Fonds PR-2388 - Joseph Johnson Southgate fonds

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Joseph Johnson Southgate fonds

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  • 1876-1886 (Creation)
    Southgate, Joseph Johnson

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3 cm textual records

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(ca. 1820-1894)

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Joseph Johnson Southgate was born in London, England and came to the colony of Vancouver Island in 1858, arriving in Victoria from San Francisco where he had worked as a merchant. He initially co-owned a store at the corner of Yates and Langley street but later operated "J.J. Southgate and Co" on Wharf street. In 1869, Southgate, along with friend Horace Lascelles, commissioned a building at 1102 Government Street.

Between 1861 and 1865, Southgate served as a member of the Legislative Assembly and represented at various times Esquimalt, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo. Following the merger of the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island in 1866, Southgate served as the representative for Nanaimo.

Southgate returned to England died at "Esquimalt Villa" in England in 1894.

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The fonds consists of agreements and correspondence relating to Southgate's properties and business activities in Victoria between 1876 and 1886.

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Records with identifier E/C/So8 were originally filed in the Archives' Old Manuscript Collection. Records in MS-3385 were found loose in accession G88-135.


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Archives code(s) : E/C/So8, G88-135

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  • Box: 002340-1021