File 2009.5.3 - The Bourchier Album

Mountain View from the Clearwater River Fraser River at the Mouth of the Clearwater River Clearwater River, BC Clearwater River, BC Opening of the River above the Grand Canyon of the Fraser Top of Grand Canyon of the Fraser from Portage trail Entering the Grand Canyon of the Fraser by Canoe Men Lining a Scow in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser Crew on Scow in Grand Canyon of the Fraser Scow's Last Lap Scow in the Lower Grand Canyon of the Fraser Scow in Upper Grand Canyon of the Fraser Scow Turning in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser Men Lining a Scow in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser Dangerous Point at Giscome Rapids Ah Yee at Giscome Meikle's Cabin at the Mouth of the Clearwater Billy Barnett Sitting in Canoe Camp at Portage in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser Camp in Upper Grand Canyon of the Fraser Six Men Standing with Oars & Poles Crew Eating in Camp Horses & Sled at Alexandria Road House Changing Horses on the Cariboo Road Covered Wagons on Front Street, Quesnel Occidental Hotel on Front Street, Quesnel Hudson Bay Company Post at Fort George, BC Fort George from Across the Fraser River Church at Fort George Reserve, BC Crew Seated in Camp Riverbank Cliffs Bob Potts Cooking on Red Deer River Bob Potts Cooking in Campsite Bob Potts with Crew in Camp Bourchier Supply Camp Crew Sitting on Felled Logs in Forest Crew & Infant Posed by Large Building Men in Boat with Forest Slash Man Paddling Canoe on River Canoe at Forestry Camp on River Settlement on River Shore Billy Seymour Breaking Trail for Dog Team Bourchier Scow on Fraser River, BC Formal Group Eating on Bourchier Scow Bourchier Scow on Upper Fraser River, BC Trading Post at Summit Lake, BC Government Agent Tom Herne at South Forth George, BC Police Barracks at Mile 29 Police Barracks at Mile 47 Distant View of Tete Jaune Cache, BC
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The Bourchier Album

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  • [ca. 1895 - 1950] (Creation)

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158 photographs : b&w

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(9 April 1875 – 20 January 1946)

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Born in Ontario on April 9, 1875, Alan Kirby “A.K.” Bourchier was Hugh Taylor’s cousin, related through Hugh's mother Lucy (nee Bourchier) Taylor. Mr. Bourchier and his wife Lillian were early pioneers of the Central Interior: moving to Alberta in 1902 and continuing on to South Fort George in 1906. Working for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, A.K. Bourchier operated a supply freight transport business via scow and crew on the Fraser River in support of the railway construction camps. From 1911 to 1912, the Bourchiers operated a store at Tete Jaune while it was still a thriving construction camp.

A.K. Bourchier also served as Justice of the Peace for South Fort George. In 1913, Stipendiary Magistrate T. Herne took a six month leave of absence for which he was never officially replaced. Instead Mr. Bourchier, as Justice of the Peace for South Fort George, and Mr. Perkins, Justice of the Peace for Fort George, were expected to absorb Herne’s extensive magisterial responsibilities. Given the massive workload now beholden to both men, and the keen need for law enforcement in the Central Interior, Bourchier resigned from his position as Justice of the Peace in protest of the lack of government support.

At about the same time, the South Fort George townsite was placed on the open market and Mr. Bourchier was commissioned to clear lots during these boom days. Later, with Mrs. Bourchier, he ran the South Fort George post office for a short time and from ca.1915 through to the late 1930s, Mr. Bourchier also operated as a local auctioneer and appraiser. In March 1917, it is also reported that A. K. Bourchier took over the business of the Northern Hotel at South Fort George.

After the death of Deputy Sheriff Andrew Siddal in January 1942, A.K. Bourchier became Acting Deputy Sheriff. He served in this capacity under M.C. Wiggins until the latter retired as county sheriff in August 1943. That same month, Mr. Bourchier was appointed sole Sheriff of the vast area of the Cariboo/Central Interior until the eventual appointment of another sheriff across the Rockies in Dawson Creek.

Alan Kirby Bourchier died of an undisclosed illness at the Prince George Hospital in January 1946 at the age of 71.

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This photograph album consists of photographs of remote police barracks at Mile 47 and Mile 29; early settlements and/or mercantile stores at Tete Jaune Cache, McBride, Sand Creek, Fort George and South Fort George; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway forestry and railway camps; scows and paddlewheel conveyors on the Fraser River; automobiles; community leisure activities; as well as, images of the Bourchier family. The following South Fort George establishments are identifiable within these photographs: Empress Hotel, Ah Yee General Merchant, German Bakery, Northern Hotel, South Fort George Drug Store & Post Office, St. Michael’s Church, Prince George Hotel, Ford Monarch dealership, Astoria Hotel, and King George V Elementary School. Identified geographic locations featured in these photographs include: Tete Jaune, Upper Fraser, Mile 47, Mile 29, Fraser River, Mt. Robson, McBride, Sand Creek, Glacier Mountain, Moose River, Giscome Portage, Pott Falls, Red Deer River, Grand Canyon, Summit Lake, Canoe Pass, Connaught Hill, Nechako Bridge, and Island Cache.

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Northern BC Archives & Special Collections.

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.Tiff & Jpg

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Personal or academic use of photographic materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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File is part of the Taylor-Baxter Family Photograph Collection. See also item 2009.5.1.83 for photograph believed to depict Lillian and A.K. Bourchier.

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