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Catherine Maclure interview

CALL NUMBER: T0715:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Catherine Maclure, daughter of Samuel Maclure, talks about her early life in Victoria; the Maclure family; grandfather Maclure; family farm in Matsqui; grandmother Maclure; childhood re;collections; Abbotsford and the family telegraph operators. TRACK 2: Miss Maclure continues her recollections of the Maclure family; family telegraph operators in various locations; Samuel Maclure';s education; his art and architecture; house designs in Victoria; his architectural partners, Cecil Fox, Ross Lott; Mrs. Samuel Maclure; her watercolours of Songhees Indians; her marriage; Margaret Simpson; Mrs. Samuel Maclure; the MacLeod family; Samuel Maclure's interests; houses and offices he designed.

CALL NUMBER: T0715:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Maclure, daughter of Samuel Maclure, talks about the Carr family and Emily Carr; British immigrants; Rudyard Kipling's visit; the Royal Navy; Sir Clive Phillips-Wolley; Warburton Pike; Victoria at the turn of the century; and the Chinese gardens in Fairfield. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Charles I. Harris interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Captain Charles Harris RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Charles Harris explains how he left Halifax in 1887 to come to Victoria to get involved in the sealing trade, he describes the trip, arriving in Victoria in 1888, going to sea in 1890, becoming mate of the "Mary Taylor" in 1891, his experience in the Bering Sea, details on his career and adventures in the 1890s, a detailed account of the process of going about sealing including anecdotes, when sealing with guns was outlawed in 1911 by virtue of a treaty, more on sealing, differences in hunting techniques between Indians and white people, an anecdote about taking Haida Indians sealing, potential dangers, and anecdotes about boat. TRACK 2: Captain Harris continues by describing his impressions of early Victoria, the liquor traffic in Victoria before and during prohibition, the navy at Victoria prior to WWI, the submarines brought to Victoria in 1915, and more on changes over time in Victoria.


  • GR-1305
  • Series
  • 1879-1896

This series comprises a volume of letter-book copies of correspondence from Lieutenant Governor A.N. Richards to the Senior Naval Officer, Esquimalt (3 January 1879 - 2 June 1881), along with schedule of despatches received by Lieutenant Governor Edgar Dewdney from the Senior Naval Officer (1893-1896). Volume to be used in conjunction with GR-0443, vol. 66.

British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor


Letters to Harry Bedwell in Australia from his younger brother Edward Parker Bedwell, R.N.: ten were written from England, Europe and Australia, and twelve from British Columbia, 1857-1860, where Bedwell was engaged in the boundary survey on H.M.S. Plumper.

Correspondence relating to the Royal Navy

This series contains reports and despatches between the Senior Naval Officer (Esquimalt, B.C.) & the Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall (London, Eng.). The correspondence includes letters from colonial governors and despatches from Deputy Adjutant General (B.C. militia district). The records also include lists of naval stores storekeepers' accounts, sketch maps of naval reserves and stations, and printed reports.

Great Britain. Admiralty


Diaries, February 28, 1904 - March 10, 1905, and August 11 - December 22, 1909. The diaries describe Gelsthorpe's journey from Malta to Esquimalt, where he was employed at Dockyard; his life there from April 19, 1904 to February 28, 1905; his return to England across the U.S.A.; a visit to Victoria from August 11 - August 15, 1909; and his return to England via the C.P.R. and ship.

Edgar Crow Baker papers

Series consists of logs, journals, notebooks and scrapbooks relating to naval service, 1860-1873; diaries, 1861-1920; journals of BC Pilotage Authority, 1877-1878; copy of letter, 1886, from Bishop Augustine Scriven. Excerpts from diary relating to Victoria Telephone Company available in typescript, August - December 1879. Also includes two oversized, slightly differing versions of a certificate presented to Baker upon his resignation as Secretary to the B.C. Board of Trade, September and October, 1885.

Egeria (H.M. Ship).

H.M.S. Egeria, Sporting Journal, Pacific, 1900, describing fishing, hunting and skiing trips and containing manuscript maps and clippings regarding same; correspondence regarding hunting; East Africa Protectorate game licence. Maps transferred to Map accessions 10712 and 10713.

Presented by Ron Greene, Victoria, 1978.

Egeria (H.M. Ship)

Francis J. Blackwood fonds

  • PR-1199
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1866

The fonds consists of a personal log book relating to Francis Blackwood's service in the Royal Navy.

Blackwood, Francis J.

