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Title External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Aug-Dec 1880
Date Aug-Dec 1880
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 2
Library / Archive Libraries and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to tenant farmer delegates, assisted passages for agricultural labourers and the supply of pamphlets and maps offering advice to emigrants.
Series Description Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Biographical Note / History The Canadian High Commission to Britain was established on 10 June 1880. (Statutes of Canada, 43 Victoria., C11, 1880) When Sir Alexander Galt assumed the position of High Commissioner in 1880, his role was quasi-diplomatic. His responsibility was to conduct the business of the Canadian government in Great Britain. This meant all manner of government activity which would concern Canada, including defence arrangements, trade, finance, immigration, justice, shipping, etc. He was assisted in this work by representatives of various Canadian Government departments. But from the very beginning the High Commissioner began to act in a generally representative capacity and to perform tasks which were comparable to a diplomatic officer. The powers of the High Commissioner grew and by the early years of the twentieth century Lord Strathcona, High Commissioner from 1896-1914,had assumed responsibility for the overwhelming majority of the powers and responsibilities of the Canadian government in Great Britain.(Canada, House of Commons Debates, 5 December 1912).
Theme(s) Motives for Emigration; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Great Britain; Ireland
Country (to) Canada
Places Ottawa, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ports Liverpool, Great Britain; Limerick, Ireland; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality English; Scandinavian; European
Keywords emigration, farming, agent, finance, assisted emigration, child migration, female emigration, wages
Language English
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Jun-Jul 1880
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