This photograph, taken in 1862, shows the Cariboo Gold Escort in Barkerville - well-armed men who provided security for gold being sent South to New Westminster (the capital of the Colony of British Columbia at that time).
It seems that the Escorts were set up by the Government and were in operation by 1861, but they weren't used much because the government couldn't guarantee safe delivery of the gold.
This copy of the photo was purchased from Thinkstock.
Copies (and possibly the original photograph) are available in the "BC Archives - Collection Series" at the Royal BC Museum, and in the "Rare Books and Special Collections" at the University of British Columbia Library.
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