Frederick Longstaff papers

Diaries, 1897-1961, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks and household accounts. The collection reflects Longstaff's interest in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church, various youth organizations and the history of British Columbia in general. Frederick Victor Longstaff was born June 15th 1879 in Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, England. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and came to Canada in 1909 as a machine gun instructor seconded to the Canadian Active Militia. He settled in Victoria in 1911 where he practiced as an architectural draughtsman, in which capacity he was involved in the design of Saint John's, Quadra Street and the James Bay Anglican Hall. From 1921 until his death he devoted himself entirely to historical and geographical studies, publishing works on naval, local and ecclesiastical history. Longstaff died in Victoria in 1961. Jennie Long McCulloch Longstaff was born in Stratford, Ontario on July 5th 1879. She came to Victoria with her parents in 1885. She joined the staff of the King's Printer and rose to the position of Chief Clerk. In 1913 she became active in the Alpine Club of Canada where she met Frederick Victor Longstaff; they married in 1921. After marriage she retired and devoted her time to various cultural interests. She died in Victoria in 1957. Records include: diaries, 1897-1961, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks and household accounts. The collection reflects Longstaff's interest in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church, various youth organizations and the history of British Columbia in general. Approximately 1,200 photographs of ships, mountains, family, and a world cruise of the Empress of Britain were transferred to Visual Records accession 198504-1. The photographs are arranged alphabetically as organized by Longstaff. Other photographs are in accession 198001-2. Maps were registered as M889132. A list of maps from the Longstaff collection is available in Map documentation file M856030, also known as finding aid CM/Z43. Please request this file from an archivist. Annotated copy of A Gazetteer of British Columbia, ca. 1913, is available in BC Archives unprocessed manuscript accession, 87-26. Related records available at the University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections, SC069, and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, L816 and L1221.

Longstaff, Frederick Victor, 1879-1961

George Palmer fonds

  • PR-0395
  • Fonds
  • 1854-1961 [Microfilmed 1987]

The fonds consists of a ship's journal, a photograph and an annotated map.

Palmer, George, 1829-1917

Great Britain. Admiralty.

Pacific Station index to correspondence. Consists of an index to the records of the Pacific Station at Esquimalt. The original records to which this index refers have been catalogued at the BC Archives GR-3256. Although the microfilm in GR-3256 covers volumes 1-39, this index only indexes volumes 1-22. Volumes 23-39 have not been indexed.

Purchased from National Archives of Canada in 1993. The National Archives originally catalogued these records as MG12, ADM155, "Station Records, Pacific, Indexes to Correspondence" (their microfilm reel B-20).

Great Britain. Admiralty

Great Britain. Admiralty.

Pacific Station records consisting of correspondence, memoranda and reports accumulated by the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Station at Esquimalt. A subject index to volumes 1-22 is located in GR-3257. Volumes 23-39 have not been indexed.

Purchased from National Archives of Canada in 1993. The National Archives originally catalogued these records as RG8, IIIB, "Pacific Station Records."

Finding aid: reel/file list available

Great Britain. Admiralty

Great Britain Admiralty log books

Logs, 1791-1795, H.M. Sloop Discovery, Captain George Vancouver, to northwest coast of North America; includes master's logs of H.M. Ships Chatham, Daphne (1790), Dorset (1789-1790) and Drake (1788-1789). (Great Britain, P.R.O., Adm. 51/4533, 51/4534, 52/2262, 55/25, 55/26, 55/28, 55/32, 55/33).

Great Britain. Admiralty

Henry Cuthbert Holmes interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Major H. Cuthbert Holmes speaks about J.D. Pemberton's early life; his arrival in the colony of Vancouver island in 1851; his education; his work as surveyor; his membership in the executive; council; early trips made on Vancouver Island; and the Pemberton farm properties. He continues with a discussion of the Holmes family and his grandfather's property; the Augustus Pemberton family; qualities of the pioneers; Victoria's buildings; residential areas and property booms. TRACK 2: Major Holmes talks about the beginnings of the Island Highway; F.B. Pemberton's athleticism; the Royal Navy; prosperity booms; local incidents; the Yarrow Building; business slump after World War I; the future of Victoria and Vancouver Island; and the importance of regional planning.

Henry, Arthur, 1876-1946. Sayward; Farmer

Diaries. From 1896-1900, Henry was in the Royal Marine Artillery on board H.M.S. Victorious on the China Station; he emigrated to B.C. in 1911, and from November 1913 to February 1914 worked as a carpenter at South Wellington mine; in May 1914 he pre-empted Lot 8, Sayward district; he served in the army from 1915-1917, partly in England; in April 1920 the family returned to Sayward. A typescript of the diaries for 1897-1900 is filmed after the 1935-1936 diary, and contains photographs, programmes, etc. Photos transferred to Visual Records.

Henry, Arthur, 1876-1946

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