Peter O’Reillly is appointed stipendiary magistrate for Langley District, then Fort Hope, and then becomes high sheriff in 1859. The following year O’Reilly is also made a gold commissioner. O’Reilly serves until 1866 and is tasked with a variety of responsibilities including: hanging convicted criminals; issuing licenses; settling land and water claims; and marking boundaries, asserting British colonial control over Sto:lo territories.
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