Register of fiats for school land sales Help

Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-173

Register of fiats for school land sales

About these records

Register of fiats for school land sales
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

1 volume of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of a register listing "Fiats in School Townships" which were issued by the Surveyor General's Office between 1824 (# 1) and 1845 (#178). In the late 1790s, townships, six of which were located east of York, as well as parts of two additional townships, were set aside as "school townships" to help support grammar schools and King's College, York. Few sales were made and, under an order-in- council dated 14 May 1823, the school lands were placed at the disposal of the General Board of Education for Upper Canada, which was given responsibility for selling them off. Although the powers of the General Board of Education were terminated in 1833, school reserves continued to be sold by agents which it had appointed as well as by the Commissioner of Crown Lands. After 1841, responsibility for the reserves, now known as grammar school lands, was placed under the control of the Commissioner of Crown Lands.

An alphabetical index by purchaser's name is located at the back of the volume.

Entries record: the Surveyor General's Office number; the Attorney General's Office number; the name, occupation and place of residence of the purchaser; the lot, concession, township and acreage of the land granted; the date of the Attorney General's fiat; and a description number. School land sales descriptions are identified with the prefix "SLS". Some entries also note the purchase price received, and the name of the person or body to whom the monies were paid.

Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. No restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were acquired via direct transfer from the Department of Lands and Forests.
Related Material

Sub-series RG 1-6-9, Letters written by the Commissioner of Crown Lands to Heads of Departments, 1841-1868, includes correspondence relating to the operation of the Grammar School Fund.

Series RG 1-19, Commissioner of Crown Lands statement books, 1838-1927, contains statements regarding the sale of school lands.

Series RG 1-22, Statements and returns relating to the Public Improvement and Grammar School Funds, 1856-1862, deals with the sale of school lands.

Series RG 1-32, Registers of grammar and common school lands, ca. 1855-1922, lists grammar and school lands in the province.

Sub-series RG 1-53-28 consists of descriptions of school land sales for the period 1824-1915.

Series RG 2-1 consists of minutes of meetings of the General Board of Education for Upper Canada for the period 1823-1833. Sales of school lands were documented in the minutes of the Board.

Availability of Other Formats

The volume comprising this series was microfilmed by the Archives of Ontario as MS 693, reel 199.

Information found in Volume RG 1-173-0-1 is abstracted in the Ontario Land Records Index, available in the Archives' Main Reading Room. Copies of this Index have been distributed on microfiche to archives and libraries across Canada, the United States, and overseas.

Former Codes

Volume RG 1-173-0-1 formerly was RG 1 C-III-6, volume 1.

Finding Aid
No list is available for this series.

Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1824-1827 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA84)

1833-1845 :

Crown Lands Department (AA100) Office of the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

Volume RG 1-173-0-1 is available on self-service microfilm MS 693, reel 199.

Please note that microfilmed records are identified by their former reference codes.

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By Microfilm Interloan
These records are available through the Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.