Tag: BC History

Roderick Finlayson Signature on piece

Roderick Finlayson was born in Scotland and came to Vancouver’s Island with the HBC. He worked under Charles Ross in the building of Fort Victoria in 1843–1844. By 1859 he was the HBC Chief Factor in Victoria.

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Matthew Baillie Begbie signature on piece

“Upon BC entering Confederation in 1871, Begbie became its first chief justice. He guided the judicial system of the province to an era of considerable sophistication, displaying characteristics unexpected of a Victorian judge: espousal of the rights of Chinese and native people; a lifelong interest in progressive law reforms and a tendency to take the side of the “little man.”

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Clinton, B.C. 14 Nov 1874 2.5pg Marcus Smith letter to his wife

I could get through easily and give a decided Report if I were Chief Engineer-but with Mr. Flemings perpetual alterations and non committals combined with the political forces in the back ground I expect to have a hard time of it- I have a good mind to give in my Report pure and simple and not submit to any alterations and let them suppress it altogether if they think fit…I am weary weary and long for rest. I have been travelling every day and many nights since I left you in May..So excuse my writing more, it is late and I am tired travelled 60 miles today in an open wagon- thermometer to zero.

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The Sydney Hodgkinson Find

Card scripts (or card tokens) from the H.B.C. Tradings Posts in Northern B.C. were collected by Sydney Hodgkinson and brought in to All Nations by his family.

Sydney Hodgkinson worked as an accountant with the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1908 to 1935.

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