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R.L. Pocock fonds

  • PR-0282
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 189-?]-[193-]

Fonds consists of glass plate and nitrate negatives taken for the Daily Colonist newspaper and the photographer’s private use. The images date from between the 1890s and 1930s and include images of the Pocock family and friends, WWI military groups, buildings (including Fire Halls), sports events (including the VIAA swim team and the Victoria Golf Club), city and street views, as well as images of China and the interior of British Columbia.

Pocock, R.L., 1874-1943

Gillespie, Hart and Company fonds

  • PR-0224
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1972

Fonds consists mainly of a cash journal, and business photographs.

Gillespie, Hart & Company

Property Manager's lease and purchase files

Series consists of records made and received while administering land and buildings owned by the City. As such, it includes records relating to the purchase, sale, lease, use, and development of City land and buildings.

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

Land Department agreements

Series consists of copies of agreements, leases, contracts and other legal documents which pertain to City-owned or leased land. These are copies of the original agreements forwarded to the Lands Department by the City Clerk.

Victoria (B.C.). Land Department

City Clerk's agreements

Series consists of copies of agreements, leases, contracts and other legal documents which pertain to a variety of matters including land purchases, land sales, large building projects, water supply, employment, paving, operations of concessions, Wartime Housing, and union agreements.

This series is incomplete.

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk'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

City Solicitor's agreements

Series consists of agreements, leases, contracts and other legal documents which pertain to a variety of matters including land purchases, Vic West Arbitration, and expropriation of land at Elk Lake and Sooke Lake and for water works purposes.

It also includes records dealing with expropriation of land in Fernwood for the Victoria High School as well as agreements for houses under the Soldiers Better Housing Act, and agreements with other municipalities regarding infrastructure projects.

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

Soldiers Settlement Housing plans

Series consists of plans, specifications, receipts and correspondence for homes built under the Better Housing and Soldiers Settlement Housing Acts. Information contained in these records include: plan number, permit number, legal description, civic address, name of owner, architect, contractor and tradesmen.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Agreements

Series consists of original agreements, leases, contracts and other legal documents which pertain to a variety of matters including land purchases, land sales, large building projects, water supply, employment, paving, operations of concessions, Wartime Housing, and union agreements.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

Zoning and rezoning case files

Series consists of Advisory Planning Commission (APC) zoning and rezoning applications, related reports, correspondence, plans and photographs.

Files go up to 1994 however some files may contain more recent information.

Victoria (B.C.). Advisory Planning Commission

Archives operational files

Series consists of records created by the City of Victoria Archives. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, and guest registers.

Victoria (B.C.). Archives Division

Ross Bay Cemetery grass plot books

The series consists of receipts for a contract for the maintenance of grass plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Each license consists of two parts, a duplicate that remained in the volume, and an 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 the signatures of both the Secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery and the undertaker or purchaser.

The maintenance of grass plots was established by bylaw 2452 "Ross Bay Cemetery Grass Plots, Maintenance Fund bylaw, 1928" and adopted by a resolution of Council on29 April 1929.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Land acquisition documents

Series consists of records dealing with land sales including conveyances, deeds, mortgages, and land and Crown grants.

The documentation traces the history of ownership of various properties until they come into the possession of the Corporation of the City of Victoria.

The City acquired ownership of many of these properties for the purpose of rights of way for sewer, paths etc., the creation or extension of roads, or for public schools. City properties acquired for other purposes include the BC Agricultural Association lands at Willows in Oak Bay, the proposed cemetery at Ogden Point and Ross Bay Cemetery. Copies of various Crown grants such as the James Bay mud flats, Mt. Douglas and Beacon Hill Park are also included.

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

Tax sale redemption receipts

Series consists of receipts issued upon the redemption of properties scheduled for tax sale by the payment of back taxes owed to the City.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Ross Bay Cemetery burial permits

Series consists of the City’s copy of burial permits.

Each permit originally consisted of three parts: the City copy, the family copy, and a receipt. Each permit is numbered and captures the following information: name, age, where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergy, block, plot and road, undertaker, reserve plots, and fees.

The earliest permits are contained in bound volumes and date from December 1886 to October 1915. In October 1915 the system was changed to a three-part carbon-copy form. And the data collected changed slightly to include cause of death, re-opening, interment, exhumation, and total cost.

Other forms related to the burial may be attached to the burial permit, such as Order for Interment of Body, Medical Certificate of Death, Warrant to Bury After a View, Certificate of Cremation, and other forms and correspondence related to the transportation of remains.

Previous record keeping practices included licences for plots and perpetual maintenance contracts in the burial permitting system. While these records use the same numbering as the burial permits, they are distinct records series with their own access restrictions (see below).

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

City Council letterbook index

Series consists of an index to letters sent outward (CR-0009).

Each volume is divided into alphabetical sections. Within each section the names of correspondents, whether persons or organizations, are listed chronologically throughout the year. The index also provides in addition a note on the topic of each letter.

See also the indexes to individual letterbooks before 1893 (CR-0009) and the topical index (CR-0015).

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

John Christian fonds

  • PR-0236
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1908-1920]

Fonds consists of photographs depicting the Christian and Cameron families and scenes of Victoria.

Christian, John, Capt., d. 1933

City Council minutes index

Series consists of an index to City Council minutes (CR-0001).

Records from 1879 to 1918 consist of single volumes for each calendar year. These volumes consist of separate sections for each letter of the alphabet, with individual entries in these sections listed sequentially by date.

Access to the minutes through these volumes sometimes requires inferences about which committee was responsible for a particular activity, since topics tend to be recorded only once and listed (where appropriate) under the name of the responsible committee with the topic given as a sub-heading; the issuing of warrants, for example, is found under 'F' for 'Finance Committee - Warrants' rather than under 'W' for warrants. References are to page numbers in the Council minutes volumes.

Records for 1977 to 1980 are in card index format, arranged alphabetically by subject within each year. Records for 1985-1995, which consist of legal size pages originally filed with the minutes at the beginning of the specific year to which they pertain, are also arranged alphabetically by subject. The index for these years provides better access than the volumes for 1879-1918, but may still cause difficulty in locating topics due to minimal cross-referencing for some years. The index for 1990-2003 will be found on the microfilm version of the Council minutes for those years.

These lists are supplemented by the topical indexes (CRS 15), which also index the Council minutes. A draft index to the minutes for 1862-1871 compiled by Archives staff is also available.

There are gaps in the records for 1892-1893, 1906, 1919-1976, 1981-1982, 1989, 1996, and 2002.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

Carter, Paris

The file consists of newspaper articles and other related material.

Alto, Marianne

The file consists of newspaper articles and other related material.

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