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Lytton Government Agency account books

  • GR-3049
  • Series
  • 1858-1900

This series consists of various financial records created by the Lytton Government Agent and related government employees from 1858-1900. The records include account books, cash books, records of licences, lists of lots, receipts, a list of prisoners and charge book for the Lytton gaol, road tolls collected at Lytton, a store ledger, waste books and collectorate books. Collectorate books record the collection of various fees by the government agent. Such as trade licences, liquor licences, marriage licences, pre-emption records, water records, mining records, fines, deposits and rent. There are also handwritten notes and invoices created by the Government Agent for the Hope-Yale-Lytton District.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Lytton)

Records of the postal service

  • GR-4124
  • Series
  • 1858-1871

This series consists of records related to the postal service operated in the colony of British Columbia, from 1858-1871. The records were created at post offices around BC, including Fort Yale, Lillooet, Hope, Lytton, William Creek, as well as the Postmaster General office in New Westminster. There is also one book from the Victoria post office.

Most records document the movement of mail between the Cariboo district and New Westminster along the Fraser River. Most of the volumes record the arrival, departure and destination of letters or parcels. There are also various financial account books tracking sale the of stamps and expenses. The records are arranged chronologically.

British Columbia (Colony). Post Office Dept.

Lillooet Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4136
  • Series
  • 1986-2002

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 2002 in the Lillooet Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3017. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Lillooet)

Lillooet Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-3017
  • Series
  • 1943-2002

This series consists of probate or estate files from the Supreme Court of Lillooet from 1943-2002. Files are arranged by file number which are assigned in the order probates are filed with the court. Note that different filing systems were used over time.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Lillooet)

William Riley interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. William C. Riley talks about the settlement of the Lillooet Area from 1860 to 1910. Riley discusses his grandfather's background and how his father Bill Riley brought a cattle herd up from the US in 1861. He tells a story about a saloon in Omineca, more on his grandfather who was a tobacco grower, his father's background, Lillooet as a wide-open town, Indians in the area, a story of two Indians hung for murder, more on his father and mother, the old mining town of Parsonville and his own early life. TRACK 2: Mr. Riley discusses his role on the first crew at the Bralorne Mine, community feeling among miners, working and living conditions, a story about the first gold mine at Bridge River, an altercation between and Indian Chief and a white prospector, and a story about a local desperado.

The sockeye salmon story

Documentary. The International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission's struggle to save the Fraser River sockeye salmon run. Includes research toward and construction of the Hells Gate and Bridge River fishways, and the program for re-stocking depleted streams.


The series consists of 63 black and white photographs or postcards created or acquired by Hutchings in the 1920s and 1930s which mainly document the 1936 Skeena flood and its impact on Anyox and Terrace. There are also snow slide photographs taken near Lillooet and Fernie in the 1930s. In addition there are some photographs of Smithers, postcards of the Revelstoke area and several other miscellaneous photographs.

The series also includes 27 black and white copy prints loaned by Hutchings for copying by the Provincial Archives in 1972. These prints show the town site of Anyox including the dam, the smelter and various fires.

Magistrate's record books

  • GR-0593
  • Series
  • 1862-1917

This series consists of four volumes of record books from the Lillooet Provincial Court. Volumes include magistrate's record book, 20 May 1865 - 15 Aug 1893; gaol book (charge and sentence), 9 Jan 1862 - 9 Jul 1867 and 29 Sep 1893 - 7 Nov 1912; charge and sentence book, 14 Jul 1874 - 31 Oct 1879 (contains also Firm Index Book and listings under the Mechanics Liens Act and the Sale of Goods Act, 1897-1915); Magistrate's Court notebook, 18 Feb 1893 - 3 Jul 1917.

British Columbia. Provincial Court (Lillooet)

Lillooet County Court sale of goods register

  • GR-3824
  • Series
  • 1917-1922

The series is an index or register related to the Sale of Goods Act, including liens, conditional bills of sale, bills of sale, promissory notes, and receipts for labour. Names are entered alphabetically. The left side of each folio lists the vendors alphabetically and the right side lists the names of the purchaser. Each entry includes the file number, date of filing, nature of instrument/purchase, name of the vendor and name of the purchaser.

The sales were made under subsection 4 of section 2 of the “Sale of Goods Act Amendment” (SBC 1916, c. 56) which states “The office for filing shall be the office of the Registrar of the County Court holden in or nearest to the place where delivery of the chattels is made or required to be made.”

British Columbia. County Court (Lillooet)

Lillooet County Court partnership declarations and dissolutions

  • GR-3825
  • Series
  • 1909-1969

The series consists of two volumes relating to partnership declarations in the Lillooet County Court.

Volume one (1909-1938) is a register recording declarations. It is divided into three sections: declarations of individual and firm partnerships, declaration of trade names and declarations of dissolutions of partnerships. Items are ordered by filing date. There are some original firm declarations pasted into the volume.

Volume two (1909-1969) contains original signed partnership declarations, declarations of firm names and dissolutions of partnerships. The different kind of declarations are numbered by filing date and are interfiled together.

British Columbia. County Court (Lillooet)

Lillooet County Court naturalization registers

  • GR-3822
  • Series
  • 1913-1977

The series consists of two bound volumes of naturalization registers (also referred to as naturalization indexes) from the Lillooet County Court. The registers are indexed alphabetically and include the individual’s name, occupation, nationality, address, associated dates, and remarks.

