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 50 Vic. Transfer of Mount Douglas Reserve, &c. 335
RETURN
To an Order of the House for a Return of all copies of correspondence between the
Government and the Municipal Council of the City of Victoria, respecting the
transfer of Mount Douglas Reserve, in Victoria District, to the Corporation of
Victoria City.
JNO. ROBSON,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
18th February, 1887.
The Clerk of the Municipal Council to the Provincial Secretary.
City Hall, Victoria, B.C., April 12th, 1884.
Deae Sir,-—I have the honour to forward, for the information of the Provincial Govern
merit, copy of a resolution passed by the Mayor and Council of this City on the 9th instant, as
follows, viz.:
" Be it resolved, That a respectful application be made to the Provincial Government that
they will convey the Mount Douglas Reserve to the Corporation of this City, in accordance
with a resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly during its last session."
Requesting a reply hereto at your earliest convenience, for the information of the Mayor
and Council, I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. Leigh, C.M.O.
The Provincial Secretary to the Clerk of the Municipal Council.
Victoria, B. C, 15th April,  1884.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 12th instant,
transmitting a resolution of the Council applying for a conveyance of Mount Douglas Reserve
to the Corporation.
The records referring to the Reserve in question are being examined, and  the  conclusion
of the Government thereanent will be duly communicated to you.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Jno. Robson,
Provincial Secretary.
The Clerk of the Municipal Council to the Provincial Secretary.
City Hall, Victoria, 19th June, 1884.
Sir,—At  the  regular meeting of the Municipal  Council,  held  last evening,  I was, by
resolution, instructed to communicate with you and ascertain whether the Provincial Government have yet come   to  any  conclusion in  regard  Mount Douglas  Reserve,  and  which the
Corporation asked to have conveyed to them.   ■
I have, <&c.,
(Signed)        James D. Robinson, C.M.C.
The Provincial Secretary to the Clerk of the Municipcd Council.
Victoria, B. C, 23rd June, 1884.
Sir,—Replying to your letter of the 19th instant, having reference to the conveyance of
Mount Douglas Reserve to the Corporation of Victoria, I have to state, for the information of
His Worship the  Mayor and  City Council, that the Government do not consider that they
possess the power to make such conveyance.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Jno. Robson,
Provincial Secretary. 336 Transfer of Mount Douglas Reserve, &c. 1887
Clerk of the Municipal Council to the Provincial Secretary.
City Hall, Victoria, 17th July, 1884.
Sir,—At the regular meeting of the Municipal Council, held last evening, I was, by
resolution, instructed to communicate with the Government and City members, calling attention
to the Reserves in New Westminster having been deeded over to the Corporation of that City,
and to request that the Government would deed over all the Reserves within the limits of the
City of Victoria to the Corporatioir, the said Reserves, the Council consider, they are reasonably
entitled to, as well as the Mount Douglas Reserve, which has already been applied for, but up
to the present time not complied with.
I have, (fee,
(Signed)        James D. Robinson, C.M.C.
The Minister of Finance to the Mayor and Council.
Victoria, B. C, December 28th, 1885.
Gentlemen,—In view of the rapid growth and great prospective importance of Victoria,
it appears to me that the natural enlargement of its public park accommodation is an urgerrt
necessity, and inasmuch as Mount Douglas seems to have been intended for that purpose, I
think the time has arrived when it should be placed under the direct control of the City
Corporation.
The fact that the picturesque grounds in question are being gradually denuded of their
forest charms by vandal hands increases the urgency of the case.
Before, however, taking any steps towards bringing about such an arrangement, I would
be glad to be informed whether the Corporation would be prepared  to  accept the duties arid
responsibility involved in the transfer of Mount Douglas to the City.
An early answer will much oblige.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Simeon Duck,
Minister of Finance.
The Cterk of the Municipal Council to the Minister of Finance.
City Hall, Victoria, B. C, 7th January, 1886.
