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Title External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, July-Dec 1884
Author Lowe, John; Smith, Goldwin
Date Jul-Dec 1884
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 10
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, appointment of staff, the release of SS Oxenholme from quarantine, the unsuitability of Lady Hobart's emigrants for agricultural labour, results of cattle inspections and shipping of livestock, continental immigrants, including the loss of immigrants from Antwerp to Manitoba who did not arrive, the emigration of unsuitable persons, money for children brought over by the Canadian Catholic Emigration Committee, reports of tenant farmers, emigration during the winter months and rates of assisted passage.
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; Belgium; Romania
Country (to) Canada
Places Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ports Antwerp, Belgium; Liverpool, England
Nationality English; Belgian; European
Ships SS Oxenholme; SS Daniel Steinman
Keywords agent, finance, shipping, quarantine, agriculture, employment, labourer, livestock, farming, child migration, societies, climate, assisted emigration, religion, philanthropy, Catholicism
Language English
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Jan-June 1884
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