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Map of the City of Victoria, Vancouver Island

Shows surveyed lots and prominent buildings. Note in ms. (on original): "The city boundaries as defined in the "Victoria Incorporation Act, 1862" are shown in red. Mohun & Farwell, L.S., Victoria, V.I., 9th Augt. 1866."

Victoria Chamber of Commerce fonds

  • PR-0057
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1995

Fonds includes minutes, scrapbooks, financial records, reports, bylaws, photographs and publications.
Also included are minutes and cashbook of the British Columbia Board of Trade Building Association, an organization established in 1892 to fund construction of the Board of Trade building in Bastion Square.

Victoria Chamber of Commerce

George Harvey fonds

  • PR-0011
  • Fonds
  • [1863-1968]

Fonds consists of photographs of the Harvey home, family, servants, and Indian cairns.

Harvey, George John, 1859-1937

Assessment roll

Series consists of assessments on real property and improvements compiled for the purpose of determining taxes.

Information on the creation, structure, and composition of the Collector's roll is provided below in three sections: context of creation, structure, and data elements.

Context of Creation

The Colony of Vancouver Island was responsible for the assessment and collection of property taxes in Victoria from 1862 until 1866. From 1867 until the establishment of the British Columbia Assessment Authority in 1974, these functions were the responsibility of the City. Under the City's administration, the general procedure was as follows. Each year the Assessor drew up the assessment roll, sent out notices of assessment to relevant taxpayers, and then forwarded the roll to the City Clerk on behalf of Council. City Council, sitting as the Court of Revision, determined whether revisions to the returned assessment roll were required, made them if necessary, confirmed them, and authenticated the roll. Council then enacted a bylaw for setting yearly tax rates. Following this, the Clerk made out the Collector's roll and forwarded it to the Collector who gathered the taxes, returning his roll to the Clerk when finished, and forwarding the money collected to the Treasurer.

Structure

The assessment rolls provide information on what is to be assessed, how much it is assessed at, when the assessment is made, and to whom the assessment is to be charged. However, based on differences in format, titling, size, arrangement of entries, or status of the roll they can be divided into three chronological groups:

(1) 1864-1871
(2) 1872-1891
(3) 1892-1916

With regard to content, there are some differences within each of these groups. These differences relate to such things as omission of previously used data elements, inclusion of new data elements, alterations in the arrangement of the same data elements, and spelling of the same data elements. Each group provides summary information at end of the last volume within it concerning City of Victoria land holdings. What follows in an overall description of the three main groups listed above.

(1) 1864-1871 Lists assessments alphabetically by name of the assessee, rather than numerically by roll number. Some volumes are not titled, data elements are handwritten, and data elements are often located only on the first pages of each volume.

(2) 1872-1891 Titled "City of Victoria real estate assessment roll." (The single volume for 1872 and 1873 is transitional between the first group and this one, the numerical arrangement of entries placing it most logically in this group; but note that these assessments have no element for Court of Revision alterations; the title is "Real estate.")

(3) 1892-1916 Titled "City of Victoria land and improvement assessment roll." Bylaw 155 of 1892 resulted in the change of title, although both land and improvements were assessed from 1864.

Sample Data Elements:

Group 1: 1864-1871

1864-1865

Name of Owner
Place of Residence
No. of Lot
No. of Block
Street
Admeasurement
Assessed Value of
Land
Improvements
Revised Value
Land
Improvements
Total Value
Tax 1%
Additional 5%
Total Tax Payable

1867

Owner' Name
Residence
No. Lot
No. Block
Measure
Street
Assessed Value Land
Improvements
Total
Tax One per Cent
Tax on Rate 1/4 of One Per Cent

Group 2: 1872-1891

1872-1873

Lot
Block
Admeasurement
Street
Name
Assessed value land
[Assessed value] improvements
Total value
Rate
No.
No.
Amount paid
No.
Fire rate

1874-1891

Lot
Block
Admeasurement
Streets
Names
Per foot frontage or by acre [1891 only]
Land assessments
Improved assessments
Alterations by Court of Revision
Total
Arrears
Tax
Receipts
Amount paid
Arrears [1890-1891 only]
Remarks [handwritten: "notices sent"]

Group 3: 1892-1916 (overview)

Map no. [1915-1916 only]
Sub-lot [1912-1916 only; "Subdivision" for 1897-1911]
Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Address [for 1892, between "Amount paid" and "Notices sent"]
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Total
Alteration by Court of Revision
Land [1897-1916 only]
Improvements [1897-1916 only]
Arrears of taxes [1893-1896 only]
Notices sent
Remarks

