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Vancouver Island pre-emption records

  • GR-1014
  • Series
  • 1885-1929

This series consists of pre-emption records for Vancouver Island, including Alberni, Barclay, Clayoquot, Nootka, and Rupert Districts. Consists of Certificate of Pre-emption Books (20 vols.), arranged numerically with nominal indexes. Includes name of pre-emptors date and location of pre-emption, disposition and further transactions, with some sketches.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Pre-emption records for west coast land

  • GR-0766
  • Series
  • 1861-1886

This series consists of pre-emption records for west coast land relating largely to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The records consist of pre-emption registrations, certificates of pre-emption, pre-emption sketches, certificates that certain lands are unoccupied and open for settlement, some certificates of improvement, and correspondence.

West Coast land districts and areas these records relate to include:

Alberni District, Cedar District, Chemainus District, Comiaken District, Comox District, Cowichan District, Cranberry District, Darcy Island, Denman Island, Departure Bay, Descanos Island, Discovery Island, Englishman River, Esquimalt District, Fanny Bay, Fort Rupert, Galiano Island, Hedley Islets, Highland District, Hornby Island, James Island, Jedidiah Island, Kennedy District, Koksaila River, Kuper Island, Lake District, Lake Matheson, Lasqueti Island, Mayne Island, Metchosin District, Moresby Island, Mountain District, Mousquito Island, Mudge Island, Nanaimo District, Nanoose District, Nootka Sound, Otter District, Oyster Bay, Pender Island, Piers Island, Point Home, Portland Island, Prevost Island, Qualicum, Quamichan District, Rocky Point, Saanich Districts, Saltspring District, Samuel Island, San Juan Island, Saturna Island, Shawnigan District, Sister Bay, Somas River, Alberni, Somenos District, Sooke District, Stikeen, Stuart Island, Stubb's Island, Thetis Island, Ucluelet Arm, Victoria District, Village Point, Wellington District.

Includes pre-emption records for Cassiar, Stikine, and Queen Charlotte Islands, 1873-1874, arranged numerically. Contains one pre-emption from Osoyoos District, 1884.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Pre-emption registers

The series consists of registers of pre-emption claims to land on Vancouver Island and adjacent islands.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Epitome of land sales

The series consists of books containing land sales records for Victoria, Esquimalt, Metchosin and Sooke districts. The series may include but is not limited to, land sales registers, land sales records, lists of sections and lots, sums deposited for lands and town lots, and land sales account ledgers. The names of purchases, district, section, payment in sterling and payment dates may be recorded.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Accounting day books

The series consists of accounting day books recording the sale of country lands in Victoria District. Series includes names, receipt numbers, amount paid, and amount owing.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Land sales reports

The series consists of annual reports of land sales and pre-emption claims on Vancouver Island. Also includes land sale receipts 42-244 (part of I.170).

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Certificates of improvement

  • GR-0765
  • Series
  • 1863-1878

This series consists of certificates of improvement nos. 1-276, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Missing certificates are listed.

Certificates from before 1868 are created by the Colony of Vancouver Island Office of the Surveyor General.
Certificate from 1869-1871 are created by the Colony of British Columbia Department of Lands and Works. Certificates created after 1871 are created by the Province of British Columbia Department of Lands and Works.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

General correspondence

The series consists of correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to land sales on Vancouver Island. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Land sales registers

The series consists of registers of land sales in Victoria (1854-1858), North and South Saanich (1860), and other Vancouver Island districts (1860-1865). The series includes records of lands sold or auctioned. The lot and section number, name of grantee, number of acres, payee, and dates of payment are recorded.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Land recorders' reports

The series consists of reports of land recorders from the branch offices in Cowichan and Nanaimo District. The series includes reports, correspondence, sketches and maps. It also includes agricultural statistics, occupation records, and registration fees for Nanaimo District. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Kenneth McKenzie family personal and business papers

The McKenzie Family collection consists of the business and personal papers of Kenneth McKenzie (1811-1874), his ancestors and descendants, including correspondence, notebooks, diaries, and other papers. It documents over one hundred and fifty years of family history. The collection is divided into those records relating to Vancouver Island (Boxes 1-19) and those relating to Scotland (Boxes 20-25). The Vancouver Island papers contain correspondence and documents pertaining to Lakehill Farm, the settlement of estates, official appointments, and other family matters. They also chronicle the organization and operation of Craigflower Farm and, to a lesser extent, the other farms operated by the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company on Vancouver Island. The Scottish papers document family events, relationships and property from 1779 to 1852. Included is an extensive record of the protracted settlement of the estate of William Blair (Boxes 22-23). William Blair was the father of Janet McKenzie (Blair).

Born in Edinburgh October 5, 1811, the son of Dr. Kenneth McKenzie (1786-1844) and Janet Blair (1784-1820), Kenneth McKenzie was raised and educated in the same city. Later he moved to his father's estate of Rentonhall, Haddingtonshire, East Lothian where he managed the operations. The estate was sold in 1851 and McKenzie, his wife Agnes Russell (1823-1897) and their six children emigrated to Vancouver Island in 1853. McKenzie had been hired by the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company to oversee the establishment and operation of Craigflower Farm near Victoria. In 1866 the family, now with eight children, moved to Lakehill Farm just north of Victoria. Kenneth McKenzie died there April 10, 1874. A comprehensive biography of Kenneth McKenzie by William R. Sampson is in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, X, pp.477-479. A rough genealogy of the McKenzie Family is provided in the hardcopy version of the finding aid.

Numbers appearing at the upper left corner of documents are references to the old catalogue system and should not be used for citation.

