Series GR-3348 - Land registers

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Land registers

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  • 1861-1909 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

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56 cm of textual records

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The Dept. of Lands was established in 1908 (Department of Lands Act, SBC 1908, c. 31). Before 1908 the agencies responsible for the functions of the Dept. of Lands: (1) the Dept. of Lands and Works (Crown lands management, sales, pre-emptions and leases, lands surveying and mapping, timber inspection, forest protection and log scaling), and (2) the Dept. of Mines (water rights in regards to mining operations).

The Dept. of Lands, headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands, was given responsibility for public lands and water rights, and all matters connected therewith. (SBC 1908, c. 31, s. 5). These responsibilities included: (1) the management of all public lands, as per the Land Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 113); (2) administration of water rights, as per the Water Clauses Consolidation Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 191) [in 1892 by means of the Water Privileges Act (SBC 1892, c. 47), the government had reserved to itself the right to manage all water resources in the province that were unreserved and un-appropriated as of April 23, 1892]; and (3) land settlement programs for returned soldiers.

In 1909, the enactment of the Water Act (SBC 1909, c. 48) resulted in the creation of the Water Rights Branch of the Dept. of Lands, under the management of the Chief Water Commissioner (re-named Comptroller of Water Rights in 1912). This legislation also resulted in the creation of Water Districts under the management of District Engineers, who would be responsible for management in the field of the Branch’s responsibilities.

In 1911, the Timber Department, including Timber Inspectors, forest protection services and log scaling operations, was transferred from the Dept. of Public Works to the Dept. of Lands. In 1912, the management of timber resources was formally added to the department’s responsibilities with the enactment of the Forest Act (SBC 1912, c. 17). To accommodate these new responsibilities, the Forest Branch, under the Chief Forester, was created in the Dept. of Lands. In 1945, the Dept. of Lands was renamed the Dept. of Lands and Forests (Department of Lands Act Amendment Act, SBC 1945, c. 45).

Custodial history

The records in this series were transferred in about 1975 to the BC Archives from a temporary government records warehouse on Herald Street, Victoria. They were accessioned with GR-1069 in 1982.

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Series consists of land registers registering when land was transferred from the Crown to private ownership. Series includes both township registers and district lot registers. Data elements include the legal description, how the lot was acquired the name of the indiviaula acquiring the property, terms of papyment, the date acquired, and the date of the Gazette notice.

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Archives code(s): Call numbers, dates and microfilm reel numbers (when applicable) of records in this fonds are: GR-1069, II.122 [textual records] [18-?]
GR-1069, II.149D [textual records] 1861-1900
GR-1069, II.149A [textual records] 1863-1900
GR-1069, II.149B [textual records] 1863-1904
GR-1069, I.106 [textual records] 1873-1887
GR-1069, I.118 [textual records] 1873-1897
GR-1069, II.149F [textual records] 1875-1909
GR-1069, II.121 [textual records] 1877-1893
GR-1069, II.149E [textual records] 1881-1895
GR-1069, II.149C [textual records] 1882-1910
GR-1069, II.91 [textual records] 1883-1886
GR-1069, I.4 [textual records] 1883-1896
GR-1069, II.132 [textual records] 1883-1898
GR-1069, I.132 [textual records] 1883-1898
GR-1069, II.131 [textual records] 1883-1907
GR-1069, I.158 [textual records] 1886-1887
GR-1069, I.42 [textual records] 1888-1892
GR-1069, II.157 [textual records] 1890-1907
GR-1069, II.158 [textual records] 1903-1909
GR-1069, II.156 [textual records] 1908-1909
GR-1069, II.156 [textual records] 1908-1909

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Accession number(s): GR-1069

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