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Victoria Supreme Court letterbooks

  • GR-1827
  • Series
  • 1866-1890

Letterbooks (indexed) of correspondence outward by Registrar and Sheriff, 1866-1890. The first section of vol. 2 also serves as a letterbook of correspondence outward for the Dominion Saw Mill Co., 1884-1885. 2 vols.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Day book of expenditures and correspondence

  • GR-1029
  • Series
  • 1862-1865

This series consists of a day book of expenditures of road and bridge construction, surveys and transport, 1862-1864; goods received from grocers, Hope, B.C., 1865; correspondence and specifications relating to the construction of the Burrard Inlet road, 1864-1865.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Record book

  • GR-0714
  • Series
  • 1861-1863

This series consists of one volume of a Colony of British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice record book of cases heard at Yale, Lytton, Lillooet, Quesnel Forks, Antler Creek, Beaver Lake, Hope, Douglas, and New Westminster, from 1861-1863.

British Columbia (Colony). Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Bench book

  • GR-2086
  • Series
  • 1889-1891

Bench book for County Court civil and Supreme Court chambers cases heard at Chilliwack, 1889-1891, by Judge W.N. Bole. The volume includes records relating to cases heard at his residence in New Westminster. It also frequently includes his reasons for judgement.

British Columbia. County Court (Chilliwack)

Presentments of the Grand Jury

  • GR-2841
  • Series
  • 1880-1905

Presentments of the Grand Jury.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (New Westminster)

Custom House Returns

  • GR-2957
  • Series
  • 1859-1869

Custom House Returns. The records In this volume include: lists of articles (quantity and value) imported to British Columbia from Vancouver Island, the United States and the United Kingdom; lists of articles exported from British Columbia; shipping returns from the port of New Westminster; road tolls from Yale, Douglas and Hope; and an annual summary of customs receipts (from duties, harbour dues, head money, tonnage dues, warehouse fees, inland navigation licenses, fines, and tolls at south boundary).

British Columbia (Colony)

Lands records

  • GR-0767
  • Series
  • 1858-1863

This series consists of land records from the Colony of British Columbia Lands and Works Department, 1858-1863. Most records are related to the sale of town lots at Langley, 1858-1859, and New Westminster, 1860-1862, including records of exchanges of lots at Langley for lots at New Westminster. The series also include various other land records related to New Westminster, Douglas, Hope, Yale, Lytton and Lillooet, including pre-emptions, lot registers, accounts for sales of town and suburban lots, and lists of deeds issued.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Railway Department correspondence files

  • GR-0817
  • Series
  • 1912-1953

This series consists of incoming and outgoing general correspondence files, 1912-1953, concerning railways operating in British Columbia. Includes extensive correspondence files on the Westminster Bridge (the Fraser River railway bridge at New Westminster); the British Columbia Electric Railway; correspondence relating to common carriers and industrial railroads; legislation affecting the Railway Department, etc. Box 14, Files 1 to 28 are Minister of Railways: general [correspondence] and Box 14, Files 29 to 38 are miscellany.

British Columbia. Railway Dept.

Photographs of institutions operated by the Mental Health Services

  • GR-3419
  • Series
  • 1948-1967

The series consists of approximately 5250 black and white photographic negatives taken by Mental Health Services between 1948 and 1967. The negatives are acetate and are mostly in a 4 x 5 format with some 35 mm. There are 62 black and white prints interfiled with the negatives.

The photographs are of various British Columbia mental health institutions including the Boys Industrial School, Colony Farm, Colquitz Mental Home (Saanich), the Home for the Aged in Vernon and in Terrace, Woodlands School, Essondale (Coquitlam) and the Crease Clinic.

The photographs depict the grounds and buildings (both internal and external views) of the mental health institutions as well as photographs of construction and equipment. There are photographs of staff and patients involved in a variety of activities including medical treatments, events, ceremonies, leisure activities and other programs.

The negative files are arranged numerically in seven boxes: 1-657, 658-1004, 1005-1135, 1136-1242, 1245-1325, 1326-1409 and 1410-1499.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Customs Dept. letter book

  • GR-1733
  • Series
  • 1858-1876

The series consists of a letter book created by the Collector of Customs in the Vancouver Island Customs Dept. between 1858 and 1871 and the Canada Customs Department between 1871 and 1876. It contains copies of correspondence outward from the Customs Houses in Victoria and New Westminster. There is an index to the volume.
The Collector of Customs was based as follows:
A.C. Anderson, Victoria, July 1858 - April 1859
W. Hamley, Victoria, April 1859 - June 1859
W. Hamley, Queensborough, New Westminster, June 1859 - December 1868
W. Hamley, Victoria, January 1869 - June 1876

Vancouver Island. Customs Dept.

Photograph album : Mental Health Services

  • GR-3673
  • Series
  • [ca. 1920-1940]

The series consists of a photograph album created by the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary sometime between 1920 and 1940. The album contains 215 black and white prints of varying sizes showing the buildings, grounds and patients at the Public Hospital for the Insane at New Westminster, Essondale and Colony Farm. The photographs are captioned but not dated.

Several of the exterior shots of the buildings and grounds were taken by professional photographers and have been connected together to show panoramas. There are also exterior photos of farm activities and labour performed by patients. The majority of the photographs are of the patients themselves. These photographs illustrate various pathological types that were treated at the hospitals. They include men, women and children; shown as individuals and in groups.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Woodlands record books

  • GR-3729
  • Series
  • 1908-1974

The series consists of a variety of record books created at Woodlands School (later known simply as Woodlands) between 1908 and 1974, with the majority of the records dating from the late 1930s to the 1950s. The records relate to both staff and residents, although the majority of the records pertain to residents. Staff records include “position vacant” cards, lists of staff and the dates they joined and left Woodlands, and ledgers detailing absences and sick time for both male and female staff members. The staff lists are not comprehensive and frequently appear to provide a snapshot in time.