Boxes 1-4: Kenneth McKenzie (1811-1874) and family: correspondence inward
Box 5: McKenzie, Kenneth (1846-1906): correspondence inward
Box 6: Kenneth McKenzie (1811-1874) and Kenneth McKenzie (1846-1906): correspondence outward
Box 7: Kenneth McKenzie (1811-1874): notebooks and personal papers
Box 8: McKenzie Family: notebooks, diaries, correspondence and personal papers
Box 9: McKenzie Family: material relating to Lakehill property
Boxes 10-18: Craigflower Farm
Box 19: Puget's Sound Agricultural Company
Boxes 20-25: McKenzie family: material relating to Scotland. N.B. See also box 25 for further material relating to the estate of William Blair, d.1800

Correspondence

  • GR-1169
  • Series
  • 1860-1865

This series contains letters inward and outward of J.D. Pemberton and B.W. Pearse, Colonial Surveyors. It also includes copies of correspondence with Edward Stamp and Gilbert Malcolm Sproat pertaining to purchases of lands and various agreements on lands at Alberni and Barclay Sound in regard to the establishment and operation of a sawmill and a copper mining company. Includes a map of company land holdings in the Alberni valley.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Pemberton Family (Joseph Despard, 1821-1893). Victoria.

Pemberton family items owned by Mab Aherne Pemberton Harvey, niece of Sophie Pemberton. Collection includes (1) Miller, J.R. "Dr. Miller's Year Book" (New York: Thomas Crowell and Company, 1895) a book of daily scripture readings inscribed "Sophie T. Pemberton December 13, 1904, with annotations by Sophie Pemberton ca. 1906-1914 as well as notes referring to family events dating to 1871. (2) Pemberton, Joseph D., Dairy (1885) which contains references to business and family affairs. (3) [Pemberton, J.D.] register of conveyance of land to private individuals and churches in the Anglican Diocese of Columbia (Alberni, Comox, Cowichan, Esquimalt, Nanaimo and Victoria, 1858-1866).

Correspondence regarding the settlement of Vancouver Island

The series consists of copies of correspondence, chiefly from Alexander Begg (b.1825) [British Columbia Emigration Commissioner] to the Marquis of Lothian [Secretary of State for Scotland], concerning proposed Crofter settlement on Vancouver Island. There is additional correspondence from J.H. Turner [B.C. Minister of Finance] to Chancellor of the Exchequer, along with appeals from Highland crofters interested in the settlement. The series also includes documents from the government of British Columbia and the United Kingdom re financing the settlement, British Columbia government emigration pamphlets, and tracts from the British Columbia Development Company and the Vancouver Island Development Syndicate.

There are also documents and provincial government bills dealing with the establishment of deep sea fisheries, plus newspaper clippings, parliamentary reports, and Pacific Coast Steamship Company brochures.

Records with regard to Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway belt lands

  • GR-0791
  • Series
  • 1916

This series consists of the records of the Commission of Inquiry Into Certain Claims Respecting Lands Situated Within the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Land Belt, 1916. This commission was also known as Settlers' Rights Commission. Commission records include correspondence, claims submitted by settlers to the Commission and other miscellaneous records. No report has been found.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry Into Certain Claims Respecting Lands Situated Within the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Land Belt [1916]

Records of crown grant applications

  • GR-1405
  • Series
  • ca. 1904-1928

This series contains lists of Vancouver Island settlers who made Crown grant applications under provisions of the Vancouver Island Settlers' Rights Act, 1904, and subsequent amendments. Information includes name, acreage, and legal description of lands.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land sale vouchers

  • GR-1170
  • Series
  • 1858-1859

This series includes miscellaneous land sale vouchers, issued at Victoria, B.C. by Joseph D. Pemberton, Colonial Surveyor. It includes vouchers pursuant to the sale of fur trade lands of the Hudson's Bay Company and vouchers signed by various Vancouver Island treasury clerks.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Correspondence subject index

  • GR-1164
  • Series
  • 1901-1903

This series contains a specialized volume that pertains only to correspondence relating to applications for Burnaby lots (folio 12), the Vancouver Island Settlers' Rights Act, 1903 (folio 138), and the South African War Land Grant Act, 1901 (folio 158). They includes name of correspondent and letter or file number.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Records relating to the Vancouver Island Settlers' Rights Acts, 1903 and 1904

  • GR-1090
  • Series
  • 1882-1918

Contains land records file relating to the Vancouver Island Settlers' Rights Acts, 1903 and 1904. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, legal briefs and sketches pertaining to land disputes between settlers and the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company. File 145321/12, 1912 Series.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Land registers

  • GR-2623
  • Series
  • 1855-1928

Bright, Cedar, Cranberry, Mountain, Nanoose, Nanaimo, and Wellington Land Districts, all on Vancouver Island, land registers, superceded 1928 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1928). The registers list the land in numerical order, usually by Range and Section, but occasionally by lot. There can be up to three methods of land description within one Land District. Information may include the name of purchaser, dates and number of certificate issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an index to districts by page number, and an alphabetical index to grantees.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Lot registers

  • GR-2625
  • Series
  • 1898-1942

Chemainus, Folio 1-20, Comiaken, Folio 2140, Helmcken, Folio 41-60, Dunsmuir, Folio 60, Bright, Folio 89, Malahat, Folio 130, Somenos, Folio 150, and Cowichan Lake, Folio 180, Land Districts, all on Vancouver Island, lot registers. The registers list lots within the land districts by lot numbers, recording the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an index to land districts by folio (page) number, and also an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

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