1849-1886: Gaols during the colonial era

Until the first gaol for sentenced prisoners was built in New Westminster in 1886 (a 12-cell facility on Clarkson Street), prisoners from the colony of British Columbia were held in the Victoria Gaol on Bastion Square. The most prevalent crimes during this period were larceny (theft), assault, being drunk and disorderly conduct (illegal sale of alcohol). Other crimes included murder, horse stealing and stabbings.

Slideshow of gaols during colonial times

First gaol staff in Kamloops during search for notorious outlaw Billy Miner during the turn of the century

First gaol staff in Kamloops during search for notorious outlaw Billy Miner during the turn of the century.