Records relating to patients provide evidence of the day-to-day functioning of the institution, including one- or two-sentence long hourly reports by nursing staff. Researchers should note that while specific individuals are named in the records, the records do not include case files. Some “propensity” ledgers provide alphabetical listings of patients, their admission dates and patient number, a brief one- or two-word description of why they were admitted, information about clothing, religion, and whether they left Woodlands. However, these registers do not cover the entire period of time that Woodlands operated and should not be seen as admissions registers.

The series includes a set of record books with daily shift reports that list disturbances, illnesses, numbers of residents employed in certain tasks, outings to movies and concerts, and any other noteworthy occurrences. The series contains ledgers relating to residents’ health, and other books related to their day-to-day lives. Records related to health care include those detailing medicine dosages, notes on blood pressure, and ‘doctors’ orders’ books. Records relating to daily life include notes on clothing and shoes sent to be cleaned, repaired, or discarded, numbers of residents sent to the ‘airing court’ for recreation, and records relating to the sewing and knitting done by residents. In some cases, ledgers provide assessments of the knitting skill of residents, and it appears that patients did sewing for both themselves and for staff. Records relating to shoes and clothing appear to be carbon copies of receipts issued when items were sent for repair or cleaning, and many are difficult to read. The series also includes general ward counts and statistics as well as a ward inventory listing everything from brooms to medical equipment. Some ledgers provide information on residents who were transferred to or from institutions at Essondale, Tranquille, and Colquitz.

There appear to have been three staff shifts in Woodlands, and records are often annotated with the time of the shift. Shifts ran from 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm, and 11 pm to 7 am. It is common to see annotations such as 3-11 next to a report.

Many of the ledgers were not labelled and do not have original titles on them. Titles in square brackets were supplied by the Archivist on the basis of the file list that accompanied the records when they were transferred to Archives custody. Where the assigned title does not appear adequate, a further explanatory note has been included. Explanatory notes have also been included in square brackets when the title on the ledger book was vague or potentially misleading.

Within the ledgers, the bulk of the records are organized chronologically. Some books contain indexes or are arranged alphabetically by surname, although due to the nature of the records it is more common to see chronological progressions.

Records in this series were selected for retention by staff working with the Records Management Branch in the early 1990s.

British Columbia. Dept. of Human Resources

New Westminster County Court appeals book

  • GR-0582
  • Series
  • 1877-1892

This series consists of an appeals book from the County Court of New Westminster for cases appealing decisions and convictions in lower courts, such as magistrate's and licensing courts. Also includes limited loose correspondence found in the bound volume.

British Columbia. County Court (New Westminster)

New Westminster County Court minute books

  • GR-0712
  • Series
  • 1865-1913

This series consists of New Westminster County Court minute books, June 1865 - April 1873; June 1904 - Feb. 1913; docket, May 1888 - Dec. 1889.

British Columbia. County Court (New Westminster)

Commission on the Provincial Gaol at New Westminster (1901)

  • GR-0728
  • Series
  • 1901

This series consists of the records of the Commission on the Provincial Gaol at New Westminster, 1901. Records include transcripts of evidence, notes of testimony, report and exhibits.

British Columbia. Commission on the Provincial Gaol at New Westminster (1901)

Commission on Police Administration in New Westminster (1942)

  • GR-0910
  • Series
  • 1942

This series consists of records of the Commission on Police Administration of the Corporation of the City of New Westminster, 1942. Unit consists of correspondence, transcript of proceedings, exhibits and report.

British Columbia. Commission on Police Administration of the Corporation of the City of New Westminster [1942]


  • GR-1310
  • Series
  • 1867-1868

This series contains correspondence between Messrs. Wm. Cochrane, H.M. Ball, W.R. Spalding, John Bowron, and Acting Postmaster General A.T. Bushby, concerning the establishment and operation of postal services between New Westminster and the Cariboo. The series also contains mail contracts drawn up between Bushby and Peter O'Toole and Stipendiary Magistrate Chartres Brew and H.R.H. Adamson.

British Columbia (Colony). Post Office Dept.

Education Branch correspondence.

  • GR-1709
  • Series
  • 1871-1889

This series includes a suggested draft for the 1872 Public Schools Act by Thomas Nicholson (1871), correspondence regarding the school at Burton's Prairie (1882) and correspondence regarding a request for an additional teacher at New Westminster High School (1889).

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

New Westminster Supreme Court orders

  • GR-2749
  • Series
  • 1945-1947

Supreme Court orders. New Westminster orders are also found in GR-1606, GR-1806 and GR-2018.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (New Westminster)

Assize calendars from various locations

  • GR-1926
  • Series
  • 1870-1965

Criminal assize calendars for Victoria. Also includes criminal assize calendars for Yale, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Clinton, Richfield, Kamloops, Quesnellemouth, Cassiar, Laketon, Glenora and Lytton, 1870s.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Bankruptcy record books

  • GR-2105
  • Series
  • 1923-1953

Record books maintained by the Official Receiver for proceedings under the Bankruptcy Act. Bankruptcy case files can be found in GR-2401.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

New Westminster Supreme Court orders

  • GR-2018
  • Series
  • 1940-1945

This series contains New Westminster Supreme Court orders. [New Westminster orders are also found in GR-1606, GR-1806 and GR-2749]

British Columbia. Supreme Court (New Westminster)

New Westminster County Court judgements

  • GR-1687
  • Series
  • 1892 -1948

This series contains New Westminster County Court Judgments covering the period 1892-1948. There is an index at the beginning of each volume.

British Columbia. County Court (New Westminster)

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