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Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane

 
 
Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
1. Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker
Inscription. You are standing in Bastion Square, a public space dating back to the Victorian Era.

There are many alleys and walkways to explore, connecting Bastion Square to nearby streets to see the heart of Victoria’s Old Town Historical Site. Chancery Lane warps around The Maritime Museum, linking Bastion Square to Boomerang Court. The Court was the home to the Boomerang Saloon, opened in 1858 by Ben and Adelaide Griffin, an English couple. Like many pioneers, the Griffins arrived in Victoria a the time of the Fraser Rive Gold Rush.

The word “chancery” means a court of justice. The Maritime Museum building was Victoria’s Court House from 1889 to 1962, and previously the site of Victoria’s jail and gallows. The nearby Boomerang Saloon was a popular place to socialize. It was busiest when people would gather to witness public hangings.

Photos courtesy BC Archives
 
Location. 48° 25.557′ N, 123° 22.148′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on Langley Street. Click for map. This marker is located near #18 Bastion Square. Bastion Square is located between Wharf and Government Streets at the foot of View Street. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Detain from the Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker - The Old Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
2. Detain from the Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker - The Old Jail
walking distance of this marker. Former Victoria Law Courts (here, next to this marker); Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (a few steps from this marker); Mizzen Mast – H.M.S. Algerine (a few steps from this marker); The Signing Post (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Amor De Cosmos, 1825-1897 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bank Building (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Victoria (about 90 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
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Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
3. Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane Marker
 
 
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