secretary

W.K. Kiernan Minsterial addresses and other records

File consists of approximately 1 cm of textual records comprised of speeches, interviews, notes, memoranda, and a copy of reasons for judgement, created between 1952 and 1970, in relation to W.K. Kiernan's various Ministerial positions in the government of British Columbia. A list is provided below:

Radio 9 CJVI interview transcript regarding the Minister's tour of Japan - 1961.
Address to the Social Credit Party - 1952.
Vancouver Court of Appeal Reasons for Judgement, X245/63 - June 12, 1963
Address to the B.C. Wildlife Federation 12th Annual Convention - 1968
Address to the Third Session of the Twenty-third Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia - 1969
Notes for "Course into Future" - 1969
Address to the B.C. Wildlife Federation 13th Annual Convention - 1969
Address to the British Columbia Hotels Association - 1970

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources

Lea Gillard's diary

The file consists of a small handwritten diary that was written by Lea Gillard, a United Church minister who worked about a coastal missionary boat, the Sky Pilot, in the 1930s and 1940s. The diary starts in 1935 and ends in 1939. The diary captures life aboard the boat that operated up and down the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Gillard records day-to-day activities on the boat, such as ministering to the communities along the coast, dealing with repairs and maintenance of the boat, the weather, social events and family life.

Alongside the diary is a typed transcript that was done by the donor in 2022. This not only is a typed version of the diary, but also includes additional notes about Reverend Gillard as well as some photos.

Victoria County Court case file

The file is from the Victoria County Court and is case file number 439/50 regarding H.R. MacMillan Export Co. Ltd., 1950. Civil case files may contain the notice of claim or notice of petition, writs and affidavits, orders and a final judgment.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)


The file contains a photocopy of a petition from residents of Village of Granville and vicinity requesting incorporation under the name "The City of Vancouver".

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly

Memorandum with explanatory notes regarding voting regulations

The file consists of a 12 page memorandum created by Special Officer G.H. Ward for the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary in 1941. The memo concerns the B.C. general election held on October 9, 10, 11, 1941 and the B.C. Active Service Vote in the United Kingdom with explanatory notes re active service voting regulations.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Memorandum of Agreement re: Old Cariboo Road

The file consists of a signed agreement from 1928 between the Province represented by the Minister of Public Works and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR). The agreement sets out compensation to be paid by the CPR for each level crossing on the Old Cariboo Road between Haig and Spences Bridge that would be eliminated by the construction of the new provincial highway.

The agreement is accompanied by a photocopied letter from 1963 from the Office of the Attorney-General to the Chief Engineer of the Dept. of Highways instructing them to keep the agreement in their active files.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Inquiry into scaling at Shoal Island log sort as requested by The Honourable T.M. Waterland, Minister of Forests on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council

The consists of a photocopy of a report to the Hon. T. M. Waterland, Minister of Forests, from Donald T. Grant, R.P.F., Regional Manager, Vancouver Forest District, regarding charges by forest companies of inaccuracies in log scaling at the Shoal Island Dry Land Sort facility, near Crofton. The report contains a chronological history of the inquiry, a full discussion of the conflict, supporting statistician reports, final submissions, and conclusions and recommendations.

Parties involved included Dougan Logging; G.W. Cox and Sons Logging; John Reid and Associates; Kyoquot Logging; Traer and Mahood Contractors; White and Davidson Logging.

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

Home Economics in British Columbia

The file contains a photocopy of a typescript of an article by Home Economics Branch director, Jessie L. McLenaghen, giving brief survey of the development of Home Economics in B.C. schools from 1895 to 1941. The article was intended for publication in "The School".

British Columbia. Home Economics Branch

Interim unrevised report on Mothers' Pensions

The file consists of an interim, unrevised report on "The Administration of Mothers' Pensions in British Columbia, 1920-21 to 1930-31. It includes a summary of findings and recommendations with statistical tables appended.

British Columbia. Civil Service Commission

Grand Jury report on various public facilities

The file contains a report of a Grand Jury from May 1906. The report is submitted by Henry Pim to Chief Justice Hunter and reports on an inspection of various facilities including City Jail and Police Court, offices, the Chinese hospital, the new General Hospital, the Alexandra Orphanage, the new Industrial School at Greer's Beach and the bridges over False Creek.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Script of play and notes by Llewelyn Bullock-Webster

The file consists of a script of play called "The Curse of Chirra-Poonge" by Llewelyn Bullock-Webster, Director of the Dept. of Education's School and Community Drama Branch. The accompanying note from the Provincial Drama Advisor said it was performed at Government House in the early 1930's.

British Columbia. School and Community Drama Branch

Nellie Isabel (Burnham) Gosnell family history

File consists of a black and white photographic print, presumably of Nellie Isabel Gosnell as a young woman and a two page typewritten history of the Chapman, Burnham, and Gosnell families. It provides family trees and recounts the movements of these families as they settled and became established in Cobble Hill and Victoria in the late 19th and early twentieth century. The history was written by Nellie Gosnell's daughter, Margaret (Gosnell) Taylor.

Cariboo gold rush records

File consists of textual records including licenses to sell liquor, free miners certificates, receipts for goods purchased, telegraph messages, Royal Engineers discharge papers, a will, correspondence, a list of persons entitled to vote in electoral district of Cariboo, and other records created between 1863 and 1885. They are generally related to the Cariboo region, especially Richfield, Barkerville, Quesnel, William Creek, and Yale.

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