Series GR-1170 - Land sale vouchers

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Land sale vouchers

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GR-1170

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  • 1858-1859 (Creation)
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    Vancouver Island. Office of the Surveyor General

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Originals, 0.5 cm

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(1859-1871)

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The first Surveyor General for the Colony of Vancouver Island was appointed in 1859 under the name Colonial Surveyor. Prior to that, the affairs of the colony were also the affairs of the Hudson’s Bay Company and were administered by the chief factor (James Douglas) and employees of the company. The name was changed to Surveyor General by Royal Warrant in 1861. The first Surveyor General was Joseph Despard Pemberton who was originally hired as Colonial Surveyor and Engineer for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Victoria in 1851. In 1859, when his contract with the company expired and the Hudson’s Bay Company surrendered the Colony of Vancouver Island to the British government, Pemberton was appointed as Colonial Surveyor for the colony. In 1861, Pemberton received a royal warrant from Queen Victoria naming him as Surveyor General for the Colony of Vancouver Island. He served in that position until 1864 during which time his assistant, Benjamin W. Pearse, served as Acting Surveyor General when Pemberton was absent. Pemberton resigned his post in 1864 and Pearse continued as Acting Surveyor General until 1866 when Vancouver Island was united with the Colony of British Columbia. The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General for the Colony of British Columbia was responsible for Vancouver Island from 1866 until 1871 when the Colony of British Columbia joined confederation as a province of the Dominion of Canada.

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Miscellaneous land sale vouchers, issued at Victoria, B.C. by Joseph D. Pemberton, Colonial Surveyor. 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.

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Accession number(s): GR-1170

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  • Box: 002340-0306