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Series S17 - Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company records

Interior Fiji plant; page 48 Fiji locomotive #5 on bridge Fiji album page 33 Fiji album page 34 Fiji album page 35 Fiji album page 36 Fiji album page 37 Fiji album page 38 Fiji album page 39 Fiji album page 40 Fiji album page 41 Fiji album page 42 Fiji album page 43 Fiji working in cane fields Page 3 [Fiji, crushing mill engine] Page 3 [Fiji, railway tracks] Page 3 [Fiji, train cars with sugar cane] Page 4 [Fiji, double crushing mill] Fiji working in cane fields page 53-54 Fiji working in cane fields page 53-54 Fiji, evaporators ca. 1905 page 49 Fiji cane cars and factory Fiji, unloading cane cars at factory page 47 Fiji - locomotive #5 (Baldwin) 1 Fiji - bridge replacing, old 1 shilling bridge 2 Fiji - bridge replacing, old 1 shilling bridge Man and dog on path through palm trees Two rowboats being rowed in front of buildings and palm trees View of river, buildings and factory View of the river and the Fiji plant Loaded plantation train on a bridge Fiji album page 43 [view across river and fields] Fiji album page 41 [view of bridge across river] Fiji album page 40 [view of building under construction] Fiji album page 39 [view across cane fields] Fiji album page 38 [view across fields and river] General Arrangement of Quadruple Effet 10,000 [unknown symbol] H.S.

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Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company records

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AM1592-S17

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  • 1902-1927 (Creation)
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    Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company

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0.60 m textual records and other materials

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(1905-1922)

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The Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company was founded in 1905 by a number of Board members and larger investors in the British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Limited, led by B.T. Rogers. The Company purchased as an ongoing concern a sugar cane plantation and cane mill at Tamanua, Fiji. Between 1905 and 1907 ownership of the Company was transferred in stages to the British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Limited, from which time it operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BC Sugar.

The intention of creating the Vancouver-Fiji company was to have a reliable source of raw sugar that BC Sugar controlled, to supply their Vancouver refinery. However, the Vancouver-Fiji company was never able to deliver a supply that was adequate or reliable enough to meet the parent company's needs. Despite considerable investments in the Tamanua mill after 1905, it persistently operated at a loss and the mill was never able to acquire adequate cane supplies to make the project viable.

In 1922, the Vancouver-Fiji operations began to decline and they ceased operations entirely in 1925. In 1927, the company was wound up by BC Sugar.

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Series consists of files of the Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company, including records of the planatation and factory acquired at the time of purchase.

The records include annual reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ledgers, blueprints and other materials related to the operations and eventual sale of the Vancouver-Fiji Sugar Company.

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42 technical drawings. - 36 photographs. - 24 architectural drawings. - 2 photo albums (161 photographs). - 1 seal

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