Fonds PR 63 - William Wilson fonds

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William Wilson fonds

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CA CVIC PR 63

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  • 1860-1922, predominant 1880-1922 (Creation)
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    Wilson, William

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1.15 m of textual records and other material

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(1838-1922)

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Born in England in 1838, William Wilson founded the Victoria retail clothing firm of W & J Wilson Ltd. He served both as an Alderman on Victoria City Council and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He died in Victoria in 1922. During his time in Canada, he was actively involved in real estate speculation, mining, and footwear manufacturing, as well as in local society and the family business.

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Fonds consists of the following 38 series: cash book (1906-1921); journal (1909-1922); ledger (1913-[ca. 1922]); reference material (1881-1899); taxes (1887-1908); Belmont Tannery records (1873-1910); Capital City Canning & Packing records (1906-1909); Clayoquot mineral claims records (1905-1917); Graham Island coal lands records (1880-1910); Nicola Mining Co. records (1887-1894); Wilson Bros. estimates (1892-1894); J.W. Williams estate records (1897); Joseph Wilson estate records (1899-1901); loan to W.Q. Arnold (1913-1916); loan to E. Cave (1904-1905); miscellaneous loan records (1878-1913); correspondence (1873-1883); estate records (1895-1918); family history (1860-[19--]); miscellaneous personal records (1874-[ca. 1920]); Pacific Club and Victoria Club records (1895-1899); miscellaneous agreements for sale (1900-1907); real estate purchases memorandum book (1890-1891); real estate sales ledger (1890-1906); Beer property records (1895); Fernwood property records (1890-1891); Halfway River property records (1912-1921); Johnson Street restaurant lease (1904-1909); Lulu Island property records (1898-1911); New Westminster property records (1890-1894); North Saanich property records (1913-1914); Oak Bay Avenue property records (1890-1908); Port Simpson property records (1895-1903); Vancouver property records (1898); Victoria Hotel construction records (1891-1898); Willows property records (1890-1900); reference publications (1846-1920); artifacts.

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BCAUL control number: CVIC-62

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