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Hudson's Bay Company fonds
Hudson's Bay Company fonds [textual record]. -- 1852 -1857.
13 cm of textual records

The Hudson's Bay Company began mining coal on Vancouver Island in the early 1850s, first at Fort Rupert and, by 1852, in Nanaimo. The Hudson's Bay Company sold its land and mining interests to the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company, a London, England based syndicate, in 1862.

The indentures were originally received as part of the Mark Bate fonds (Accession 1997 024 A). The daybook (1852-1854) was part of an accrual to the first Bate accession. The inside front cover reads "Thomas Bate; 6017 Vine Street; Kerrisdale, BC". Thomas Bate was Mark Bate's son and it appears that the senior Bate used the daybook as a source for his own historical writings then passed the book onto his son. Remaining records were donated to the Nanaimo District Museum by the Chamber of Commerce then transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1992. The Horne letter (1857) was culled from the Bastion Museum Society materials.

Fonds consists of correspondence (1852-1853, 1857); daybooks ( (1852-1854, 1857-1858), memoranda (1857-58) and 24 employee indentures.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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