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Title London High Commissioner. Emigration. W. T. R. Preston's Reports, 1899-1900
Author Preston, W T R; Lord Strathcona (Smith, Donald Alexander); Russell, Charles
Date 1899-1900
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-38-5-E Volume 498, Folder 5
Library / Archive Library 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 in Antwerp and Hamburg. Includes lists of Russian families desirous of emigrating to Canada, letters referring to the employment of Finnish labourers, rates of passage, Galician immigration and agreements for various emigration agents.
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
Country (from) Great Britain; Russia; Germany; Poland; Finland
Country (to) Canada
Ports Antwerp, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Hull, Liverpool, England
Nationality English; Russian; German; Polish; Finnish; European
Ships SS Carthaginian
Keywords labourer, agriculture, family, finance, advice literature, employment, Allan Line, agent, legislation
Language English
Document(s) linked to London High Commissioner. Emigration. W. T. R. Preston's Report, 1901-1906 [Folder 1]
London High Commissioner. Emigration. W. T. R. Preston's Report, 1901-1906 [Folder 2]
Copyright Library and Archives Canada