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Title External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Jan-June 1886
Author Lowe, John
Date Jan-Jun 1886
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 13
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to complaints made against the French emigration agent, amendments made to Scandinavian emigration pamphlets, certificates of arrival, the emigration of a girl from Swedish prison and the theft she committed in Canada, employment of mechanics in Manitoba, the promotion of emigration from Iceland to Canada and houses for Imperial cavalry.
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; France; Sweden; Iceland
Country (to) Canada
Places Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Ports Liverpool, England
Nationality English; French; Swedish; Icelandic; European
Keywords agent, crime, theft, prison, child migration, employment, mechanics, assisted emigration, soldier, accommodation
Language English; French
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, July 1886-Dec 1887
Copyright Library and Archives Canada