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Vancouver Island. Colonial Secretary

Identity area

Type of entity

Government

Authorized form of name

Vancouver Island. Colonial Secretary

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Colonial Secretary

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1859-1866

History

The first Colonial Secretary of the Colony of Vancouver Island, William A.G. Young, was appointed by Governor James Douglas in 1859. Prior to that, the affairs of the colony were also the affairs of the Hudson’s Bay Company and were administered by the chief factor (Douglas) and employees of the company. The Colonial Secretary was the administrative assistant to the Governor as well as keeper of the official record for the council, and later, of the Executive and Legislative Councils. From 1859 to 1863, one Colonial Secretary (William Young) served both the Colony of British Columbia and the Colony of Vancouver Island under Governor Douglas. In 1863, the Colonial Office in England instituted constitutional changes that required a separate government for each colony. Along with James Douglas, Young relinquished his position with the Colony of British Columbia but they kept their positions with the Colony of Vancouver Island. Douglas appointed Young, as Colonial Secretary, to the Executive Council, along with the Attorney-General, Treasurer, and Surveyor-General. The Governor was the presiding member, but in the event of his incapacity or absence from the colony, the Colonial Secretary became the officer administering the government. Young travelled to England in 1864/65, during which time Henry P. Wakeford, private secretary to Arthur Kennedy, the new governor of Vancouver Island (1864-1866), performed the duties of the Acting Colonial Secretary. Young returned to the position from 1865 to 1866. In November 1866, the Colony of Vancouver Island was united with the Colony of British Columbia, after which time there was a single Colonial Secretary for the united colony. Edwin Nesbitt served briefly as Colonial Secretary during the transition period. Arthur N. Birch was the first Colonial Secretary for the united Colony of British Columbia.

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Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The Colonial Secretary was the administrative assistant to the Governor as well as keeper of the official record for the council, and later, of the Executive and Legislative Councils.

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

A Government Name

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

British Columbia (Colony). Colonial Secretary (1859-1871)

Identifier of the related entity

3

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Control area

Description identifier

4

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Michael Carter 2008-07-28|MCARTER 2011-09-20

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Central Name Authority File

Maintenance notes

Created by: Michael Carter