Series GR-1450 - Centennial '71 Committee records

Jade and gemstone jewelry and a bear carved in jade, given to members of the Royal family to mark... Her Majesty's yacht, the Britannia, moored in Victoria's Inner Harbour during her visit Enthusiastic crowds with signs in Victoria welcoming Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke o...

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Centennial '71 Committee records

General material designation

  • textual record
  • sound recording

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1969-1972 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Centennial ’71 Committee

Physical description area

Physical description

14 m of textual material and 2 audio reels

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

The British Columbia Centennial ’71 Committee was established in 1969 by the British Columbia Centennial ’71 Celebration Act (Statutes of British Columbia, 1969,17-18 Eliz. 2, c. 2) to provide for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of British Columbia being admitted into the Dominion of Canada.

The members, honorary officers, and honorary members of the Committee were appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. The Board of Directors, consisting of eleven members selected by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, was responsible for the management and administration of the business and affairs of the Committee, including control of the revenues and expenditures. The Committee had the authority to appoint sub-committees, to establish a centennial advisory council, to make financial assistance grants, and to select an emblem for the Committee. Twenty-one sub-committees were appointed and three hundred and seventy Local Centennial Committees were established in communities throughout the province.

The chairman of the Committee was Lawrence J. Wallace, who was also Deputy Provincial Secretary. Funding was provided by the Government of British Columbia and by other grants and gifts. The duties, functions and powers of the Committee included:
1. making and carrying out arrangements necessary for organizing a celebration;
2. entering into agreements and arrangements with any person, association, or organization for the purpose of planning, co-ordinating, and organizing the celebrations; 3. making orders as required for the purpose of carrying out these duties and functions.

Through the British Columbia Centennial ’71 Committee, the provincial government provided grants-in-aid to assist communities with local events and projects. Major events, educational, cultural and historical programmes also received financial assistance. Pioneer medallions were presented to BC residents who were either born in or resided in Canada prior to 1897.

The Committee was disbanded after submission of its final report in December 1972.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The British Columbia Centennial '71 Committee was established by the British Columbia Centennial '71 Celebration Act of 1969 [SBC 1969 c.2]. Its mandate was to make and carry out "all arrangements necessary for organizing a celebration of the centenary of British Columbia joining Canada." As had been the case in the centennial celebrations of 1958 and 1966-1967, the Deputy Provincial Secretary, L.J. Wallace, was primarily responsible for overseeing the organization of the 1971 celebration. Following a tradition established with the earlier centennials, the provincial government offered per capita grants to assist communities with local events and projects. The government - through the Centennial '71 Committee - also organized and helped to finance a large number of major events and programmes. Events included a Provincial Festival of Sports and a Royal Visit by HM the Queen. Educational, cultural and historical programmes included the Queen Elizabeth II scholarships, Stop of Interest plaques, and a large number of school pageants. In addition to the above, the Centennial Committee presented pioneer medallions to B.C. residents who were either born in Canada or were a resident of Canada prior to 1897. Applications for medallions may be found in GR-1490. Records include administrative and sub-committee files (dealing with particular events and activities) and project files (dealing with commemorative building projects undertaken by local communities throughout the province). Boxes 1-12 (Files A-A-1 to A-W-3) contain Administrative files, Boxes 13-44 Project files, and Boxes 30-47 Local Committee files. .

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

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


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Associated materials


Related materials


General note

Accession number(s): G84-019; GR-1450; T4145


Sound recording originals may be in cool or cold storage.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Accession area