Series GR-0438 - Revenue receipt books

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Revenue receipt books

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GR-0438

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  • 1887-1922 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

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56 cm of textual records

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(1858-1950)

Biographical history

Prior to the establishment of the Province of British Columbia, policing in the Colony of British Columbia was the responsibility of the Chief Inspector of Police (1858-1863) or Superintendent of Police (1863-1871) and in the Colony of Vancouver Island by the Commissioner of Police (1858-1866).

In 1871, when the Colony of British Columbia joined confederation as a province of the Dominion of Canada, the police came under the authority of the Attorney-General. The reporting structure required the Superintendent of Police to report to the Attorney-General. Supervision of Police Constables throughout the province was divided between the government agent of the district and the Superintendent located at the Police Headquarters in Victoria.

The legal authority of the Superintendent of Police was not formally enshrined until the 1888 Police and Prisons Regulation Act (c.53, s.1). The position may have also been referred to as the Commissioner of Provincial Police.

The Superintendent acted as the Provincial Game Warden from 1918 to 1929 and was also the Inspector of gaols.

The British Columbia Provincial Police Force ceased to exist in 1950, when provincial policing was taken over by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Accessioned in August 1978, custody and transfer history unknown.

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The series consists of 11 volumes of revenue receipt books created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Police between 1897 and 1922.

Each volume (many identified as Form J) lists revenue receipts of monies collected by the Provincial Police and the associated payments made to the Treasury. The revenue receipts are arranged chronologically and include payments received for various licences such as liquor trade, peddler, motor vehicle and chauffeur licences, firearms, dogs, angler and other game licences. Other entries include fines, prisoner's keep and poll tax payments.

Many of the early entries are signed by Superintendent F.S. Hussey.

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Some volumes boards have come loose.

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See GR-0439 for a related series.

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Accession number(s): GR-0438

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