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Title Overseas Settlement, 1928-1930
Author Thomas, J H
Date Dec 1928 - Jul 1930
Document Type Correspondence; Report
Reference R219-38-5-E Volume 551, Folder 2
Library / Archive Library and Archives Canada
Collection Name High Commission: British Overseas Settlement Board
Description Letters and reports covering agreements made under the Empire Settlement Act with organisations such as the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, Nova Scotia Boys' Training Farm, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Hudson's Bay Company, Alberta Training Scheme for Youths, National Association of Boys' Clubs, Southern Irish Migration Society and others. Also includes agreements on medical fees, assistance available to families and for family reunions, information on the Clan Donald Colony and reports of the Oversea Settlement Committee 1928 and 1929.
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; Ireland
Country (to) Canada
Places Alberta, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba, Canada; Horsham, England
Ports Bristol, England
Nationality English; Irish; Scottish; European
Keywords settlement, family, statistics, assisted emigration, female emigration, farm school, Canadian Pacific Railway, child migration, domestic service, finance, British Legion, colony, Boy Scouts, religion, Young Men's Christian Association, Barnardos
Language English
Copyright Library and Archives Canada