Fonds PR-0319 - Rithet family fonds

Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, Chief Justice [Above the Gorge.] Ross Bay District Prior To The Establishment Of The Cemetery Mount Baker, from below Smess [?], Fraser's R., June 1848 [Mount Baker] New Westminster. New Westminster, BC: Government House Hope, BC. [Lake Or Inlet Seen Through Trees, Snow-Capped Mountains In The Distance] [Forest Pond] [Snow Scene] [Sunlit Glade]

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Rithet family fonds

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  • 1860-1944 (Creation)
    Rithet (family)

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58.5 cm of textual records and other material

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Robert Paterson Rithet was born in Applegarth, Scotland on 22 April 1844. After training in a merchant's office in Liverpool he emigrated and arrived in Victoria in 1862, where he established a wholesale grocery business. R.P. Rithet and Company, importers and commission merchants, was founded in September 1871. Rithet's shipping and commercial interests resulted in the formation of the Victoria Wharf and Warehouse Company for the purpose of constructing the Outer Docks. Rithet and Company had extensive insurance and business connections, including Welch and Company of San Francisco, and California and Hawaii Sugar Refining Company. Rithet himself was a principal promoter of the British Pacific Railway Company, a shareholder in Canadian Pacific Navigation Company, and maintained large farms in Victoria and Delta. He was also an active president of the Victoria Board of Trade, Mayor of Victoria (1885-1886), and member of the legislative assembly representing Victoria (1894-1898).

In 1875 Rithet married Elizabeth Jane Hannah Munro, daughter of Alexander Munro, an accountant and employee of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, and later manager of the Hudson's Bay Company in British Columbia. His son, William John Munro, was a teamster. R.P. Rithet died in 1919. His wife, Elizabeth Rithet, died in 1952.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and letterbooks of R.P. Rithet, Elizabeth (Munro) Rithet, John Rithet, W.J. Munro, 1868-1915; notebooks and papers of various members of the Rithet family; ledgers and cashbooks of Welch, Rithet and Company, 1863-1879 with sundry time sheets, 1944; indentures, 1860-1897; sealing captains' assignments with R.P. Rithet and Company concerning indebtedness and bills of sale of various schooners.

Also includes various paintings and drawings.

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Conservation restriction: use microfilm A00995(2) for records in boxes 2 and 3.

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Archives code(s): MS-0504; PDP02153; PDP02148; PDP01236; PDP00190; PDP00192; PDP00193; PDP03638; PDP01642; PDP01644; PDP01643; PDP00173; PDP02147; PDP02149; PDP00191; PDP02151

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Accession number(s): MS-0504; 74A-113; 74A-477; 197912-054; 198009-012; 198207-001

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Includes: 343 photographs, 1 map, and 15 paintings.

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