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General ledger

Series consists of the City's general ledger. The ledgers are arranged within numerous accounts documenting the financial transactions of the City.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Finance Department ledger

Series consists of a special ledger of departmental accounts of the City, which deals with every aspect of each departmental operating budget.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Water Works general ledger

Series consists of a general ledger of the Victoria section of the water works. The ledger has accounts numbered 1 through 96 dealing with all aspects of the water works.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Water Works cost ledger

Series consists of a special ledger dealing with the Victoria water works. The ledgers contain detailed information on specific water accounts.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Water Works Esquimalt section ledger

Series consists of a ledger of the Esquimalt section of the Victoria water works. Accounts deal with all aspects of running the Esquimalt area water works.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Water Works journal

Series consists of a journal recording water works billing accounts. The billing of customers was performed on a bi-monthly basis.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Sinking fund ledger

Series consists of a ledger of sinking fund accounts. Each sinking fund account documents the annual accumulation of interest.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Boulevard maintenance ledger

Series consists of a ledger documenting boulevard maintenance taxes.

These taxes were collected in accordance to By-law No. 956 which states that 'for the purpose of providing annually the required sum to defray the cost of maintenance and upkeep of the boulevards on all streets in the City now and hereafter to be boulevarded there is hereby assessed upon the real property and portions of real property fronting upon any boulevard now or hereafter constructed, and there shall be levied and collected in each year an annual rate of four-fifths of a cent. per square foot of the area included in such boulevards.' Ledger consists of a calculation of street frontage, legal description of the property, and rates by year.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Debentures ledger

Series consists of a ledger of debenture accounts documenting the amount of interest due each month.

Data elements include the name of the debenture, the number of the corresponding bylaw, the amount of the loan, the rate of interest, the half-yearly interest, date of issue of the loan, date due, and the interest dates for each year.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

City Assessor's daily journal

Series consists of a daily journal compiled by the City Assessor.

The journal documents daily appointments relating to the functional areas of assessment, building inspection, and purchasing. The journal was used originally in 1919 with other entries from the years 1920 and 1931.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Registration of debentures

Series consists of a register documenting the sale of City debentures.

Data elements include the file number, date of registration, by-law number, the debenture numbers, the name and address of the bearer, and the date of transfer of the debentures, if applicable.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Bills payable journal

Series consists of a special journal documenting the bills payable of the City.

Series deals primarily with accounts held by banks, most likely with debenture accounts. From 1911-1919, accounts are drawn up with the Bank of British North America and from 1919-1960 with the Bank of Montreal.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Better Housing Act journal

Series consists of a journal documenting the Municipality's administration of the Better Housing Act (S.B.C. 1919, c. 8).

This Act was passed by the Provincial Government to aid in the promotion of better housing. Series documents loans by the City to individuals. Data elements include date, total of money paid, principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and administration. Monthly totals are calculated and carried forward to the beginning of each month.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Departmental salaries and benefits account

Series consists of the monthly tabulation of salary and benefits of the employees of each department.

Data elements include: pay roll number, department, salary, unemployment insurance city share/employees share, superannuation, income tax, B.C. Hospital, Canada savings bonds, M.S.A., City Hall union dues, Great West Life [Insurance Co.], Excel Life, Canada Life, C.E.H.A., fire union dues, police union dues, I.U.O.E. Local #918, London Life, V.F.M.B.S., advances, and net salary.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Car allowance reports

Series consists of monthly and annual accounts of car expenditures.

Car allowance payments document monthly vehicle usage whereas car allowance mileage reports document monthly mileage costs.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Tax sale record

Series consists of a journal documenting private properties sold by the City of Victoria for non-payment of property taxes.

Data elements include the legal description of the property, the total delinquent taxes, the name and address of the property owner, the method by which the owner was contacted, a description of the real property sold, the name and address of the purchaser at the tax sale, and an annotation stating whether or not the property owner redeemed the property.

The 1915-1945 volume consists of the tax sale record for 1915-1919 and aggregate tax sales information for 1915-1949 (the latter at p. 38).

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Fire insurance register

Series consists of a bound volume documenting City owned properties and their assessed value.

These assessments were used as the basis of insuring City-owned property. Data elements include the item number, name of property, location or legal description, type of construction, risk number, and value of building and contents.
Series is arranged in three year blocks : 1940-1942; 1943-1945; 1946-1948; and 1949-1951.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Tax assessment photographs

Series consists of photographs created by the Assessor to assist in the assessment of taxes. Photographs depict both commercial and residential properties.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Real estate tax arrears

Series consists of a list of tax arrears owed to the City. Data elements include the legal description of the property, the owner's name, the overdue taxes for each year, and an annotation stating whether or not the taxes have been paid.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Tax sale cards

Series consists of descriptions of properties reverted to the City for taxes.

