Fonds PR-136 - Irvine family fonds

View of Mount Douglas from Mount Tolmie View of Mount Douglas from Mount Tolmie View of St. Aidan's Church and nearby homes taken from Mount Tolmie View from Mount Tolmie of nearby farms View from Mount Tolmie of nearby farms and St. Aidan's Church Portrait of Annie Deans Kate Deans with James Deans (seated) and William Bruskey James Deans in First Nations costume Mary Jane Deans, daughter of George and Annie Deans Portrait of James Deans
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Irvine family fonds


  • [187- to 194- predominant] (Creation)

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1.7 linear m of textual records, photographs, ephemera, and other material.

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John Irvine was recruited in Orkney, Scotland in 1850 by the Hudson's Bay Company as a labourer for the Company's operations on Vancouver Island. He and his wife Jessie arrived in Victoria in 1851 aboard the HBC ship Tory. John Irvine worked at Craigflower Farm and later purchased land in the Cedar Hill area of Saanich where the family established a farm, Rose Bank. John and Jessie Irvine had six children: William (1851), Mary Anne (1853-1892), Jessie (1855), Christine (1858), John Irvine Jr. (1862-1948, Long Gun Jack) and Margaret (1865-1955).


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Donated to Saanich Archives in multiple accessions by family members, 1997-2015.

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Fonds consists of records relating to John and Jessie Irvine and their children of Rose Bank Farm, Cedar Hill and includes correspondence, financial records, ephemera, certificates, photographs, maps, books, and genealogical research. The fonds is arranged into 13 series: Financial and Household Records; Personal Papers; Schools; Churches; Ephemera; Maps; News Clippings; Publications; Reference Material; Artifacts; Sound Recordings; Photographs; and Oversized Material.

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Further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Associated material: Oral history interview with Jean Levis, 2010 (Accession number: 2010-040); Oral history interview with Barbara Brown, 2008 (Accession number: 2009-007)

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Accession number: 1998-006, 2007-013, 2008-008, 2008-014, 2011-024, 2011-036, 2012-018, 2014-011, 2014-016, 2015-002

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