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Birch family papers

Arthur Nonus Birch (1836-1914), the son of H.W.R. Birch, was appointed clerk in the office of the secretary of state for the colonies in February 1855, served as Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's assistant private secretary in 1858, and Chichester Fortescue's private secretary from September 1859 to February 1864 when he accepted the post of colonial secretary of British Columbia. He served in that capacity and for a time as administrator of the government until 1866 when he returned to England to resume his duties in the Colonial Office. He remained with the Colonial Office, serving as acting Lieutenant Governor of Penang and Province Wellesley, colonial secretary of Ceylon and Lieutenant Governor of Ceylon, until his retirement from the service in June 1878. After his resignation from the Colonial Office Birch joined the Bank of England where he remained until retirement in 1913. Birch returned to Canada in 1907 and 1911, including a visit to British Columbia with his daughter in 1907. Birch married Josephine Watt-Russell in 1873, and one of his two sons assumed his mother's name in order to inherit the family's estate. Birch's only daughter, Una, married L.H.R. Pope Hennessy, son of Sir John Pope Hennessy, a notable colonial governor. Their son, Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, has recently been appointed Director of the British Museum.
Supplementary biographical and custodial information provided by Provincial Archivist John A. Bovey in 1992, available in Appendix A of finding aid.
The collection consists of Henry William Birch's commonplace notebook, two diaries kept by Arthur Nonus Birch pertaining to a trip to North America and his service as colonial secretary of British Columbia, correspondence with various members of the Birch family, reminiscences of life in the colonial service by Arthur Nonus Birch, and photographs. Also includes Birch family papers (additional papers on microfilm only). Copies of 34 photographs have been deposited with Visual Records, item numbers HP082429 to HP082462.

Cariboo District.

Contractor's ledger for the building of the Yale-Cariboo wagon road ,1862 [possibly Thomas Spence or J.W. Trutch]. Details of men and wages, cargo for the Cariboo, tools and cooking utensils.

Cariboo District

Design for a suburban villa, Victoria, V.I.

Includes plans and specifications of Fairfield, Sir Joseph W. Trutch's house at 601 Trutch Street, Victoria, B.C. Sheets 1-6 have inscription: Plan referred to in a certain memorandum of an agreement made and signed on the 31st day of May 1861. [Signed] John J. Mecredy, Joseph W. T.

Gilbert Malcolm Sproat papers

Series consists of a diary, 1868; correspondence, 1898-1910, with R. Gosnell, E.O.S. Scholefield and R. Mohun; oaths of office; printed vita to accompany application to be appointed Governor of British Columbia, 1869; notes and drafts on history of British Columbia, history of Alaska boundary dispute; memos on Kootenay district and immigration; miscellaneous notes and clippings.