The records capture the following kinds of information: location, legal description, tax roll number, assessed value of land and improvements, upset price, tax sale date, titles, frontages, purchaser, purchase price, date of sale, and whether the property was reserved for municipal use.

Cards capture three levels of information over different periods of time: (1) the initial tax sale of the property, usually written in ink and documenting the years 1915-1935; (2) annotations detailing the taxes on the property for the years 1939-1942; and (3) annotations spanning the years 1955-1968, recording the date that the property was sold and the sale price. Some cards also contain a sketch of the property on the back of the card.

There are three separate groupings of cards.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Revenue journal

Series consists of a journal documenting revenue received from property taxes.

The types of revenue received are described as revenue, real, wild land, personal, and interest. Data elements include a description of the revenue, from whom it was received, the amount, and the date received. At the end of each year the yearly revenue totals were paid into the City's treasury.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Advertisement purchasing log

Series consists of correspondence, advertisement rates, and news clippings of advertisements purchased by the City from local newspapers. Advertisements deal with job vacancies, tenders, public notices, and bylaw announcements.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Purchasing Department correspondence

Series consists of correspondence of the City Purchasing Agent.

Correspondence deals primarily with policy and procedures of the Purchasing Division with several special occasion files interfiled within.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Recreation and Community Services Department annual reports

Series consists of annual reports documenting the operations of the Department of Recreation and Community Services, including Memorial Arena, Crystal Gardens, Royal Athletic Park, and McPherson Playhouse.

Victoria (B.C.). Recreation and Community Services Department

Centennial Square files

Series consists of the City Manager's administrative and operational files pertaining to the development of Centennial Square.

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager's Office

Ross Bay Cemetery plot licenses

Series consists of receipts for licenses for plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Each license consists of two parts, an original that remained in the volume, and a duplicate original that was retained by the applicant. Each record contains the following data elements: license number, name, address, amount paid, location of plot(s) purchased, date and was signed by both the Secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery and the undertaker or purchaser.

Starting in volume 5, copies of “Application for a deed of cemetery plot” and correspondence are often attached to the license. The burial permit number(s) is noted on the license.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Thomas Shanks McPherson estate statements of accounts

Series consists of the financial statement of accounts of the Thomas Shanks McPherson estate conducted by the firm of Ismay, Boiston, Dunn & Co. on behalf of the estate trustee Canada Trust Company.

Records were submitted to and debated by the City Council on 5 December 1967 and placed on file at City Hall.

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Applications for plumbing and sewer connections

Series consists of plumbing and sewer connection applications pertaining to buildings that no longer exist in their original location, having been demolished, moved, or burned (applications pertaining to existing buildings are in the custody of Permits and Inspection).

There are six different kinds of records in this series, all of them used (and filed) together in administering plumbing and sewerage connection applications: Application to connect with sewer; Application to construct plumbing; Application to connect with public surface drains; Application to connect with public surface drains or septic tank; Application to connect with holding tank; and Application to connect house sewers temporarily to public surface water drains. Each application consists of a form and a basic plan of the structure (on linen). The plans show the location of the bathroom(s) and kitchen and indicate where the house plumbing connects to the main sewer. Some applications contain more detailed plans showing elevations, alterations, and additions, as well as correspondence.

The first application to connect to the sewer was made on 1 December 1892.

The design of the forms and the information collected changed over time. Sample data elements for several periods are provided below.

Sample Data Elements:

December 1892 - April 1893

Location of property
Legal description
Date
Owners name
Owners address*
Architect name*
Architect address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
No. of houses connected
Signature of owner
Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure.

April 1893 - October 1895

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name
Owners address
Architect name
Architect address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner

Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner. Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure. Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

October 1895 - December 1911

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

January 1912 - 1950s

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
A schedule setting out the class and position of plumbing fixtures
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date
A receipt for a sum as required by the application

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Building inspection files

Series consists of records pertaining to the demolition of condemned buildings, the repair of buildings reverted to the City, and the maintenance and repair of public buildings or properties.

The following types of records are found in the series: tenders or bids to erect and to demolish buildings; notifications of condemned houses; specification and conditions for erecting and demolishing buildings; receipts; memoranda; tenders for painting and repairing buildings or wiring; agreements; bills for work completed; contracts; claims; correspondence; and plans.

Public buildings or properties covered by the records include: Auto Tourist Camp (Curtis Point); Beacon Hill Park; City Market; Foul Bay Beach; Isolation Hospital; Old Men’s Home; Police Station; Pumping Station; Royal Athletic Park; Smith Hill Reservoir; Stadium (Douglas Street).

Victoria (B.C.). Building Inspector's Department

Tenders and quotations

Series consists of tenders and quotations for equipment, supplies, and services considered for purchase by the City.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Local improvement book

Series consists of reports from the City Engineer and City Assessor to Council regarding the cost of constructing permanent (cement) sidewalks together with statements showing the amount chargeable against the various portions of real property immediately benefited. Included also are plans describing the location of the works to be done, the length of time it is expected to last, the cost to the City, and the owners of the relevant properties. See bylaw 343.

