Fonds - First United Church (Victoria, B.C.) fonds

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First United Church (Victoria, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1932-1996, predominant 1962-1996 (Creation)
    First United Church (Victoria, B.C.)

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8 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

In 1861, the Presbyterian Church of Ireland sent a missionary to British Columbia. After months of travel throughout the colony, he organized "First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver Island" in Victoria in February, 1862. Initial services were held in various halls, until the church was opened in October, 1863 at Pandora and Blanshard. Difficulties arose in 1866, leading to the founding of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and the closure of First Presbyterian Church from 1867 to 1876. In 1882, the First Presbyterian congregation joined the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was burned in a fire in 1883, but rebuilt the same year, and expanded in 1890. In 1913, a new church school hall at Quadra and Fisgard was completed; the congregation vacated the church and met at the school hall. The cornerstone for a new church building at that site was laid in September 1914, and the building was completed and dedicate in May 1915. The First Presbyterian Church congregation entered the United Church of Canada in 1925, becoming First United Church. The First Presbyterian Church congregation entered the United Church of Canada in 1925, becoming First United Church. In 1997, First United Church and Metropolitan United Church were amalgamated in the First United Church building and the congregation became known a First-Metropolitan United Church.

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Fonds consists of two record series: Annual reports (1932, 1962-1996), and Newsletters (1990-1995).

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Records were transferred from First United Church; date of transfer not documented


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  • English

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File list available. Online Finding Aid

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Most associated materials are maintained by First Metropolitan United Church Archives

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Further accruals expected

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-310

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Revised July 9, 2018

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  • English

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