Collection PR-0252 - Ainslie James Helmcken collection

James C. Flett grocery store Cary Castle guard house View S.E. across the harbour towards the James Bay Bridge from the Songhees Reserve West gate of Fort Victoria.  Looking S.E. from Wharf Street Government administration buildings, "The Birdcages" Mary Ann Richardson (nee Parker) The "lock-up", Bastion Square Panorama of Bastion Square and Wharf Street Panorama of Bastion Square and Wharf Street Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) ship S.S. "Beaver". Beached for repairs at Point Hope McKenzie family: L to R: (back) ?, ?, William B. McKenzie (front) Kenneth McKenzie jr., Andrew Mc... Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie Yates Street looking west Sehl's Furniture, 1112 Government Street Ship moored to rings along Wharf Street Mrs. Lee Mong Kow (daughter of Sam Kee), Mrs. Charlie Bo, and Mrs. Ting Victoria Theatre.  S.W. corner of View Street and Douglas Street Victoria waterfront from the harbour "C" Battery, R.C.A. and 5th Regiment at Work Point McKenzie family on the steps of their residence at Lake Hill (now Christmas Hill) L to R: Goodie,... Roman Catholic Church on Humboldt Street Government Street looking south before View Street was cut through from Broad Street Adelphi Saloon, Campbell's Corner Clover Point showing Henley's Hotel in the distance Sailboat in Inner Harbour Pandora Avenue looking west Chief of Police, Charles P. Bloomfield Unidentified group in carriage Government Street looking north from the grounds of the Parliament Buildings St. Ann's Academy Dixi Ross & Co. dry goods store, interior Cyrus Bowes Drug Store, Government Street, interior Lawrence Goodacre's Queen's Market, Government Street at Yates Street Provincial Royal Jubilee Hospital Parliament Buildings, Victoria BC Government Street looking south from Courtney Street The Empress Hotel from the inner harbour lit up at night Yates Street looking east "Island Princess" ex "Daily" CPR ship Bank of Montreal N.W. corner of Government Street and Bastion Street Bank of Montreal N.W. corner of Government Street and Bastion Street Bank of Montreal N.W. corner of Government Street and Bastion Street Bank of Montreal N.W. corner of Government Street and Bastion Street H.M.S. Capetown. Mrs. Glarpton [?] on second deck; Mr. & Mrs. Hetherington (Jim and Jean) are... Playing chequers on the giant chequer board in the Chequer House, Beacon Hill Park Unidentified nurse Parliament Buildings from the top of the Post Office Parliament Buildings, rear view Douglas Street looking south from Yates Street 805 Broughton Street, Royal Theatre
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Ainslie James Helmcken collection

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  • [ca. 1850]-1986 (Creation)
    Helmcken, Ainslie James, 1900-1987

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ca. 1000 photographs and other material

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Ainslie Helmcken, grandson of John Sebastian Helmcken and son of James and Edith Helmcken, served as Victoria's City Archivist from 1967 to 1983.

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Collection consists mainly of photographs of Victoria people, places, and events and souvenir booklets.

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For related records see: Ainslie James Helmcken fonds (PR 267), Helmcken family fonds (PR 272), Archives operational files (CRS 316), and the records of the Greater Victoria Civic Archives Society.

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In addition to ca. 1000 photographs, the collection includes other graphic material such as souvenir publications and postcards.

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