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Title External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Jan-June 1884
Author Lowe, John
Date Jan-Jun 1884
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 9
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to agent appointments, figures for immigrant arrivals, the alleged decrying of Nova Scotia as a field of immigration by a parliamentary member, demands for labour, instructions on assisted passage from Shetland, instructions on the immigration of deaf mutes, Irish emigration, an agreement with the New York Erie Railroad Company for passage to Winnipeg and mention of the unsuitability of Lady Hobart's 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, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Canada; Shetland, Scotland
Nationality English; Irish; Scottish; European
Ships SS Oxenholme
Keywords agent, finance, politics, labourer, disability, shipping, railway, employment, labour
Language English
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, July-Dec 1884
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