Series GR-3639 - Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands crop reports

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Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands crop reports

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  • 1914-1965, predominant 1926-1965 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Horticultural Branch

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64 cm of textual records and 2 b&w photographs

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Established by departmental reorganization, 1930.

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The records are government records from the Horticulture Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture. These records had been alienated from government when Alan Littler (District Horticulturalist for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands) presumably removed them from his office upon retirement. The records were donated to the BC Archives in 2012 by Norma Leask, daughter of Alan Littler.

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The series consists predominantly of fruit and vegetable crop reports and figures for District I, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, for the years 1926-1955. Other records included in this series relate to crop production and climate on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Also included in this series is a partial run of the annual Department of Agriculture publication “The Climate of British Columbia” (1924-1945). Some records also document the involvement of the Chinese community in the operation of greenhouses and market gardens.

Some of these records were created by Alan Littler, who served as District Horticulturalist for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands (District I) between 1952-1971 (from 1971-1981 he served as Supervising Horticulturalist for the Coast). However, the majority of the files were created by Littler’s predecessor, E.H. White, who also served as District Horticulturalist for District I. The District Horticulturalist for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands was responsible for monitoring and reporting on fruit and vegetable production, primarily on southern Vancouver Island.

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Records donated by Norma Leask in 2012.


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GR-1189; GR-1461

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Accession number: 2012.245

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  • Box: 907976-0918
  • Box: 907976-0919