HISTORY OF WORK POINT BARRACKS
by Jack Bates
PART 1 — 1842 to 1886
Still requiring a local militia in Victoria, on March 19, The Victoria Rifle Volunteer Corps was formed. There were two companies, they established a camp at Beacon Hill Park and functioned until December 1873, when they also disbanded.
On August 6, 1866, the United Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia was established, with the capital in Victoria and Frederick Seymour its first governor.