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Records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Yale District
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- British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works
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14 cm of textual records
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The Dept. of Lands and Works was established in 1871 under the Constitution Act (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, the origins of the department were in the offices of the Surveyor General for the Colony of Vancouver Island (1859-1866) and the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General for the Colony of British Columbia (1859-1871).
The mandate of the department was to grant permission for the pre-emption of unoccupied, unsurveyed, and unreserved Crown lands, issue Crown grants and grant leases of Crown lands, oversee all survey and map functions, and construct and repair roads, bridges and buildings for public services. It was also responsible for promoting immigration. The Dept. of Lands and Works was headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General.
By 1899, the department was organized into two branches: Lands Branch and Works Branch. In 1908 the Dept. of Lands and Works was disestablished with an amendment to the Constitution Act (SBC 1908, c. 12). Its functions were assigned to two new departments: the Dept. of Lands (SBC 1908, c. 31) and the Dept. of Public Works (SBC 1908, c. 41).
Scope and content
This series consists of the records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Yale District, 1859-1886. Records include five volumes of pre-emption records. Volume 1, nos. 1-392 (1859-1872); Volume 2, nos. 275-312 and 1-24 (1870-1871); Volume 3, nos. 25-279 (1871-1884); Volume 4, certificates of record of unsurveyed land, nos. 250-294 (1874-1885); Volume 5, certificates of record of unsurveyed land, nos. 292-295 (1883-1886). Volumes 1 and 4 have nominal indexes.
Pages 1-11 and pages 20-141 of the nominal index in Volume 1 are missing.
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History unknown. Records accessioned as GR-0826 in August 1980.
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Accession number(s): GR-0826
This series was previously described by the BC Archives under the title "records of the Assistant Commissioner"
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- Berkeley, William Christopher (Subject)
- British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Yale) (Subject)
- Bushby, Arthur Thomas, 1835-1875 (Subject)
- O'Reilly, Peter John, 1827-1905 (Subject)
- Teague, William, 1835-1916 (Subject)
- British Columbia. Government Agent (Yale, B.C.) (Subject)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works (Subject)