Murder--British Columbia



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Artie Phair interview

CALL NUMBER: T0360:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Art H. Phair discusses his background; in that he was born in 1880, details of his father's work, his experience at private school in Victoria, the story of the Golden Cache Mine swindle of 1886-98. He describes the early history of Lillooet from 1856, the gold rush of 1858, Chinese miners around Lillooet in the 1880s, pre-war land boom and economic cycles in Lillooet.

TRACK 2: Phair discusses Indian life prior to European contact, strained White-Indian relations, bad relations between Indians, the Poole murder at Pemberton Meadows, murders and hangings, more on Lillooet Indians, Lillooet as a "melting pot" of many races, and the Chinese in Lillooet after 1884.

CALL NUMBER: T0360:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Phair offers anecdotes about Indians and Chinese people, more about his own childhood experiences at school in Victoria, adventures and "close calls", hunting and prospecting, tobacco growing near Lillooet, the meaning of the word "Lillooet", early farmers between Lillooet and Pavilion, gold panning as a young boy, his family background, the red light district in Lillooet and the flourishing of Lillooet between 1858 and 1864.

TRACK 2: Phair comments more on the Chinese in the area, he describes how his store was a social center, how it was robbed, Indians in the store, and the start of big game hunting in Lillooet after 1884. Phair describes the Pemberton to Lillooet road, his family's relations with Indians, the John Bull murder, old settlements near Lillooet, crossing the Fraser River at Lillooet, how his mother was a musician, uncle was a poet, an incident about a priest who alleged to have beaten an Indian woman, and finally his father's background.

Conditional pardon

The item is a conditional pardon issued by the Governor General of Canada, Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood in 1872. The pardon is in favour of Sabassa and Thraket, two Indigenous men convicted of piracy and attempted murder near Metlakatla, 1862.

Coroner's inquiries/inquests

  • GR-0431
  • Series
  • 1865-1937

Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia and selected by archives staff for retention in their original formats. Most, if not all, of these Inquests also occur in GR-1327 and GR-1328.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Dorothy and Ted Abraham interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Reminiscence of Tofino and area PERIOD COVERED: 1910-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: Dorothy and Ted Abraham interviewed by Bob Bossin, 1978. Subjects include Tofino, Fred Tibbs, settling on Vargas Island, the British-Israel Association, the Leach murder trial.;

Frank and Lilly Broughton interview

CALL NUMBER: T1279:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Frank Broughton : law and order in the Bella Coola Valley PERIOD COVERED: 1907-1913 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1966-08-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Frank Broughton begins with a detailed story about a murder case from when he worked as a Police officer in Clinton including details about the chase and prosecution of Paul Spinklum who killed Alec Kindness and the Chinese cook who was a witness. Then he discusses his arrival in BC in 1907, how he joined the Police force in 1911, his impressions of Bella Coola including, anecdotes such a;s experiences with a bear and with a missionary named Gibson, the arrest of George Wilson and Stikine Joe for murder in 1913, and he begins to discuss the legendary Indian man named Capoose. TRACK 2: Frank Broughton continues with more on Capoose, an account of a thief who stole 200 dollars, more details about how he joined the Police in 1911, the jail is described, the arrest of opium smokers, t;he fur trade, more on Capoose and Indian Chiefs.

CALL NUMBER: T1279:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Frank and Lilly Joshephine Broughton recall life in Bella Coola PERIOD COVERED: 1902-1921 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1966-08-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Lilly Josephine Broughton describes her family and her father Esten Gordon, her grandfather Jacob Nygaard, her impressions of Bella Coola, her impressions of Ralph Edwards, meeting her future; husband Frank Broughton, Capoose, Squinas, and John Clayton's Hudson's Bay store. Then Frank Broughton adds comments about the HBC store, the Clayton family, a story of Humpback Johnny and his gold, ;a story of Charlie Tucker and his ruined suit, and Indian drinking.

Heritage theatre : The Janet Smith case

SUMMARY: "Heritage Theatre" was a series of short historical plays set in the Vancouver environs. These vignettes illustrate some of the significant events and interesting episodes from Vancouver's earliest ti;mes. First broadcast in 1977, the plays were made in co-operation with the Social Planning Department of the City of Vancouver. This series was broadcast during the summer of 1981. This episode, "The ;Janet Smith Case" by Joe Wiesenfeld, recalls the famous murder case dating back to 1924.;


  • GR-1504
  • Series
  • 1938-1970 (1972)

This series contains inquiries conducted by coroners in British Columbia, except for Vancouver, from 1938 to 1965; and for the entire province, including Vancouver, from 1966-1970 (1972). These are known as file C81-4, which continues from files C49-1 and C159 in GR-1323 (Attorney General correspondence). The inquiry reports are arranged alphabetically by community.

