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REPORT OF THE CURATOR OF THE PROVINCIAL MUSEUM. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1897

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 60 Vict. Provincial Museum Report. 825
REPORT
OF   THE
Curator of the Provincial Museum.
Victoria, March 16th, 1897
To the lion. J. II.  Turner,
Premier.
Sir,— I have the honour of submitting herewith a summary of the contents of the
Provincial Museum, together with such other information respecting the management, etc., of
said institution as in my opinion may prove of public interest.
The Museum was opened on the 2nd of December, 1886, but, owing to the limited space
then allotted it, very little progress was made towards increasing the collection until after its
removal to its present quarters in May, 1889, when the work of building up a Provincial
Museum was commenced in real earnest.
It will be gratifying for you to know that, from the very start, a host of frients sprang
up to lend it a helping hand, and valuable contributions have been received from every portion
of the Province, and I am pleased to inform you that this interest has not in the least abated ;
indeed, a greater number of valuable contributions have been received the last year than
during any previous year.
Owing to the crowded state of the present quarters preventing a proper arrangement of
specimens, no attempt has been made in the way of a classified catalogue, but such a catalogue,
together with a Visitors' Guide Book, will be proceeded with as soon as the collection is
arranged in the new quarters.
You will, I think, admit that the removal of the collection to a building where the
chances of fire will be so much reduced cannot take place too soon.
So far, I have not, to any great extent, taken advantage of the opportunities offered me
for exchanges with foreign museums, as I think much of the usefulness of our collection will
be in keeping it as near as possible a local one ; at least, this should be done until our own
resources are fully represented.
I would advise that the minerals be taken from the Museum and placed in the Depart-
of Mineralogy, under the care of the Provincial Mineralogist, which would seem to be the
proper place for them.
The staff of the Museum at present consists of three persons, viz., a Curator, Taxidermist,
and a caretaker and general assistant. All the work is done on the premises, the work-room
being pretty well equipped with the appliances for modern work.
The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturdays, on which days the place is closed
at 3 p.m.
You will see that the total number of specimens contained in the collection is 16,577.
During my visit East last summer, I made special inquiries respecting the cost of collecting
and maintaining similar institutions in England and the United States, and I must say that I
found none equal to this that had been got together in the same time and for the same amount
of money.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN FANNIN. 826
Provincial Museum Retort.
1897
Classified List.
Specimens.
Total.
1,663
Mammalia—Mammals.
Mounted, in cases	
41
»         outside    	
91
«         heads    	
17
Skins suitable for mounting or study	
311
Fully identified.
Aves—Birds.
460
Mounted, in cases	
416
»         outside        	
236
1,380
Fully identified and classified.
Oology—Birds' Eggs.
2 032
140
Partially identified.
33
Partially identified.
Ichthyology—Fishes.
Gelatine casts	
47
2
1
182
Fully identified.
232
Mollusca—Shells.
1,271
270
520
157
Partially identified and classified.
2,218
Insecta—Moths, Butterflies, &e	
1,700
618
Mostly identified.
2,318
Crustacea—Crabs, Shrimps, and Crayfish	
Mostly identified and classified.
206
Astekoidea—Star Fishes          	
230
Mostly identified.
Echmoidea—Sea Urchins	
51
Mostly identified.
Hydrocoealli^:—Polyps, &c	
60
Mostly identified.
Pobifera—Sponges	
22
Osteology—Skeletons, &c   	
309
In course of preparation	
64
Fully identified.
373
3,076
43
Mostly identified and classified.
3,119
Geology And Mineralogy 	
1,915
Carried forward	
15,072 60 Vict.
Provincial Museum Report.
827
Classified  List.—Concluded.
Specimens.
Total.
15,072
AuiM—Seaweeds, &e	
93
51
564
Fully identified and classified.
64
121
19
Foreign specimens received in exchange.
40
16
13
55
27
104
150
Wool	
405
Library.
138
50
188
16,577
VICTORIA, B. C:
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
1897. 

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