Volume 1 covers 1913-1914 and a few records from 1920-1930. Volume 2 covers 1920-1977 and includes some loose correspondence relating to citizenship procedures.

British Columbia. County Court (Lillooet)

Robert Carson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-10-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Robert Henry Carson remembers the Carson Ranch at Pavilion. He discusses his grandfather, Hugh Magee, who settled on the Fraser River; his father Robert Carson, born 1841, died 1911, came from Scotland and settled in Pavilion in 1864; a cattle drive to Vancouver in 1887 with Robert Carson, Richard Hoey and Pecullah Kosta; the dispute over water rights; his father taking up land on the lower benches; a new style of ranching; school; the family home; stories about Richard McBride, Pauline Johnson and John Oliver; anecdotes; and water rights legislation.

TRACK 2: The story of water rights is continued as well as Indian ranch hands; selling surplus hay in Clinton; childhood memories of the stage between Clinton and Lillooet; parents; how he left the ranch in 1909; worked on a survey crew; worked in real estate in Vancouver from 1910 to 1914; colourful characters back at the ranch, such as Dave Williams and Cataline.

Catherine Christy interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-10-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Catherine Christy remembers her life at Big Bar. Mrs. Christy's father, Robert Chisholm, came to Big Bar in the early 1880s. She speaks about her life on the farm; a typical day when she was a child; cattle ranching; her mother, Catherine Dickey; and life as a single mother. She also discusses illness; sheep; the Chinese; other people in the area; and farmers at Big Bar. TRACK 2: Mrs. Christy discusses her maternal grandfather, James Dickey; and her mother. She then describes marketing turkeys, and more about life on the farm. The town of Lillooet is described circa 1910. She also discusses fruit farming; the Texas Creek area; and stories about the Big Bar area. The interview ends with a description of ranch life before 1920.

Maud Haylmore interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-26 SUMMARY: Mrs. Maud Haylmore describes the Lillooet area from 1862 to 1900. She tells the story of her grandfather, Captain Arthur John Martley, who established the farm 'The Grange' in 1862. Her mother, Alice Maude Manson, was born in Lillooet in 1862, and her father was W.G.C. Manson. She describes growing up on the Grange; her grandfather would ship supplies to Barkerville in the 1860s. She describes the Klondike miners of 1898, Indians near Lillooet, a flood, Chinese miners, mining on Cayoosh Creek, her Uncle Arthur Martley's freight teams which freighted between Ashcroft and Lillooet, Chinese coffins and jade exports, camels during the gold rush of 1858, and adobe houses in Lillooet, circa 1860.

Charge book, signed by Constable J.R. Flynn

  • GR-0849
  • Series
  • 1860-1898

This series consists of records of the Lillooet Provincial Police Force. Records include a charge book, signed by J.R. Flynn, constable (5 p.); alphabetical lists of certificates of work, with fees paid, 1896-1898 (0.5 cm); and spirit licences, 1862 (1 p.)

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Lillooet)

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

Thomas Hurley interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-10-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Thomas Cole Hurley remembers early days in the Lillooet district. Mr. Hurley recalls how his father, Daniel Edward Hurley, arrived from Nova Scotia around 1883; his uncle Thomas Jameson Cole; more about his father; Bridge River mines and its amalgamation into Bralorne in later years; working at the mine in 1912; his father's Victoria Hotel built in 1900; the town of Lillooet in the 1890s; the Chinese miners; more about Lillooet; the Depression; more on Lillooet in the 1890s, the industry, the town; anecdotes about Halley's Comet; Old Bill; and a New Years Eve prank.

TRACK 2: Mr. Hurley tells two stories about law and order; Lillooet's Chinese section; more anecdotes; Frank Gott; Lytton in the 1890s; the stopping houses; the stages between Lillooet and Lytton; arrival of the PGE Railway from Squamish; hunting; minerals; travel by road; steamers and river traffic in the early years; and the opening of the Golden Cache Mine.

Hilda Haylmore interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1981-09 SUMMARY: Mrs. Hilda Haylmore, nee Mason, tells of her grandparents, who came to the coast in 1861. Her grandfather travelled by horseback from the Fraser Valley to Vernon. Mr. Haylmore travelled over much of the United States and Canada on foot, before marrying and settling in the Lillooet area.

Reminiscences / Ernest Hubert Allcock, Ernest Hubert

The item is a photocopy of the reminiscences of Ernest Hubert Allcock. Allcock emigrated from England to Alberta in 1909 and worked on farms and on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. In 1914 he homesteaded near White's Landing, north of Quesnel. He was highway foreman in Quesnel, and from 1941 to 1952 in Lillooet.

Lillooet County Court suitor’s funds register

  • GR-3823
  • Series
  • 1901-1970

The series is a register of suitor’s funds for the Lillooet County Court and Lillooet Supreme Court. The volume is arranged chronologically by the date a receipt is received. The left page of each folio in the volume contains information on receipts where suitor’s money is paid into the County Court of Cariboo holden at Lillooet. The right side contains information on payments where the suitor’s money is payed out of the court.

Each entry includes receipts and payments. Information in the ledger includes: date payment received, style of cause, number of suit, from whom received, date payed out, signature of recipient and amounts.

British Columbia. County Court (Lillooet)

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