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Title Overseas Settlement, 1924-1934
Author Obed Smith, J
Date Feb 1924 - Jul 1934
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-38-5-E Volume 550, Folder 2
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name High Commission: British Overseas Settlement Board
Description Letters and reports covering the Canadian Pacific Railway Company land settlement scheme, Hudson's Bay Company men's training scheme, Hull training scheme for boys, expenses related to Dr Barnardo's, Mr Fegan's Homes, the Salvation Army and YMCA assistance for juvenile migrants, bonus payments and various agreements related to emigration. Includes a report by the Oversea Settlement Committee on their visit to Canada in 1926, a report on group settlements in Western Australia and general end of year reports.
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; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada; Australia; New Zealand
Places Scotland; Quebec, Canada; Western Australia, Australia
Nationality English; European
Keywords Canadian Pacific Railway, assisted emigration, child migration, settlement, Young Men's Christian Association, Barnardos, Catholic Emigration Association, societies, Salvation Army, soldier, family, industry, employment, mining
Language English
Copyright Library and Archives Canada