Series GR-1448 - Centennial '58 Committee records

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Centennial '58 Committee records

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  • 1956-1962 (Creation)

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Originals, 9.3 m

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Records of the committee established by the Centennial Celebration Act of 1956 to celebrate the centenary of the mainland colony of British Columbia in 1958. Includes records of various sub-committees and applications from communities for provincial grants for commemorative projects. General chairman of the committee was L.J. Wallace, Deputy Provincial Secretary. Records in this unit were maintained by committee's secretary, W.B. Ireland, Provincial Librarian and Archivist.

GR-1448 consists of the files kept by W.E. Ireland who, in addition to his duties as Honorary Secretary, served as a member of the screening committee for applications for community projects. He also served as chairman of the subcommittee on Historic Sites and Publications which commissioned Margaret A. Ormsby's British Columbia: A History.

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Transferred from the office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary, 1975.


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The British Columbia Centennial '58 Committee was established under the Centennial Celebration Act of 1956 [45 Eliz. 2, c.56] to "make and carry out all necessary arrangements for the organizing of a suitable and effective celebration of the centenary of the founding of the Mainland Colony of British Columbia." The general chairman of the Committee was L.J. Wallace, Deputy Provincial Secretary; W.E. Ireland, Provincial Archivist and Librarian was Honorary Secretary. Seventeen subcommittees, responsible for such areas as athletic and sporting events, creative and cultural activities, and tourist promotion, were also established, along with hundreds of local community committees throughout the province. In addition to providing money for special celebrations and activities, the provincial government offered 60 cent per capita grants to communities wishing to undertake special centennial projects: projects included the construction of community halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, arenas, and the like. All told, over three hundred and forty such projects were approved.

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Accession number(s): G84-017

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