Helmcken family papers

Papers of J.S. Helmcken and members of his family, including correspondence, 1848-1920, account books, 1871-1903, deeds, contracts, certificates, 1825-1890, medical notebooks, case books and account books, 1845-1890, notes and papers concerning the Beacon Hill Park Bowling Club, 1898-1914, rough notes and drafts for articles in newspapers, speeches, and reminiscences. Account books pertaining to the estate of Arthur Thomas Bushby, 1875-1901. Papers of Harry Dallas Helmcken, 1866-1894, and William Ralph Higgins, 1890-1903. J.S. Helmcken's confederation diary and reminiscences are also on microfilm. John Sebastian Helmcken was born in Spitalfields, London on 5 June 1824, the fourth child and eldest son of Claus Helmcken and Catherine Mittler. After attending St. George's German and English school from 1828 to 1839 Helmcken apprenticed himself to Dr. W.H. Graves as a chemist and druggist. On 2 October 1844, Helmcken registered as a student at Guy's Hospital, London, and in March 1848 was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Two months later he was serving as surgeon aboard the Malacca until, on 12 October 1849, he received an appointment from the Hudson's Bay Company as surgeon and clerk for a five year term. Helmcken arrived at Esquimalt on 24 March 1850 and was first posted to Fort Rupert before being ordered to return to Fort Victoria in December 1850. On 27 December 1852 he married Cecilia Douglas, eldest daughter of Governor James Douglas. In 1856 Helmcken was elected to represent Esquimalt and Victoria District in the Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island and served as Speaker of the Assembly until union with British Columbia in 1866. Governor Musgrave appointed Helmcken to the Executive Council of British Columbia in December 1869 while he was also serving as a member of the Legislative Council of B.C., and in the summer of 1870 he travelled to Ottawa as one of three confederation delegates from the colony. With the entry of British Columbia into Confederation in 1871, Helmcken retired from active politics. Helmcken also served as president of the Board of Directors of the Royal Hospital, remained physician to Victoria's jail until 1910, and contributed numerous articles on the early history of Vancouver Island in his later life. Dr. Helmcken died on 1 September 1920. The records include the papers of J.S. Helmcken and members of his family: correspondence, 1848-1920, account books, 1871-1903, deeds, contracts, certificates, 1825-1890, medical notebooks, casebooks and account books, 1845-1890, notes and papers concerning the Beacon Hill Park Bowling Club, 1898-1914, rough notes and drafts for articles in newspapers, speeches and reminiscences. There are also account books pertaining to the estate of Arthur Thomas Bushby, 1875-1901, and papers of Harry Dallas Helmcken, 1866-1894, and William Ralph Higgins, 1890-1903. J.S. Helmcken's Confederation diary and reminiscences are also on microfilm [A00810]. An index to the records is available as part of the hard copy finding aid kept in the reference room.

Indian lands correspondence and other material

  • GR-0504
  • Series
  • 1861-1877

This series consists of correspondence, petitions, accounts, statements of population, and reports relating to land of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia from the Department of the Provincial Secretary.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Indian Reserve Commission records

  • GR-0494
  • Series
  • 1876-1878

The records in this series consist of correspondence and reports inward to the Provincial Secretary from the Joint Indian Reserve Commission (Alexander Caulfield Anderson, Dominion Commissioner, Archibald McKinlay, Provincial Commissioner, and Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, Joint Commissioner) which was agreed to in principle by the governments of British Columbia and Canada in November, 1875, and officially established by federal orders-in-council 444 and 779 of 1876. The records include minutes of decision; census of Indian population, livestock and acreage of reserves; and two memoranda dated 1869 by J.W. Trutch regarding disputes about Indian lands in Cowichan district.

Copies of correspondence inward to the Lieutenant Governor from the Commissioners and certain correspondence with Dominion Officials is also included in the record. The records are as originally filed. In most cases, the original Provincial Secretary's file number may be seen on the first document in a file, eg., for file 3 the number is 664/76.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Ker family papers

Correspondence outward (1864, 1868) and inward (1861-1871) of Robert Ker, Colonial Auditor for Vancouver Island, with some of his commissions (1864, 1865, 1868), an indenture (1844), miscellaneous notes; correspondence of R.H.B. Ker and David Russell Kerr with General Crerar, 1944 (two letters), and of D.R. Ker with General Currie, 1917, and H. Joly de Lotbiniere, 1903 (two letters); clippings and photographs which have been transferred to Visual Records accession 198210-007. The Ker family lived in Victoria, B.C. Robert Henry Brackman Ker was an executive with a number of British Columbia business firms, including Ker and Stephenson Ltd. and Brackman-Ker Milling Company. He served on Victoria City Council, as President of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and as Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of B.C. The records include correspondence inward and outward, miscellaneous notes, clippings and photographs. Photographs transferred to Visual Records accession 198210-007. Related records in MS-0793 and Visual Records accession 198208-038, 22 albums. Additional records are also available at the City of Victoria Archives, PR 48. Biographical sketch taken from BCAUL. Source: MS Finding Aids Presented by R.H.B Ker, Victoria, 1971. Finding aid: file list.

Lieutenant-governor correspondence inward

  • GR-1711
  • Series
  • 1871

This series contains correspondence addressed to Lieutenant Governor Sir Joseph William Trutch.