These are known as file C-81-4, which continues from files C-49-1 and C-159 in GR-1323 (Attorney General correspondence). See GR-1323 for an explanation of the filing system and for some of the earlier coroner's records. Please also note that a large number of inquiries for ca.1955 to ca.1965 may be found in GR-1726 (Attorney General Correspondence), including the inquiry and correspondence relating to the December 1956 air crash of a Trans Canada Airlines flight into Mount Slesse. This C81-4 file may be found in GR-1726, Reel B07674.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Inquiries conducted by coroners in Vancouver

  • GR-1503
  • Series
  • 1938-1965

This series contains inquiries conducted by coroners in Vancouver from 1938-1965. This series continues from files C49-1 and C159 in GR-1323 (Attorney General correspondence). There may be some inquisitions/inquests from Vancouver mixed in with the inquiries.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General


  • GR-1328
  • Series
  • 1859-1871

This series includes inquisitions (inquests) conducted during the colonial period, including the following:

Vancouver Island (Colony), 1859 - 18 Nov 1866
British Columbia (Colony), 1859 - 18 Nov 1866
British Columbia (United Colony), 19 Nov 1866 - 20 Jul 1871

The files usually contain an inquisition form, which indicates the name of the deceased, the coroner's name, where the inquest was held, the date, names of the members of the coroner's jury and the cause of death.

These inquests were filed in the Colonial Correspondence under the name of the coroner or person conducting them. The indexing was incomplete and only those inquests held by persons whose last name begins with letters from A-M have been listed. It is not known whether this section of listings is complete.

To locate unindexed colonial inquests, researchers should look under the heading "deaths" in the index to miscellaneous correspondence inwards to the British Columbia Colonial Secretary, 1858-1863 (C/AB/30.lKl/l). Letters to which the index refers will be found in the Colonial Correspondence under the name of the author of the letter. Researchers should also look, in indexes under the names if the Gold Commissioners, since they acted as coroners. Indexes of correspondence inward to the Colonial Secretary should be checked generally for references to deaths.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners

  • GR-1502
  • Series
  • 1938-1967

This series contains inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia for the period 1938-1967.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners

  • GR-1327
  • Series
  • [1862], 1872-1937

This series contains inquisitions and inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia [1862], 1872-1937. To obtain the inquest number for inquests on reels B02374 to B02445, consult the contemporary indexes and registers. For indexes and registers see GR-0432.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Registers and indexes to coroner's inquiries/inquests

  • GR-0432
  • Series
  • 1874-1937

This series consists of registers and indexes to coroners' inquiries and inquests, 1874-1937. In the registers (1889-1937), names are listed chronologically by year. In the indexes (1879-1937), names are arranged alphabetically by year.

Coroners' inquiries and inquests that are registered and indexed in this accession are held in GR-1327 and GR-1323.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Shack at Lesser Slave Lake where the American, [Charles] King, was arrested by the Mounted Police

Item consists of a photograph of a small house with a family standing in the doorway. Cameron's caption on the verso reads: "Shack at Lesser Slave Lake, where the American, [Charles] King, was arrested by the Mounted Police, and subsequently convicted of the murder of his companion, Hayward, an Englishman. The case took 11 months to work up and cost the Canadian government $30,000 - 40 Indian witnesses were brought 250 miles to testify. Murderer was finally hanged."

The photograph is accompanied by a textual document (also assigned HP024554), which expands on what was written in the caption.

T. Alex Bulman interview

CALL NUMBER: T0665:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Bullman discusses his father, who came to Canada from England in 1886 and worked on the Cherry Creek ranch; worked for John Hall and then worked with his brother in the Northern Nicola Valley. His father was a cattleman and a horse trader. He shipped horses from the Nicola Valley to Vancouver and sold them there. In 1908, he bought the Willow Ranch from John Peterson, then bought another 20,000 acres and kept expanding. By the time he died in 1935, he controlled over 40,000 acres. Several anecdotes are told about cattle; the railroad; hotels; stage lines; the Willow Ranch; the trip to Merritt; the Brigade trails; trade with Indians; the Hope trail, a man named Cootley; Joe Graves; Dave Lindley. TRACK 2: Mr. Bulman continues discussing saddle horses; gold rush days; cattle drives; the use of horses; how his father got into raising horses at the time of WWI; saddles; the cattle business; donkeys; migrant workers; and cowboys.

CALL NUMBER: T0665:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Bulman discusses a gunfight involving Ussher, Palmer, McLeod and McLean. Allan McLean and his gang killed Ussher and made their way out to Trap Lake. He talks about the Woodward family; more on the posse and gunfight; and Bill Miner. [TRACK 2: blank.]

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