1892

Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Alteration by Court of Revision
Total
Arrears of taxes
Amount paid
Address
Notices sent
Remarks

1893-1896

Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Address
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Alteration by Court of Revision
Total
Arrears of taxes
Notices sent
Remarks

1897-1911

Subdivision
Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Address
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Total
Alteration by Court of Revision
Land
Improvements
Notices sent
Remarks

1912-1914

Sub-lot
Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Address
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Total
Alteration by Court of Revision
Land
Improvements
Notices sent
Remarks

1915-1916

Map no.
Sub-lot
Lot
Block
Measurement
Street
Name
Address
Price per foot frontage or acre
Assessment on land
Assessments on improvements
Total
Alteration by Court of Revision
Land
Improvements
Notices sent
Remarks

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Esquimalt and Victoria Harbours

Shows streets, roads, buildings, cultivated land, depths by soundings and relief by hachures. Includes 2 views of approaches to Esquimalt Harbour.

Esquimalt and Victoria Harbours

Shows streets, roads, buildings, cultivated land, depths by soundings and relief by hachures. Includes 2 views of approaches to Esquimalt Harbour.

St. John's Anglican Church fonds

  • PR-0128
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1877

Fonds consists of a cash journal.

St. John the Divine Anglican Church (Victoria, B.C.)

Native Sons of British Columbia, Post #1 fonds

  • PR-0087
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1990

Fonds consists administrative, financial, operational, and membership records, as well as officers' files.

Native Sons and Daughters of British Columbia

Voters list

Series consists of lists of all eligible voters.

The lists were updated annually at first and later semi-annually. The only voters lists available before 1908 are those for 1865, 1885, and 1896.

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

Helmcken family fonds

  • PR-0272
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1865]-1975

Fonds consists primarily of correspondence and photographs of three generations of the Helmcken family. The fonds also includes a scrapbook, certificates, family tree, and other material relating to the family’s private and professional activities.

Helmcken, John Sebastian, 1824-1920

Floyd, Johnston family fonds

  • PR-0099
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1866-1920] (predominantly 1895-1920)

Fonds consists of family photographs of the Floyd and Johnston families.

Floyd, James Sterling, 1867-1922 (family)

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

Henderson family fonds

  • PR-0088
  • Fonds
  • 1868-1950

Fonds consists of photographs, reminiscences, political files, certificates, and other material relating to the various activities of family members.

Henderson, Anton, Sr., 1853-1950

Ethel Bruce fonds

  • PR-0013
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1966 (predominantly 1914-1966)

Fonds consists primarily of material related to Ethel Bruce's career as a journalist including newspaper clippings, concert and theatre programmes, invitations, pamphlets, maps, photographs, correspondence and picture postcards.

Bruce, Ethel, d. 1968

B.C. Funeral Company (Hayward's) Ltd. Fonds

  • PR-0270
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1974

Fonds consists of operational records relating to the funeral business including correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, and cemetery records.

B.C. Funeral Company Ltd.

Victoria Harbour

Showing: 1. Prison; 2. Hudson's Bay Warehouse; 3. Paddlewheeler "Enterprise"; 4. Presbyterian Church; 5. Steamer "Otter".

City Council letterbook

Series consists of copies of letters sent outward by the City Clerk, mostly communications ordered by Council.

Because the letters were bound chronologically, access is most effective using the alphabetical indexes to the letterbooks. Indexes for 1870 to 1893 are bound in at the beginning of the corresponding letterbooks, providing an alphabetical listing of names of correspondents, whether persons or organizations. Independent indexes providing similar listings are available for 1894 to 1973 (CR-0010), although these indexes also provide in addition a note on the topic of each letter. Subject access can also be obtained through the topical index (CR-0015), which covers the period from 1914 to 1974.

The series is relatively complete, with only a few gaps within years from 1902 to 1908. The first two letterbooks cover 1 April 1870 to 7 April 1873 and 31 March 1870 to 10 June 1875 respectively. The latter volume covers mostly mid 1873 to 1875 but there is still considerable overlap.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

Cameron family fonds

  • PR-0014
  • Fonds
  • [187-?]-1922

Fonds consists of photographs of the Duncan Cameron family, views of Victoria, Frank Cameron in his early automobiles, and Agnes Deans Cameron's 1908 expedition to the Canadian north.

Cameron, Duncan E., d. 1884 (family)

Yates Street looking west

Taken from the intersection of Yates Street and Government Street. Visible on the south side of the street are the Adelphi Saloon at 39 Yates and Moore & Co. Druggists at 31 Yates.

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