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Title London High Commissioner. Emigration. W. T. R. Preston's Report, 1901-1906 [Folder 1]
Author Preston, W T R
Date 1901-1906
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-38-5-E Volume 499, Folder 1
Library / Archive Libraries and Archives Canada
Collection Name High Commission: Emigration
Description W. T. R. Preston's letters on emigration from Europe, including information on visits to European emigration agents. Includes letters on difficulties with the Beaver Line agent, the requested migration of Russian, Bulgarian and Romanian Jewish refugees, the Prince of Wales Colonisation Society in Bulgaria and the supply of advice literature in different languages for emigration to Canada.
Series Description Miscellaneous subject files, 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; Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation; Displaced Persons and Refugees
Country (from) Great Britain; Romania
Country (to) Canada
Places Sofia, Bulgaria; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ports Liverpool, England; Rotterdam, Holland; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality English; Romanian; Russian; Bulgarian; European
Ships SS Tunisian; SS Arcadia; SS Lucania
People Lord Strathcona (Smith, Donald Alexander)
Keywords agent, Beaver Line, Jewish, refugee, shipping, Hamburg-Amerika Line, advice literature, finance
Language English; German
Document(s) linked to London High Commissioner. Emigration. W. T. R. Preston's Reports, 1899-1900
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