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United Empire Loyalist collection : [1769-1836]

  • CA PCA Acc4063
  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1976

Although not a prime destination for the emigrants and disbanded soldiers fleeing America in the aftermath of the revolution, approximately 550 (encouraged by the Island government's offer of land) did settle on Prince Edward Island. 315 land grants were made to the Loyalists, however, most of the land granted was disputed property. By 1790 half of those granted land had left the Island. Despite numerous attempts to settle the Loyalist land claims the issue was not resolved until 1860 by the Land Commission with an acknowledgment of injustice and of the impracticality of the allotting of land to the numerous descendants of the Loyalists. The Island Loyalists represented a cross-section of late-eighteenth century society - most were farmers, fishermen and tradesmen; there were also merchant businessmen and professionals. A few also went on to hold political offices (such as Edmund Fanning, who served as Lieutenant Governor from 1786 to 1805).

This fonds consists of a microfilm copy of primarily government documents which may contain information pertaining to the Loyalists: Lieutenant Governor's Letter Books, Collector of Customs Letter Books, Impost ledgers, shipping records, Commission Books, Supreme Court minutes, Judgment Books, Quit Rent and Land Tax Books and the Smith-Alley papers.

Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

Examination record of W. Edward Aitken

  • CA PCA Acc4095
  • Collection
  • 1926

The collection consists of the examination record in violin of William Edward Aitken from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, February 1926. The document was discovered in the case of a violin made by his uncle William Aitken, a skilled carpenter from Kings County, Prince Edward Island.

Aitken, William Edward

Retail stores in Charlottetown

  • CA PCA Acc4100
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890?]

This collection contains three images of retail stores in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. One is identified as James Paton & Co., a second as McK_____?, Groceries, and a third with staff? posed in doorway is unidentified.


St. Andrews Church, St. Andrew's photograph : [ca. 1880]

  • CA PCA Acc4116
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1880]

The collection consists of one photograph of the interior of St. Andrew's Church, St. Andrews, Prince Edward Island, taken ca. 1880, following renovations. The church burned in 1946.

This was the second St. Andrew's Church built in 1862 to replace a smaller church by the same name. The original St. Andrew's Church building was moved to Charlottetown in 1864 to become the schoolhouse for St. Joseph's Convent.


Henry Wolsey Bayfield : [ca. 1840]

  • CA PCA Acc4156
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1840]

This collection consists of a coloured photograph of a painting of Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, ca. 1840. Admiral Bayfield was born in Hull Yorkshire England in 1795. He joined the Royal Navy in 1806 at age 11. He was appointed Admiralty Surveyor in British North America in 1817 and surveyed North American waters. Bayfield became and Commander of the Royal Navy in 1826, a Vice-Admiral in 1863 and an Admiral in 1867. He was married to Fanny Wright with whom he had 6 children.


F. W. Hyndman photograph

  • CA PCA Acc4163
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1895]

This collection consists of a photograph by C. Lewis of the cast of unidentified play. The group includes F. W. Hyndman as well as Major Weeks and Major Bartlett.

Lewis, C.

Clow family photograph collection

  • CA PCA Acc4202
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1900-1910]

The collection consists of some 23 photographs of Murray Harbour North ca. 1900. The majority are of the original Clow house and grounds with shops and outbuildings. Most of the people are unidentified although it is likely that they were members of the family or relatives. It is possible that some of the unidentified locales, particularly those featuring the high wooden fences and the greenhouse are from the United States, possibly the Boston area.

Clow (Family), Murray Harbour North (P.E.I.)

George Forbes collection

  • CA PCA Acc4204
  • Collection
  • 1886-1893

The collection consists of a ledger assumed to be from the Forbes business in Vernon River Bridge and two calendars from Prince of Wales College and Normal School in Charlottetown for 1892/93 and 1893/94. The ledger contains accounts of oats shipped by various vessels and disposed of through the store.

The calendars from Prince of Wales contain entrance examinations, roster of staff, course of study and timetable, honours lists, graduating diplomas, medalists, scholarships, and lists of students in attendance with their ages and place of residence.

Forbes, George

John Brooks collection : [ca. 193?, 1976]

  • CA PCA Acc4223
  • Collection
  • Copied 1991

The collection consists of a paper by Nelda Lund on the history and operation of the Murray Harbour Starch Factory and three photographs of the Murray Harbour area including one of the starch factory with David Brooks' house in the background, one of the cheese factory at Toronto, and one of the Fred Prowse home.

Brooks, John

Hillsborough/Fairview/Montague II ferry plans collection

  • CA PCA Acc4236
  • Collection
  • [1893?], 1930-1935

The collection consists of 2 midship section plans for the "Hillsborough" showing paddlewheel, shaft, keelson etc.; 1 plan of the "Montague II" containing sections from above of the boat and main decks; and 10 drawings of the "Fairview" including plans for her life boats.

Prince Edward Island. Department of Public Works

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