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Election expenses journal

Series consists of a journal of expenses incurred in the holding of elections for Mayors, Councillors, School Trustees, and other elected officials, as well as votes on special bylaws and referenda.
Originally from the office of W.W. Northcott

Victoria (B.C.). Returning Officer

Estimates and expenses journal

Series consists of estimates and expenses regarding City buildings such as City Hall, fire halls, the market, the pound, and the Isolation Hospital, as well as Ross Bay Cemetery.
Originally from the office of W.W. Northcott

Victoria (B.C.). Superintendent of Public Works

Celebration Committee records

Series consists of the minutes of the Celebration Committee and its various subcommittees during its efforts to commemorate the 1901 May 24th (Victoria Day) celebration. Includes minutes, newsclippings, and advertisements.
Part of accession 98104-03

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Water Works ledger

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

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Assessment roll comparisons

Series consists of a volume of tax assessment information that provides comparisons for the years 1892, 1894, 1897, 1900, and 1905. Includes only the following information: lot and block number, measurement, street, name, assessment on land, and assessment on improvements.

The spine of the volume is stamped B.C. Land and Investment Agency, indicating that it was prepared either for the use of or the taxation of that company

Victoria (B.C.). Assessor

Assessment roll working copy

Series consists of a set of tax rolls that were created as working documents used in compiling the assessment portion of the Assessor's and Collector's rolls.

The volumes are divided into 3 or 4 year groups: 1916-1918, 1919-1921, 1922-1925, 1926-1929, and 1930-1934. All of these groups are titled "City of Victoria," and the volumes within each group are followed by an alphabetical or numerical subtitle: A, B, or C for volumes in the 1916-1918, 1922-1929, and 1930-1934 groups, and 1-6 for the 1919-1921 group

Victoria (B.C.). Assessor

Agreements for sale and quit claims

Series consists of a description of agreements for sale and quit claims between various parties that were used to amend the assessment roll by keeping property ownership information up to date.
Although the cover of the volume indicates that it contains items 47755G to 88818G, the records themselves range from 48646G to 88818G

Victoria (B.C.). Assessor

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 was signed by 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 29 April 1929.

Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, only permits older than 20 years may be viewed

Victoria (B.C.). Parks

Building permit applications

Series consists of a log of building permits issued by the City. Includes information on the date and number of the permit, owner of the property, its legal description, and the street on which it is located. Also includes information on how many buildings are included in the permit, building material, number of storeys, number of rooms, purpose of the building, estimate of cost, and amount of fee paid.
This series was started in 1907. Although the City likely had a regular method of recording building permits before this time, the best existent source for annual lists of building permits issued from the early 1860s to 1907 is the local newspapers, copies of which are available in the Archives' reference room.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). Public Works

Ross Bay Cemetery monthly burial register

Series consists of records of interments in Ross Bay Cemetery. There are eight volumes in this series. The first three volumes (1883-1890) contain the following data elements: name, age (yrs/mos.), where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks. The data elements in volumes 4 and 5 (1890-1908) were changed slightly and include permit number, name, age (yrs./mos.), where born, where died, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, East or West, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks.

>From 1883 to 1908 the volumes are organized bi-monthly. The first volume contains burials for January, March, May, July, Sept and November 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886 and January and March 1887. The next volume contains burials for February, April, June, August, October, December 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889 and January 1890. The information entered into these registers is not always complete and was updated. After March 1908, volumes 6, 7 and 8, the months are sequential in a single volumes.

The purpose for the unusual organization of the early records is not self evident. It is possible that the information recorded in these registers was entered at the cemetery by the caretaker. At the end of each month, the register may have been forwarded to the secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery at City Hall so the information could be entered into the Burial Register. During the time that the register was away from the cemetery, the caretaker could have recorded the burials in a second volume until the end of the month when the first register was returned and the second one sent to City Hall

Victoria (B.C.). Parks

Special reports and projects

Series includes of correspondence, reports, contracts, agreements, tenders, specifications, and resolutions apparently removed by the City Clerk's Office and retained in groupings by topic. Material pertains to public utilities, transportation, and the B.C. Electric Railway Company (1938-1939); the Victoria and Sidney Railway 1892-1906); and the Songhees Indian Reserve (1884-1906).
Series forms part of earlier City of Victoria Archives' "Series IV, Special Reports and Projects," for which an item list is available

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Local improvement bylaws index

Series consists of an index to local improvement bylaws pertaining to street work such as sewers, paving, lighting, and sidewalks

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Tenders log

Series consists of a log of tenders received by the City for various goods and services. Includes information on what the tender is about, the date and time it was received, who it was from, who received it, and the date it was submitted to Council

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Division

Land 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.
Arranged by property or section

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Finance Committee records

Series consists of agendas, minutes, and papers of the Finance Committee reporting to the Group 'A' Committee regarding all financial matters relating to the preservation and development of the harbour and to public off-street parking.
For an alphabetical index to the minutes of the Finance Committee, see CRS 134

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Agreements of sale for reverted lands

Series consists of a list of agreements of sale between the City and various parties for properties reverted to the City for default of taxes. Includes tax roll number, date, name, legal description, and purchase price.
Part of single volume including CRS 256, 257, and 258; located at pp. 120-121

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Register of tax sale deeds

Series consists of a register of deeds owned by various parties as a result of purchasing tax sale properties from the City. Includes number, date, legal description, certificate number, and remarks.
Part of single volume including CRS 256, 257, and 259; located at pp. 62-81 (numbers 1-346) and pp. 100-112 (numbers 347-667)

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Register of agreements and leases

Series consists of a register of agreements and leases between the City and various parties. Includes registration number, date, name, and nature of agreement.
Part of single volume including CRS 256, 258, and 259; located at pp. 82-99 (agreements 1-380, 1892-1927) and pp. 122-154 (agreements 380-471, 1927-1956)

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Register of real property

Series consists of a register of real property owned by the City. Includes registration number, date of purchase, legal description, size, purchase price, and remarks.
Part of single volume including CRS 257, 258, and 259; located at pp. 2-48

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Register of applications of bartenders for licences

Series consists of a listing of persons applying for bartending licences and the status of their application. Includes application number and date, applicants name and address, and remarks. See bylaws 1728 and 1861.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

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