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Nor is it supposed that the parent country has no interest in the disposal of the waste lands in her Colonies. The waste lands have come into the possession of Great Britain by means of the power and character of the British nation. They ought, then, to be considered the indefeasible inheritance of the people of Great Britain and in the construction of a colony, ought to be granted, so only as to be held in trust for their benefit.


This digital archive contains the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. This project aims to digitize and publish online a complete archive of the correspondence covering the period from 1846 leading to the founding of Vancouver Island in 1849, the founding of British Columbia in 1858, the annexation of Vancouver Island by British Columbia in 1866, and up to the incorporation of B.C. into the Canadian Federation in 1871.

All the material on this site originates in the work of Dr. James Hendrickson and his team of collaborators at the University of Victoria, which resulted in the publication of 28 print volumes of correspondence several years ago.

Teachers and students may also be interested in the Governor's Letters website, which provides learning materials based on this collection.