About the FBCA

The Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) is an incorporated, non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership. Funds donated to the FBCA help preserve and protect our province’s past. All donations (beyond basic membership rates) are tax deductible. The FBCA is a registered charity and issues tax receipts for donations. For more information about the BC Archives visit http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/bcarchives/.


Friends of the British Columbia Archives was founded in 2000 and aims to:

  • Foster awareness and appreciation of the British Columbia Archives and an understanding of the documentary heritage of British Columbia.
  • Further understanding, communication, and cooperation between the British Columbia Archives and the people of British Columbia.
  • Assist the British Columbia Archives in acquiring, preserving, and making available records of historical significance.
  • Promote and support various public education activities in British Columbia’s documentary heritage.
  • Study and assist in developments in archival activities in British Columbia and elsewhere.
  • Receive donations, bequests, and other gifts, and generate revenue to further the aims of the organization.

Meetings, Lectures, and Workshops

The Annual General Meeting of the FBCA is held each year during the month of October.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter featuring articles about FBCA activities, the British Columbia Archives and its holdings, hints for researchers, and planned activities at the Archives

Lectures and workshops are offered throughout the year to members and the general public on topics connected with the Archives and its operations and the history of the province.

Contact Us

Email: FriendsOfBCArchives@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Snail Mail:

Friends of the BC Archives c/o The Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 9W2


7 thoughts on “About the FBCA

  1. I’m wondering if you could help me? I am writing a historical memoir about Florence Wilson. She was a theatrical legend during the Cariboo Gold Rush & as well as running the Theatre Royal in Barkerville, she ran 2 saloons. She had a literary background & arrived on the Brideship, The Tynemouth. I am particularly interested to know of any photos of her (1862-1875), what became of her when she left Barkerville in 1875. She would have been around 52. Did she have a child? Thank you,
    Dr Judith Booth, Independent Historian, Blue Mts Australia.
    PS She was my great, great great Aunt

      1. Hi Kelly,
        I didn’t know that you had a genealogy department. I have been transcribing and scanning documents and pictures that my mother (now 95) had been collecting throughout her life but also from her parents and other relatives, dating back in BC to late 1800s. We have donated photos but I am wondering about other genealogy information. What would you like and who would I send it to?

    1. Hello Judith: You might want to consult Kim Graham’s dissertation on the Victoria bride ships. She was a Cambridge student who traveled to BC to do research on the subject. It was submitted in April 2012. My great-grandmother Minnie Gillan and Florence Wilson were traveling companions on Tynemouth.

  2. Hi Sherri,
    Thanks for that info. Sorry I didn’t see your message until now. Coincidentally right now I am trying to find the travelling companions of Florence Wilson on the Tynemouth to see if there was any correspondence and to see if someone knows where Florence went after she left Barkerville. Can you please contact me on judith.booth@bigpond.com. I would be most interested to know more about Minne Gillan.

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