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Title External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, June-Dec 1882
Author Lowe, John
Date Jun-Dec 1882
Document Type Correspondence
Reference R219-1-4-E Volume 6
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name Canada House Correspondence
Description Letters relating to scarcity of labour in the North-West Territory, finance for emigration, schemes for the migration of boys from more affluent classes, issues with the baggage of the deceased Mr John Smith, the alleged ill-treatment of destitute immigrants arriving in Canada, the appointment of officials and agents, information on German and Swedish migration, salaries and expenses of agents and the supply of pamphlets 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; German; Sweden
Country (to) Canada
Places Manitoba, Canada
Ports Gothenburg, Sweden
Nationality English; Irish; German; Swedish; European
Ships SS Peruvian
People Pocock, Captain C A B
Keywords farming, agriculture, labourer, finance, railway, finance, child migration, assisted emigration, Allan Line, poverty, exploitation
Language English
Document(s) linked to External Affairs. High Commissioner's Office, London. Series I. Department of Agriculture, Jan-May 1882
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