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Bruce Flanagan fonds

  • PR-2368
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1987

The fonds consists of 161 35 mm colour slides and four large slides predominantly depicting logging camps and equipment in British Columbia, between 1969-1987. The logging camps and locations captured in the slides are: Port McNeill, Rayonier Logging Camp; Jeune Landing, Port Alice; Denham Bay Logging Camp; and Nimpkish Logging Camp.

There are also slides depicting Vancouver, the construction of BC Place in 1982-1983, and Ladysmith.

Flanagan, Bruce

William Law Ogilby fonds

  • PR-2208
  • Fonds
  • 1892

The fonds consists of an illustrated diary written in a school exercise book of William Law Ogilby's experience as a chainman on a survey of a portion of the western boundary of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Belt on Vancouver Island. A photograph, presumed to have been taken on the survey, depicts Ogilby and two other men at their camp at an unidentified location.

Ogilby, William Law

David C. Lew fonds

  • PR-1638
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1910

The fonds consists of Lew's letterbook, containing correspondence of his firm and of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Lew, David C.

Clara Graham fonds

  • PR-1632
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1941

The fonds consists of Graham's correspondence regarding the history of the Kootenay region, including letters from Reverend Nicholas Coccola.

Graham, Clara, b. 1888

Matilda John fonds

  • PR-1615
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1900

The fonds consists of correspondence received by Matilda John in Victoria from Harold Penn Wilson between 1899 and 1900. Wilson, a bank clerk from Victoria, moved to Bennett in 1899, and Atlin in 1900. In the letters, he described the journey north and what it was like to live and work there.

John, Matilda

J.F. Prowse fonds

  • PR-1522
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1853 [Photographed 1965]

The fonds consists of photographic extracts from a log kept by Midshipman James Ferris Prowse whilst aboard the H.M.S. Thetis under Captain Augustus L. Kuper. There are 90 negatives (2 negatives per page) and 42 print copies.

The printed extracts are those which have any mention of any place or point near Vancouver Island or Queen Charlotte's Island (Haida Gwaii), or of any item which might be of interest. These items are marked in red pen on the right hard edge of the photographic prints. The period covered is from the arrival of the ship outside the straits of San Juan de Fuca on May 22, 1852 to the time it sailed from Esquimalt Harbour for England on January 22, 1853.

Prowse, J.F.

William Sutton fonds

  • PR-0202
  • Fonds
  • 1933

The fonds consists of Sutton's photographs of views of scenery on Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands, and the interior of B.C.

Sutton, William

Private and independent school statistics

  • GR-4073
  • Series
  • 1964-1979

This series consists of statistical information related to private and independent school enrollment and curriculum for the years 1964-1979. Some statistics were collected for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics and Statistics Canada. Information relates to student demographics, teachers, length of instructional time, and subjects offered.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Waddington massacre : minutes of the evidence

  • GR-3948
  • Series
  • 1864

This series consists of one volume titled “Waddington Massacre : Minutes of the Evidence” related to the Tsilhqot'in War, also historically referred to as the Chilcotin uprising and Bute Inlet massacre. The notebook is mostly blank but was used to record several kinds of information, including: diary entries; draft letters; transcriptions of hearings and statements; sketches and diagrams; accounting information relating to expenditures; and an unrelated County Court schedule for 1868.

The diary entries cover the period June 6 to July 12, 1864. The creator is unclear, but it may have been written by William George Cox, Gold Commissioner and Magistrate for the Cariboo region, or someone in the group of men who travelled with him from Alexandria in an attempt to apprehend the Indigenous men allegedly involved in the deaths of several settlers. This group was referred to as the Alexandria expedition. This estimation is based on the events and dates in the diary and their similarity to Cox’s expedition as described in related colonial despatches. The expedition resulted in the arrest and execution of six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs.

The notebook also includes several sworn statements from witnesses related to events of the Tsilhqot'in War.

British Columbia (Colony)

Nanaimo coroner's record book

  • GR-2935
  • Series
  • 1866-1905

Series consists of a Nanaimo coroner's office record book for 1866-1905. Inquest (inquisition) entries can include: name of the deceased, cause of death, date of death, date of inquest, name of the coroner, names of the jurors, and the name of the medical officer. Accidental or unusual deaths, some of which may have been the subject of inquiries, are also listed. There is also a loose list of accidental deaths in the Nanaimo district prior to 1866.

Entries are arranged chronologically.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Hope townsite lot register

  • GR-2638
  • Series
  • 1859-1862

This series consists of Yale Division of Yale Land District subdivision lot registers for the Hope townsite from 1859-1862. The records are arranged numerically by block and lot number and record the alienation of land from the Crown by purchase. Information may include name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued, and dates and amounts of payments.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Douglas Land District land register

  • GR-2632
  • Series
  • 1864-1865

This series consists of a Douglas Land District land register from Range 1, Section 1 to Range 8, Section 20 on Vancouver Island. Entries date from 1864-1865. The registers record the land in numerical order and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, preemption, 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 alphabetical name index.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Official Administrator letterbook

  • GR-1821
  • Series
  • 1890-1895

Letterbook of correspondence outward from Official Administrator, J.C. Prevost, 1890-1895.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

File disposition list

  • GR-1225
  • Series
  • 1982

The series consists of a photocopied file list of "O" series (O files) correspondence files, showing disposition of files. It was created by the Surveys and Land Records Branch in 1982 from a computer print-out.

