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Saanich Prison Farm records
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- Saanich Prison Farm
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Originals, 80 cm; microfilm (neg.), 1914-1917, 35 mm, 3 reels [B16172-B16173, B11361(1)]
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The Saanich Prison Farm on Wilkinson Road, funded by the Attorney-General's Department, was opened September 12, 1914 [1913?] to house male prisoners doing hard labour on Vancouver Island. It operated from 1914 until 20 November 1917. In 1919, Mental Health Services assumed jurisdiction of the Saanich Prison Farm and renamed the Provincial Mental Home, Colquitz, B.C. (or Colquitz Mental Hospital). The facility was re-established as the Wilkinson Road jail (or Vancouver Island Unit) in 1964. It was expanded and updated through the years and renamed Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre.
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The Saanich Prison Farm on Wilkinson Road, funded by the Attorney-General's Department, was opened September 12, 1914 to house male prisoners doing hard labour on Vancouver Island. It operated from 1914 until 20 November 1917. In 1919 it reopened as a Mental Home for the "male criminally insane". GR-0306 contains records documenting the admission and discharge of prisoners, their daily activities and medical needs; account books for the running of the gaol; time books for the guards and gaolers; and a letterpress book of correspondence outward from the warden, J. Munro. Related records: GR-0310 and GR-0349.
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Transferred from Dept. of Attorney General.
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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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See GR-2883 for additional records. See also GR-310.
Accession number(s): GR-0306