A report on Colony of British Columbia (1858–1866)

The Colony of British Columbia in 1863
Sir James Douglas, first governor of the Colony of British Columbia
A portion of the Cariboo Road in the Fraser Canyon, c. 1867
Moody likened his vision of the nascent Colony of British Columbia to the pastoral scenes painted by Aelbert Cuyp
Moody designed the first Coat of arms of British Columbia

Crown colony in British North America from 1858 until 1866 that was founded by Richard Clement Moody, who was selected to 'found a second England on the shores of the Pacific', who was Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for British Columbia and the first Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

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Peter O'Reilly (civil servant)

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Peter O'Reilly (27 March 1827 – 3 September 1905) was a prominent settler and official in the Colony of British Columbia, now a province of Canada who held a variety of positions, most notably as the head of a commission struck to revise and allocate Indian reserves throughout the province.

Joshua Homer

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Canadian Member of Parliament from British Columbia.

Canadian Member of Parliament from British Columbia.

The son of Joseph Homer, he was born in Barrington, Nova Scotia and educated there, but later moved to the British Columbia Colony, settling in New Westminster in 1858, and becoming a merchant.

Chartres Brew

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Sign in Cahir, Ireland, marking a house where Brew lived while subinspector of police.

Chartres Brew (31 December 1815 – 31 May 1870) was a Gold commissioner, Chief Constable and judge in the Colony of British Columbia, later a province of Canada.

Nootka Convention

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The Nootka Sound Conventions were a series of three agreements between the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of Great Britain, signed in the 1790s, which averted a war between the two countries over overlapping claims to portions of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America.

The Nootka Sound Conventions were a series of three agreements between the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of Great Britain, signed in the 1790s, which averted a war between the two countries over overlapping claims to portions of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America.

The Hudson's Bay Company, the remaining British presence in the region, was averse to settlement and any economic activity other than its own, such that settlement and resource development did not take place to any degree until the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858, which formalized British claims on the mainland still residual from the Nootka Conventions into the Colony of British Columbia.

Hon. George Anthony Walkem in 1875

George Anthony Walkem

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British Columbian politician and jurist.

British Columbian politician and jurist.

Hon. George Anthony Walkem in 1875

Born in Newry, Ireland, Walkem moved to then Colony of British Columbia in 1862 and served as a member of the Colonial Assembly (Cariboo East and Quesnel Forks District) from 1864 to 1866 and the appointed Legislative Council (Cariboo) from 1866 to 1870.

Wymond Ogilvy Hamley

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English-Canadian collector of customs and politician.

English-Canadian collector of customs and politician.

He got appointed collector of customs for the Colony of British Columbia through Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

The High Level Bridge, River Tyne (left) built by the Hawks dynasty

Hawks family

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One of the most powerful British industrial dynasties of the British Industrial Revolution.

One of the most powerful British industrial dynasties of the British Industrial Revolution.

The High Level Bridge, River Tyne (left) built by the Hawks dynasty
The inauguration of the High Level Bridge by HM Queen Victoria on 28 September 1849
The Hawks company produced numerous ironclad warships —including HMS Warrior, the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warship—for the Royal Navy and the East India Company.
George Hawks was [[Knights Templar (Freemasonry)|Grand Master of the Grand Cross Chapter of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem 
(Knights Templar)]]
The carriageway level of the High Level Bridge
Pembroke Square, Kensington was developed by the Hawks dynasty

The Royal British Columbia Museum possesses a trove of 42 letters written by Mary Moody from various colonies of the British Empire, mostly from the Colony of British Columbia (1858–66), to her mother and her sister, Emily Hawks, in England.

Philip Henry Nind

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English rower and gold commissioner in colonial British Columbia.

English rower and gold commissioner in colonial British Columbia.

In 1860 Nind took the position of Gold Commissioner and JP for Cariboo, British Columbia as the Cariboo Gold Rush was just getting under way.

Walter Moberly circa 1890, from the British Columbia Archives

Walter Moberly (engineer)

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Civil engineer and surveyor who played a large role in the early exploration and development of British Columbia, Canada, including discovering Eagle Pass, now used by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans-Canada Highway.

Civil engineer and surveyor who played a large role in the early exploration and development of British Columbia, Canada, including discovering Eagle Pass, now used by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans-Canada Highway.

Walter Moberly circa 1890, from the British Columbia Archives

In 1865, he was appointed Assistant Surveyor General of the Colony of British Columbia.

James Orr (Canadian politician)

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English-born political figure in British Columbia.

English-born political figure in British Columbia.

He explored for a railway route on behalf of the Colony of British Columbia in 1865.