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Moody, Richard Clement, 1813-1887
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Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works correspondence inward

  • GR-1180
  • Series
  • 1859

This series contains the correspondence inward to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, Colonel R.C. Moody. The records consists largely of letters from Governor James Douglas and the Colonial Secretary pertaining to town lots, other lands, trails and roads, and other public works in the vicinity of New Westminster. The series includes letters on the Harrison River road and pack trail.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.


Series consists of two letters to Richard Wolfenden and one to Madge (Wolfenden) Hamilton, 1904, 1908, 1958, containing reminiscences of early British Columbia by Francis Brook Gregory and John Connell and reminiscences of the family of R.C. Moody by R.A.C. Lowndes (great grandson); one invoice of Robert Porter and Sons.

Crease family collection

Henry Pering Pellew Crease (1823-1905) was born at Ince Castle, near Plymouth, England, educated at Cambridge, and called to the bar in 1849. He traveled to Upper Canada with his family and explored the Great Lakes area for mining potential before returning to England in 1851 or 2. He then worked briefly as a conveyancing barrister before becoming manager of the Great Wheal Vor United Mines in Cornwall. Following business difficulties, he emigrated to British Columbia in 1858, practicing law in Victoria and becoming a member of the Vancouver Island Legislative Assembly in 1860. In 1861 he was appointed Attorney General of the mainland colony and moved to New Westminster; he was appointed Attorney General of the united colonies in 1866 and returned to Victoria in 1868 when it became the capital of the colony of British Columbia. In 1870, he was made a supreme court judge. Crease was knighted in 1896. British Columbia. His family joined Crease in Victoria in 1860 and four more children, one of whom died in infancy, were born in British Columbia. Crease was interested in business and politics as well as the law. Both as a barrister and a supreme court judge he traveled throughout British Columbia on circuit. His wife accompanied him on some of these journeys. The Creases were prominent socially, and their house, Pentrelew, was a centre for Victoria society. Five of the Crease children lived into the 20th century, and three, Lindley (1867-1940), Susan (1855-1947) and Josephine (1864-1947), never married and lived at Pentrelew until their deaths. Susan was involved with the local Council of Women and Josephine with the Island Arts and Crafts Society. Both painted in watercolours, as did their mother. The two Crease sons, Lindley and Arthur, were sent to school in England and then practiced law in Victoria. Arthur served in France in the Canadian Army in the First World War.

The collection includes diaries, 1834-1900, correspondence inward, 1830-1904, and outward, 1830-1903, miscellaneous records and notebooks, including the minute books of the Colonial Securities Co., 1866-1868, of Sir Henry Crease; diaries, 1872-1913, correspondence inward, 1851-1922, and outward, and miscellaneous notebooks and records of Lady Crease; diaries, 1877-1937, correspondence inward, 1877-1940, and outward, 1893, and miscellaneous records of Lindley Crease; diaries, 1890-1960, account books, 1909-1954 and miscellaneous records of Arthur Crease; diaries, 1865-1943, correspondence inward, 1862-1891, 1902, and 1937, and miscellaneous records of Susan Crease; diaries, 1878-1942, correspondence inward, 1883-1890 and miscellaneous records of Josephine Crease; some correspondence inward of the other two Crease daughters, Mary Maberly (Walker) Crease and Barbara Crease; diaries, 1853, 1870, and 1898, and correspondence inward, 1847-1899, of Emily Howard Crease, Sir Henry Crease's sister, who taught school in British Columbia, and correspondence between members of the Crease and Lindley families in England and the Crease family in Victoria.

MS-2879 is an extensive collection of family papers which, in addition to the information it provides on the lives, activities and opinions of individual writers of letters and diaries, is a rich source of information on such topics as family life, childhood and the lives of women, and a major source on the economic, political, legal and social history of post-1858 l9th century British Columbia. The correspondence inward series to Sir Henry Crease includes letters from important figures in colonial and post colonial British Columbia. The collection contains some records relating to Sir Henry Crease's legal and business interests. It includes transcripts of Crease's private letter book, 1870-1873, Sarah Crease's diary of her trip to Cariboo, 1880, and her letters to her husband, 1849-1859. MS-2879 may be used in conjunction with MS-0054, MS-0055, MS-0056, and MS-0573.