The 1892-1906 volume consists of copies without plans

Victoria (B.C.). City Engineer's Office

Survey field books

Series consists of various types of survey books, mainly field books, used by surveyors for making notes when determining elevations of land and locations of natural and manmade features of the landscape.

The field books contain notes on numerous topics such as land benchmarks (elevations), monument locations and topography, centerlines, flowlines, road straightening lines, and city boundary lines. In addition to the notes and measurements, many of the field books contain such information as diagrams, sketches, profiles, and drawings of various streets, sidewalks, buildings and waterways.

The “Description” column of the location list may refer to more than one numerical reference per book. In such cases, the first number in the description refers to a stamp on the cover of the volume apparently added by the Engineering Department sometime after the volumes were initially created. The description may also contain the name of the surveyor and the number he assigned the volume, separated by a dash. For example, "46; D.A. Rose - No. 5" refers to volume 46 in the overall departmental arrangement, which is D.A. Rose's personal book number 5.

Notes regarding topics of interest within individual volumes are located in the “Description” column of the list with in parentheses.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Heritage Advisory Committee records

Series consists of minutes and agendas of this advisory committee of Council.

The Committee's role is to advise Council on those matters coming within the scope of the Heritage Conservation Act (RSBC 1979, c. 165) which are from time to time referred to it by Council, and to make recommendations to Council respecting the designation of heritage buildings, structures and lands, and the preservation, alteration, renovation or demolition of heritage buildings, structures or lands. See bylaw 81-10 and its amendments, 82-4, 83-8, 91-53.

Victoria (B.C.). Heritage Advisory Committee

Victoria Emergency Program records

Series consists of administrative records as well as reference and promotional material pertaining to civil defence and emergency protective services in Victoria.

Documents from 1943 to 1962 consist mainly of reference and promotional material such as pamphlets, periodicals, reports and books about civil defence planning, first aid, communications, fallout shelters, emergency feeding, nuclear warfare and related topics, as well as some 40 posters pertaining to civil defence awareness. The administrative records range mainly from 1964 to 1979. Also included are Civil Defence headquarters blueprints, general signage, first-aid station log, and exercise alert signage.

In 1974 the name of the agency changed from the Victoria Civil Defence Control Board to the Victoria Emergency Program.

Victoria (B.C.). Victoria Emergency Program

Applications for water

Series consists of books containing applications to connect with the city water supply.

Each application consists of a form filled out by the property owner requesting permission to obtain water from the city water supply and promising to abide by the requisite conditions and pay the necessary fees.

The form captures the following data elements: lot number, block, street, type of structure, number of bricks, barrels of lime, cost of water rent, cost of service and owner’s signature. The applications were sometimes signed by an agent for the owner, commonly the architect, builder, contractor or land agent. Some applications have letters attached or notes written on them regarding addresses or installation. Notes on the inside cover of some books pertain to water rates and cost of services. The design of the forms and the information collected changed somewhat over time.

The Water Commissioner changed from E.A. Wilmot to R.L. Raymur in September 1894 and the water application forms were subsequently changed. The department also started numbering the applications at 1 again.

The first application to connect to with water was made on 7 January 1892.

Victoria (B.C.). Water Commissioner

Land Department record of documents issued

Series consists of a chronological listing of indefeasible titles and conveyances issued by the City pertaining to the sale of City properties.

The records capture the following kinds of information: date, nature of the document, title number, description of the property, and recipient.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Land journal

Series consists of a daily record of money received for rent and sales of City properties.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Property sales journal

Series consists of a daily journal documenting properties sold by the City of Victoria.

Data elements include the legal description of the property, date of sale, the name and address of the property owner, sale price, term, cost price, profit and loss.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Land ledger

Series consists of a record of cumulative totals of funds entered against various accounts such as cash sales, rentals, tax sales, and agreements receivable.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Property sales accounts

Series consists of a record of individual property sales, including cash sales (1947-1997), cash sales to veterans (1946-1959), deposits with agreements to purchase (1952-1997), property sales accounts listing credits, debits and interest charges (1926-1968), as well as an alphabetical name index to the property sales accounts.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

List of City properties for sale

Series consists of a published booklet describing properties being sold by the City of Victoria for non-payment of property taxes.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

Victoria Athletic Commission operational files

Series consists of records pertaining to the regulation and supervision of wrestling and boxing matches in Victoria.

Includes wrestlers' licences (1973-1977), correspondence with City Council (1953-1976), general correspondence (1953-1976), investment receipts and statements ([ca. 1973-1976]), journal (1954-1976), minutes (1954-1975), programs (1959), and rules and regulations (1952-1972).
See bylaw 3723

Victoria (B.C.). Athletic Commission

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