British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor (1871-1876 : Trutch)

Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Pinder interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-06-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Pinder (nee Irving) recalls the early planting of broom on Vancouver Island. She talks about her grandfather, W.O. Hamley, his brother, Sir Edward Hamley; Dr. J.S. Helmcken; the Pemberton family; riding and driving horses; Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie; her father, Judge Irving; horse racing in Victoria; paper chases; and old houses and families. TRACK 2: Mrs. Pinder talks about the Pooley family; the Royal Navy; early Vancouver and the Dunsmuir family. Mr. Pinder talks about his great uncle, Sir Joseph Trutch, his father was an engineer with the C.P.R.; his father's work for Dunsmuir, and his bringing out the Confederation papers in 1871; the Fairfield estate; Point Ellice Bridge disaster; his father's survey of Port Moody; recreation in Victoria and early Vancouver. Mrs. Pinder continues with recollections about sports in Victoria; gardens; walking; winters; and Foul Bay.

Sir Joseph Trutch fonds

  • PR-0168
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1864

The fonds consists of a day book and ledger kept during the construction of Cariboo Road between Boston Bar and Chapman Bar.

Trutch, Sir Joseph William

Trutch family fonds

  • PR-2026
  • Fonds
  • 1847-1907

The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries, account books and other financial and business records of the Trutch family created between 1849 and 1907. Also included in the papers of Joseph William Trutch are records related to his various government positions. The fonds has been arranged into five sous fonds containing the records of: Trutch's mother, Charlotte Hannah (Barnes) Trutch; Joseph William Trutch; his wife, Julia Elizabeth (Hyde) Trutch; his brother John; and John's wife, Zoe Trutch. The Joseph William Trutch sous fonds is the most extensive. The Charlotte Hannah (Barnes) Trutch sous fonds consists of correspondence inward from family members. The Joseph William Trutch sous fonds consists of: a diary; pocket account books with occasional diary entries; correspondence inward, including many letters of sympathy written on the death of his wife, and other personal, business and professional matters; briefs, memos, correspondence, commissions, etc., relating to professional matters; papers relating to business investments; account books and bank books relating both to personal finances and to the construction of the Cariboo road. Charlotte and Joseph William Trutch maintained a correspondence with relatives in England, India and Victoria. Their correspondence inward series contains letters from Davey, Pinder, O'Reilly and Hare relatives and from Julia Trutch's Preston connections. Family letters from Charlotte Barnes (Trutch) Davey and her daughter, Sarah Emily (Davey) Ashley were written from Bombay, India, and describe the life of the merchant class there. The Julia Elizabeth (Hyde) Trutch sous fonds consists of one letter inward. The John Trutch sous fonds consists of correspondence from O'Reilly, Trutch and Pinder family members and financial papers.

Trutch (family)

Trutch family records

The fonds consists of correspondence, account books and other financial and business records of the Trutch family created between 1849 and 1907. Also included in the papers of Joseph William Trutch are records related to his various government positions. The fonds has been arranged into five sous fonds containing the records of: Trutch's mother, Charlotte Hannah (Barnes) Trutch, Joseph William Trutch, his wife, Julia Elizabeth (Hyde) Trutch, his brother John, and John's wife, Zoe Trutch. The Joseph William Trutch sous fonds is the most extensive. Some of these records were previously catalogued at the item level in the Old Catalogue, primarily using classification A/E/OR3, and as MS-0412 O'Reilly family, MS-0248 O'Reilly family, and MS-1184 and MS-2081, Sir Joseph William Trutch. In 2001, these records, which were in different collections, were rearranged into fonds in preparation for a microfilming project. Records that belonged to the Trutch family fonds, were separated from those belonging to the O'Reilly family fonds, Edgar Dewdney fonds, Weir family fonds, and the William Curtis Ward fonds, and are now described separately. Provenance: Letters from MS-0248, purchased from J.K. Nesbitt, Victoria, 1974. Records from MS-0412 transferred from Point Ellice Historic House, Victoria, 1975. Other records, previously part of the Old Catalogue, were received at various times from various donors. The majority of the Old Catalogue records were received from John Windham O'Reilly in 1964. Finding aid: item and reel list.