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Victoria (B.C.) Premiers--British Columbia
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At home : the Premier on his farm ; The funeral of Dr. Tolmie

The item is a reel of b&w documentary film containing two sections, from the 1930s.
"1. A visit to Premier S.F. Tolmie's farm Cloverdale. Tolmie discussing his garden, inspecting his potatoes, working in the fields, prodding cows into barn for milking. Mrs. Tolmie and he posing several times, individually. Cloverdale consisted of 1300 acres, 400 under cultivation, and Tolmie took great interest in all agricultural pursuits. When he resigned in 1933 after five years as Premier of British Columbia, he dedicated himself to setting up a model farm on his land.

  1. Simon Fraser Tolmie died at Cloverdale on October 14, 1937; his funeral was held on October 16, 1937 in Victoria with full honours. Scenes include flag at half mast. Coffin being carried down Parliament Buildings' steps and placed in hearse. Empress Hotel. Cars in the procession and the hearse in front of the Parliament Buildings. Entourage driving up Government Street with crowds lining the street. Procession continuing along Quadra Street. Procession on way to Royal Oak Burial Park. Removing the coffin from the hearse at the cemetery." (Colin Browne)

Douglas Hunter interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-03-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Douglas Hunter talks about his family coming to Victoria in 1884, and his grandfather, John Robson, who was editor of the "British Columbian", "Colonist", and "Victoria Colonist", and later Premier. Dr. Hunter discusses his grandfather's life and character; his conflict with Judge Begbie; the island-versus-mainland rivalry; Richard McBride as premier; W.J. Bowser; Colonel Prior; Joe; Martin; and Thomas McInnes. TRACK 2: Dr. Hunter discusses elections in Victoria; early Victoria; the Legislative buildings; the Empress Hotel; ferries; changes in Victoria; confederation debates; s;ports; Lester Patrick; the James Bay Athletic Association, and the future of Victoria.

Guestbook from the open house at the Parliament buildings, November 5, 1991

  • GR-3344
  • Series
  • 5 Nov 1991

The record consists a bound volume guestbook created for the open house at the Parliament buildings in Victoria, BC to mark the swearing-in of Premier Mike Harcourt and the executive council on November 5, 1991. Visitors to the event signed the guestbook with their names, addresses and the occasional comment.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Office of the Speaker

Jim Ryan fonds

  • PR-2163
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1995

The fonds consists of photographs and other records from 1908 to ca. 1995, created or collected by Jim Ryan in the course of his career as a photographer. There are approximately 105,738 photographs, mostly black and white and colour negatives, but also including prints, slides and glass slides. The fonds also includes textual records consisting of news stories, copies of Ryan's publications, a few letters and other such material. The majority of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area and include images of the harbour, the city, buildings, events and parks. There are many photographs of British Columbia politicians, notably W.A.C. Bennett, as well as distinguished visitors, federal and local politicians. There are also photographs of local characters, children and ordinary people. Although most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, there are occasional images taken in other areas of Vancouver Island as well as some of Ryan's travel photographs. Some of the earliest material relates to World War I and may be Ryan family photographs or items that Ryan collected out of interest.

The fonds also includes motion picture film material, including completed films, production elements, news stories shot for television, and selected reels of footage.

Ryan, Jim, 1920-1998

Lottie Bowron interview

CALL NUMBER: T1288:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Bowron recalls her arrival in Victoria about 1902 and her first impressions of Victoria. She talks about her work for Sir Richard McBride in 1904; his appearance; incidents and anecdotes; his railway policy; the submarines; knighthood; religion; party politics; his farewell in 1915; his early life in New Westminster; training as a lawyer; entry into politics; Miss Bowron's work in the Premier's Office; the Pacific Great Eastern Railway and Captain Tatlow, the Minister of Finance. TRACK 2: Miss Bowron continues with descriptions of Sir Richard McBride in the Legislative Assembly; the opposition; his connections with Britain; relations with working men; relations with Attorney General W.J. Bowser; personal incidents; his family; speeches; his resignation; his death in England at 47; and his relations with Indians. Miss Bowron recalls incidents involving Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Butchart and their garden; and Mrs. R.B. McMicking.

CALL NUMBER: T1288:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Bowron continues with her recollections about Mrs. McMicking; Sir Richard McBride; impressions of early Victoria; and comments about Victoria in the 1960s. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Lottie Bowron papers

Scrapbooks; newspaper clippings; correspondence; daily journals, 1911, 1931, 1934; photographs; summer cottage guest register; Premier's Office, and Sir Richard McBride's appointment books. Extra visiting cards deposited in BC Provincial Museum, History Division. The series also consists of one file relating to the administration of the estates of both John and Elizabeth Bowron, Lottie Bowron's parents. Photographs transferred to Visual Records.

Nellie Hood interview

CALL NUMBER: T1290:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Nellie, Mrs. F.G. Hood, talks about her childhood in early Victoria; her father, Colonel Prior, was an MP in the federal parliament, the premier of BC and Lieutenant Governor. She recalls memories of early James Bay; Judge Matthew Begbie; social occasions; musicals; streets in Victoria; the old Victoria Theatre; the Chinese Theatre; musical life; the Royal Navy; entertaining; Indians selling salmon; May 24 celebrations; impressions of Victoria; visits to San Francisco; Victoria and the Yukon gold rush; and changes in Victoria from 1906 to 1930. TRACK 2: Mrs. Hood speaks about her ;father, Colonel Prior; a visit to Seattle; San Francisco's influence on Victoria; Victoria's architecture and furnishings; Government House and other large houses; Rudyard Kipling and other notables; ;James Bay residents; her grandfather, John Work; the Gorge residents; her father in public life in Ottawa and Victoria; disreputable characters; riding; camping; and schooling at Angela College.

CALL NUMBER: T1290:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-03-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Hood continues with recollections about local characters, Jenny and Jimmy Chickens; the chain gang; the Point Ellice Bridge disaster; Lady Douglas; May 24 celebrations; Christmas celebrations; her father in politics; elections; childhood pets; and her views on Victoria today. [TRACK 2: blank.]