RBCM Archives

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Identity area

Type of entity

Government

Authorized form of name

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Dept. of Lands and Works
  • British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1871-1908

History

The Dept. of Lands and Works was established in 1871 under the Constitution Act (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, the origins of the department were in the offices of the Surveyor General for the Colony of Vancouver Island (1859-1866) and the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General for the Colony of British Columbia (1859-1871). The mandate of the department was to grant permission for the pre-emption of unoccupied, unsurveyed, and unreserved Crown lands, issue Crown grants and grant leases of Crown lands, oversee all survey and map functions, and construct and repair roads, bridges and buildings for public services. It was also responsible for promoting immigration. The Dept. of Lands and Works was headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works and Surveyor General. By 1899, the department was organized into two branches: Lands Branch and Works Branch. In 1908 the Dept. of Lands and Works was disestablished with an amendment to the Constitution Act (SBC 1908, c. 12). Its functions were assigned to two new departments: the Dept. of Lands (SBC 1908, c. 31) and the Dept. of Public Works (SBC 1908, c. 41).

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

A Government Name

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)

Identifier of the related entity

16

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept. (1859-1871)

Identifier of the related entity

5

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works (1908-1975)

Identifier of the related entity

132

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Control area

Description identifier

131

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Michael Carter 2008-07-31

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Central Name Authority File

Maintenance notes

Created by: Michael Carter