Mary Susanna Moody family correspondence

[for typewritten transcript see volume 2] Letters written by Mrs. Moody to her mother and sister from Paris, Malta, and British Columbia; letters from Mrs. Moody's sister to her mother from Malta; a letter to Mrs. Moody from Captain Parsons, R.E. and five letters from R.C. Moody to H.P.P. Crease. Mary Susannah Moody lived in the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia between December 25, 1858 and November, 1863. During that time, her husband, Colonel Richard Clement Moody, was in command of the detachment of Royal Engineers which had been sent to British Columbia, and was Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for that colony. (In addition, he held a dormant commission as Lieutenant-Governor of the colony.) Mrs. Moody, the daughter of Joseph Hawks, J.P., D.L., of Newcastle-on-Tyne, married Moody on July 6, 1852. Moody had served as a Royal Engineers officer at a number of postings, both in Britain and abroad. He had also been governor of the Falkland Islands and had been seconded to the Colonial Office on special duty. Following his marriage, he served for a year on Malta and was in charge of Royal Engineers in North Britain. He was appointed to his positions in British Columbia in April 1858 and sailed from England on October 30, accompanied by Mrs. Moody and their four children. The Moodys reached Victoria on Christmas Day and remained there until May 1859, when they moved to New Westminster. They returned to England in November 1863, when the detachment of Royal Engineers was disbanded. The unit consists of forty-two letters. Thirty-four were written by Mrs. Moody, either to her mother or to her sister Emily. One is written from Paris, not dated, one from Malta in 1854, and one from New York in 1858, and the rest from Victoria and New Westminster. Of the remainder of the collection, one letter and two fragments were written by Emily Hawks to her mother from Malta in 1854, one letter was written by Captain R.M. Parsons, R.E. to Mrs. Moody in 1860, and five letters were written by R.C. Moody to H.P.P. Crease, dated New Westminster, 1860. The letters are filed in chronological order under the name of the sender. Typewritten transcripts have been made by the PABC. Letters in sections A (1-28), B C, and D were presented to the PABC by R.S. Newell (a grandson of Mrs. Moody), Salisbury, Wilts., in 1970. Letters A (29-34) were presented to the PABC by Mrs. Rosemary Holford, Dorset, England, 1973. Source: MS Finding Aids Presented by R.S. Newall, Salisbury, Wilts., a grandson of Mrs. Moody, 1970; and by Mrs. Rosemary Halford, a cousin of R.S. Newell, Dorcester, Dorset, 1973. Finding aid: item list.

Moody, Mary Susanna (Hawks), 1852-

Mining Records Register Book

  • GR-1121
  • Series
  • 1864-1911

This series contains a Mining Records Register Book. This volume is a register of various land grants, mineral claims, mining records, and water rights. Included are a record book of all claims and water privileges recorded in the Leech and Sooke River districts commenced December 1864 (1864-1878), and a register of all mining records and mineral claims recorded at Victoria, B.C., by the Chief Gold Commissioner, 1873-1911. Areas covered include the Queen Charlotte Islands, Cassiar district, and portions of Vancouver Island and the adjacent coast of British Columbia. Also included in this volume are the following items relating to the Royal Engineers in British Columbia: (1) List of men of Royal Engineers who purchased their discharge in British Columbia or Vancouver Island on the return of the North American Boundary Commission to England, 26 Sept. 1863. (2) Schedule of Crown Grants issued to Royal Engineers who served in the Colony of British Columbia under Colonel Moody.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner

Moody family fonds

  • PR-0492
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1878

The fonds consists of letters from Mary Susannah Moody to her mother and sister in England, written from New Westminster, Victoria and Hope. It also includes other family correspondence, a photo album kept by Richard and Mary Susannah Moody and a copy of the Moody family tree.

Moody (family)


The series consists of personal correspondence (1851-1912) including papers and correspondence relating to Christ Church Cathedral (1855-1874) and the Reformed Episcopal Church (1874-1909); appointments, testimonials, certificates, accounts, newspaper clippings, sermon notes, diaries, notebooks, a sketchbook and photographs.

The sermons which were numbered by Cridge, are filed in number order, and the registers of sermons in Box 8, Files 1 and 5 may be used to determine the date on which they were first preached. Some of the Cridge sermons are not numbered or dated, and this is noted in the finding aid. Most are in booklet form, but others consist only of loose notes.

Cridge, Edward, 1817-1913

Sketch of the route from North Bentinck Arm to Fort Alexander / by H.S. Palmer ; drawn by C. Sinnett ; lithd. by W. Oldham

Photographic copy of lithographed map which was issued in H.S. Palmer's Report of a journey of survey, from Victoria to Fort Alexander, via North Bentinck Arm. New Westminster, 1863.
"Prepared by the Royal Engineers at the Office of Lands and Works, New Westminster, by order of Col. R.C. Moody, R.E., &c. &c., Feby. 1863" "To accompany report of 24th November 1862"
Inset: Sketch of head of North Bentinck Arm. Scale [1:31 680].

Sketch of the route from North Bentinck Arm to Fort Alexander / by H.S. Palmer ; drawn by J. Turnbull

Photostat of original in Legal Surveys which was removed from the Odd plans series and transferred to Roads and trails, 19T2, after this print was made.
Signatures at bottom: Colonel R.C. Moody, R. Engr., Chief Commissioner of Lands & Works; H.S. Palmer, Lieutt., R. Engr, 18th Feby. 1863. "To accompany report of 24th November 1862"
Inset: Sketch of head of North Bentinck Arm.