It includes references indicating the following:(1) files still active with the Survey and Land Records Branch (2) files microfilmed (3) files in the Provincial Archives (4) files sent to a Regional Office of the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing (5) Ministry of Forests files, partially renumbered to Forests filing system (6) Water Management Branch administration files and water rights applications (7) Parks Branch files renumbered to Parks Branch filing system (8) old Coal and Natural Gas files.

British Columbia. Surveys and Land Records Branch


  • GR-1183
  • Series
  • 1918

The series contains a letterbook of correspondence outward, dating from 7 January 1918 to 21 January 1918 (1 vol.). The book includes letters of the Chief Forester, the Deputy Minister of Lands, and the departmental accountant. Included with the records is a nominal index.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

File check list of Lands correspondence

  • GR-0991
  • Series
  • 1981

The series consists of a copy of a 1981 file check list to Lands correspondence "O" files (or O series) 1918 to 1970, created by the Surveys and Land Records Branch.

The checklist lists O file numbers 1 to 40,000, arranged numerically. Inactive files, which were transferred to the BC Archives in 1980 and 1981 and returned to Crown Land Registry in 1997, have been annotated in the list with an original box number.

Use this list to determine whether a Lands "O" file is in the custody of the Crown Land Registry by finding the file number in the list and checking to see if there is an annotation next to it. If there is, contact Crown Land Registry for access.
If no annotation appears, check the file disposition list (GR-1225) for further information about other possible locations of files. Files may have been microfilmed, been transferred to another ministry or may have remained active with Crown Land Registry all along.

British Columbia. Surveys and Land Records Branch

Hope and Yale District lands records

  • GR-0986
  • Series
  • 1861

This series consists of miscellaneous land records. Includes register of deeds for towns of Hope and Yale to Feb. 1861; various pre-emption claims for Yale District, April - May 1861.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners

  • GR-0784
  • Series
  • 1910

This series consists of records of the Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners, 1910. Commissioner Peter S. Lampman was appointed March 24, 1910 to inquire into the actions of the Victoria Police commissioners in response to allegations of corruption. The investigation centered on the actions of the Police Commissioners in regard to bawdy houses and gambling establishments in the Chinatown area.

British Columbia. Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners (1910)

Provincial Secretary letterpress book

  • GR-0628
  • Series
  • 1889-1902

The series consists of a bound letterpress book created by the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary between 1889 and 1902. The book is indexed alphabetically by name of correspondent and includes copies of the Provincial Secretary's statements and correspondence. The subjects covered include statements of revenue collectors, statements of bonds deposited, permits to gather or kill game, immigration matters, lists of stipendiary magistrates, exhumation orders and other subjects that fell under the responsibility of the Provincial Secretary.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Letterbook of Constable R.B. Halhed and notes

  • GR-0398
  • Series
  • 1899-1903; 1912

Letter book of Constable R.B. Halhed, 11 July 1899 - 9 March 1903 (bound volume); correspondence inward and notes, 1912, re Chemainus lock up (folder).

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Chemainus)

Lands and Works Department letter book

  • C/AA/30.7J/4
  • Series
  • 1864-1866

The series is an indexed letter book kept by the Lands and Works Department from 1864 to 1868. The first part of the book is an alphabetical index which lists the correspondence by subject or name and the page number for that particular letter. From pages 25 to 588, there are letter book copies of correspondence outward from Acting Surveyor General B.W. Pearse to various colonial officials, along with follow up notes and memos and copies of some correspondence inward. The correspondence covers all matters to do with lands and public works.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General

Surveyor General correspondence

  • C/AA/30.71K/1
  • Series
  • 1852-1866

The series is a correspondence record book originally kept by the Surveyor General of the Colony of Vancouver Island, J.D. Pemberton, from 1852 to 1864. The record book was then kept by Acting Surveyor General B.W. Pearse, from 1864 to 1868 both for the Colony of Vancouver Island and the United Colony of

The volume contains copies of correspondence from Hudson's Bay Company House in London to Colonial Surveyor J.D. Pemberton and Governor James Douglas, as well as individual letters from Douglas and other Colonial officials to Pemberton and Pearse bound into the book. There are also lists of reports issued by Pemberton and extracts from minutes of council regarding regulations for the sale of land, letters and papers regarding the Race Rocks lighthouse, and correspondence relating to the Union of the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

Vancouver Island (Colony). Office of the Surveyor General