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HISTORY OF WORK POINT BARRACKS

by Jack Bates

PART 1 — 1842 to 1886


1885

Daily Colonist
September 12, 1885

Robbery at Esquimalt

Several days ago a robbery was committed at Esquimalt. H.C. Heath was working on Mr. Innes new residence at the Dockyard, and hung his vest and watch on a nail in the house. While he was absent for a short time, some one stole the watch from his pocket. At the hotel that night another man’s pockets were gone through and several dollars stolen. A man named McGowan, an American, was suspected and constable Campbell has been on the lookout for him since. Yesterday officer Lindsay came across him on Government street and arrested him, taking him to the police barracks. The watch was not in his possession, and his total finances amounted to fifty cents.


1886

Daily Colonist
July 18, 1886

THE DEFENCES OF ESQUIMALT

Esquimalt Necessary to the Life of the Colonial Empire

A portion of an article reads about arguments put forth by Captain Edward Palliser "in a report to Sir Adophe Caron K.C.M.G., Minister of Defence and Militia for the Dominion of Canada, on the fortification of Esquimalt, and on the value of that station as an outpost, not only to the Dominion but of the Empire. The Canadian Government has lately decided to spend 20,000 lbs on earthworks for the defence of the Imperial arsenal of Esquimalt to establish a Canadian corps of regular artillery there, and to organize the militia of British Columbia. In addition to this, the English government have voted 30,000 lbs for the necessary armament of the fortifications which the Canadian authorities will supply."


continued in Part 2 ...