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Marshall Bray fonds
Marshall Bray fonds [textual record]. -- 1880 -1902.
7 cm of textual records.

Born in Halton County, Ontario in 1840, Marshall Bray went to the Cariboo gold fields in British Columbia in 1862. In 1877, he arrived in Nanaimo and found employment as a carpenter and then as a clerk in an outfitting store. In 1880, Bray was appointed government agent and sheriff. He also served as gold commissioner, Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works for the district, police magistrate, and registrar of births, deaths and marriages. In 1883, he married Sarah Randle. They had two sons: Harry Randle, who was a Rhodes scholar and William Edgar. Marshall Bray died in 1912; Sarah in 1944.

Materials were donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in an undocumented transaction and transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993. In 1999, materials that were found during courthouse renovations were donated directly to the Archives.

Fonds consists predominantly of the business papers of Marshall Bray but also includes some family records. Fonds is arranged in two series: 1) Business records and 2) Family papers.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.
Related records available as the William Bray fonds.
Bray's registrar assize record book available at the Provincial Archives, Call No.: GR-3075.
Original museum classification: Code 22

Series 1.

Business records [textual record]. -- 1884-1899.
6 cm of textual records.

Series consists of certificates of appointment from the provincial government as Nanaimo police magistrate (1902) and Nanaimo District sherriff (1880), records related to the estates of intestate persons including: John and Martin Lowry, Henry Arnold, Dominico Ricono, James Donohue, Rosetto Verginio, Daniel Evans, Thomas Davis, Pietro Troffa, John Gill, Bettoni Lazzaro, Barney McInnis, John Winders and John Frear (these men all died in a gas explosion at the Wellington mine on June 30, 1884) and miscellaneous other papers related to estate administration.

Title based on the contents of the series.

Series 2.

Family papers [textual record]. -- 1883-1919 intermittent.
1 cm of textual records

Series consists of Bray family papers including the marriage certificate of Marshall
Bray and Sarah Randle, and letters written by Harry Bray during a tour of Europe in 1908 and immediately after World War 1 when he was stationed in Belgium. Also includes an invitation to a banquet for the Lieutenant-Governor.

Title based on the contents of the series.
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