Sir,—At the regular meeting of the Council, held last evening, the Park Committee,
reported on your communication dated 28th ult., and also on the interviews held regarding
the transfer of Mount Douglas, Lots at James' Bay, and the Gaol Site at Bastion Square, and
the following resolution was passed, viz.:
" That the report be received and the City Barrister- instructed to prepare a conveyance of
James Bay Lots and Mount Douglas on the terms agreed upon, and the remainder of the
report (viz.: Gaol Site, which is to be referred to a vote of the people whether it is to be used
as a Public Market or Court House) to be referred to the incoming Council to take action in
the matter."
I have, &c,
(Signed)"      James D. Robinson, C.M.C.
The City Barrister to the Minister of Finance.
City Hall, Victoria, B. C, 26th January, 1886.
Sir,—In reference to your letter of the 28th ult., to the Mayor and Council, suggesting
that certain lands should be placed under the control of the City, I have the honour to inform
you that the matter having been referred to the Park Committee of the Council, that
Committee on the 6th inst. reported as follows :—
" In regard to the transfer to the City of certain lands held by the Provincial Government,
" your Committee beg to state that they have held several meetings with Hon. Chief Com-
" missioner and Hon. Finance Minister in regard to the matter, which resulted as follows : 50 Vic. Transfer of Mount Douglas Reserve, &c. 337
" 1. The Government will hand over7 the property known as Mount Douglas to be used as
" a Public Park :
" 2.  Certain Lots situated at James' Bay to be used as Public Gardens :
" 3. The property now used as Lock-up, &c, facing Bastion Square and Langley Street,
"&c, on the following conditions, viz.: whether the site shall be used as a Public Market or
" Court House, the decision to he arrived at by a vote of the people.
" Your Committee beg to recommend the acceptance of the before-mentioned properties,
" under the conditions stated, as early as possible.
"They would also state that the Government have shown their willingness, under certain
" conditions, to hand over to the City the strip of land immediately in front of the Government
" offices and facing the water, as a promenade. The conditions are : That the City purchase
"the land immediately adjoining and extending along the water front as far as Montreal St."
I have further to inform you that, on consideration of this report, I have been instructed
by the Council to prepare a conveyance of the lots on James' Bay and Mount Douglas, on the
terms agreed upon.
I now beg that you will supply me with such further particulars respecting the matters
referred to as are necessary to enable me to carry out my instructions.
I have, (fee,
(Signed)        Edwin Johnson,
Legal. Adviser to the Corporation.
The Minister of Finance to the City Barrister.
Treasury, Victoria, B. C, May 3rd, 1886
Sir,—-In reply to your communication of the 26th June [January ?] last, I have the honour
to inform you that the Government are willing to convey to the City of Victoria the following
lands, being the property of the Crown, oir the conditions hereinafter mentioned, that is to
say : 1st, Mount Douglas Reserve for a Public Park, the Corporation assuming the responsibility of the proposed transfer. 2nd, The lots north of Dallas Road and bordering upon the
south.of James' Bay, for a public esplanade, it being understood that from time to time, when
convenient, the services of the chain-gang may be utilized in assisting the Council with such
improvements as may be deemed necessary to carry out the desired object, and that the City
will purchase the intervening lots owned by private parties and complete the work as soon as
circumstances will admit. 3rd, The twelve lots, 1956 to 1967, both inclusive, situated between
Michigan and Superior Streets, and being the western portion of Block 66, for a Public Garden,
Park, or Pleasure Ground, either as at present situated or to be exchanged for a more suitable
locality within the City. 4th, Block 50, containing eighteen lots, for a Public Park, Garden,
or Pleasure Ground, the Council agreeing to make whatever improvements may be required
for that purpose. For your information I beg to state the above propositions are submitted,
each upon its own merits, and may be agreed to collectively or separately.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Simeon Duck,
Minister of Finance.
The City Barrister to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
City Hall, Victoria, B. 0., 1st June, 1886.
Sir,—I have the honour to hand you herewith, for approval, the drafts of four conveyances
of the lands which the Government has agreed to convey to the City of Victoria.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Edwin Johnson.

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