RBCM Archives

Vancouver Island. Governor (1851-1864 : Douglas)

Identity area

Type of entity

Government

Authorized form of name

Vancouver Island. Governor (1851-1864 : Douglas)

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Governor

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1849-1866

History

The first governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island, Richard Blanshard, was appointed in 1849 by royal commission (21 July 1849, Queen Victoria). 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 (James Douglas) and employees of the company. In 1849, Vancouver Island was granted to the company as a colony. Blanshard arrived in Victoria in March 1850 to take up the position of Governor. The instructions issued to him included the authority to issue writs of summons and writs of elections, administer oaths, grant or withhold assent to bills, appoint and suspend public officials as instructed by the Crown, grant pardon or clemency to persons convicted in colonial courts, issue marriage licenses, and ensure that proper records were kept of all matters within the jurisdiction of the colony. Blanshard resigned in 1851 and James Douglas was appointed as Governor of the colony. The Hudson’s Bay Company grant expired in 1859 and Britain assumed responsibility for the Colony of Vancouver Island. Douglas continued as Governor until 1863 when he retired and Arthur Edward Kennedy was appointed. Kennedy remained in that position until 1866 when the colony was united with the Colony of British Columbia.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Authority to issue writs of summons and writs of elections, administer oaths, grant or withhold assent to bills, appoint and suspend public officials as instructed by the Crown, grant pardon or clemency to persons convicted in colonial courts, issue marriage licenses, and ensure that proper records were kept of all matters within the jurisdiction of the colony.

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

A Government Name

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

British Columbia (Colony). Governor (1864-1869 : Seymour) (1858-1871)

Identifier of the related entity

342

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Control area

Description identifier

343

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

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Central Name Authority File

Maintenance notes

There are 3 access points for this entry.