Series GR-0443 - Lieutenant Governor's records

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Lieutenant Governor's records

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  • 1871-1936 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor

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Originals, 8 m; microfilm (neg.), 1896-1919, 35 mm, 6 reels [B02040-B02046]

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Established July 20, 1871.

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Papers of the Lieutenant-Governors of British Columbia. Includes transcripts of telegrams between Victoria and Ottawa, letterbook copies of official despatches outward (1871-1881), despatches inward from Governor General, Secretary of State, and Senior Naval Officer, Esquimalt (1871-1918), along with official correspondence from British Columbia government ministries and departments (1874-1919). Also includes miscellaneous, general, and semi- official correspondence inward, addresses, petitions, and memorials, (1872-1936). Letterbook copies of official correspondence outward (1896-1919) are on microfilm. Volume 5 (Feb - Dec 1902) and Volume 17 (1915) missing at the time of filming. Several of the registers and letterbooks incorporated with this record group were transferred from Cary Castle to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in 1897, two years before the Lieutenant Governor's official residence burned to the ground. The rest of the material herein was transferred to the Archives in 1957, after Government House was again destroyed by fire. The two fires account for the charred documents, the "missing" despatches and the gaps in the correspondence inward files. Date ranges correspond to the microfilm box labels. Correspondence Inward: Despatches from Canada. Secretary of State for the Provinces. Official correspondence from the Dominion of Canada to the Province of British Columbia. Files include minutes and reports of Privy Council, memoranda from the Colonial Secretary (London), and other government correspondence relating to British Columbia. Miscellaneous correspondence inward. Variously entitled "All & Sundry", and "Tout le Monde", files include communications from Colonial Secretary (London) federal and provincial government officials, British consulates and embassies, and Lieutenant Governors of other provinces. Correspondence also includes petitions, memorials, and addresses, letters from private persons and circulars. General Correspondence inward (I) Unlike volumes 58-65 above, general correspondence files include official despatches from Secretary of State, Ottawa, with official communications from BC government ministries and departments. Files include replies to correspondents. General Correspondence (II) - Subject Files

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Transferred from Government House, 1957.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number(s): 74A-714; 88-0340; 74A-761; 74A-762

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