Fonds RBSC-ARC-1635 - John Work fonds

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John Work fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1635

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  • 1851 (Creation)
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    Work, John

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1 cm of textual records

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(1792-1861)

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John Work (originally "Wark") was born in Cork, Ireland and joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1814. He served first at York Factory and then in the Severn River district. In 1823 he was sent to the Pacific coast, for which region he became chief trader in 1830, and was stationed at Fort Simpson from 1832-1852. He was appointed chief factor in 1846 and was frequently in charge of trading missions, including one to Sacramento, California. From 1853 until his death he lived at Victoria and was a member of the Vancouver Island House of Assembly.

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The fonds consists of Work's handwritten diary of a trip from Fort Simpson to the Queen Charlotte Islands (May 13-26, 1851) to investigate the reported gold discoveries there.

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Call Number: VF-146

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