Fonds - Samuel Jackson Cliffe fonds

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Samuel Jackson Cliffe fonds

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998.215.1, 998.215.2 a-c, 998.215.3

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1.5 cm.

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Samuel Jackson Cliffe was born in Brewood, Staffordshire, England. He was twenty-two when he began the adventurous sea voyage that took him around Cape Horn and north to his future home in British Columbia. His diary gives a firsthand look at the trip aboard the 1,212-ton “White Star” clipper Silistria, which departed on July 11, 1862, from Liverpool bound for “Vancouver’s island.” Sam, after being involved in the Cariboo gold rush and coal mining in the Nanaimo area, went to the Comox Valley with partners in 1869 and staked out a coal-mining claim as part of the Union Coal Co. (later bought out by Robert Dunsmuir). Samuel married Florence Harmston in 1872 and the family went on to become long time proprietors of Comox’s Lorne Hotel.

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Item 1: Diary of Sam Cliffe. July 11, 1862 to October 20, 1862. Records part of his time at sea aboard the Silistria.
Item 2: Consists of three sections of song books/poems, late 1800s.
Item 3: Hand-drawn map from Nanaimo River to Nanoose Harbour, late 1800s.

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