Series GR-0736 - Commission on the Union Club, the Elks Club, Eureka Club, Chess Club, Playgoers Club and the Railway Porters Club

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Commission on the Union Club, the Elks Club, Eureka Club, Chess Club, Playgoers Club and the Railway Porters Club

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  • 1901-1905 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Commission on the Union Club, the Elks Club, Eureka Club, Chess Club, Playgoers Club and the Railway Porters Club

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12 cm of textual records

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The Commission of Inquiry into the Union Club, Elks Club, Eureka Club, Chess Club, Playgoers Club and Railway Porters Club was formed by order in council dated August 31, 1905, under the provisions of the Public Inquiries Act. The commission was to inquire into allegations received by the Lieutenant-Governor from the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. The petition from the city stated that certain clubs incorporated under the Benevolent Societies Act and the Charitable Associations Act, operating in the City of Vancouver, were not carrying out any objects contemplated by said Acts but were being conducted in a manner adverse to the intention of said Statutes. Deputy Attorney-General Hugh Archibald Maclean was appointed Commissioner. The first meeting of the commission was held at the Vancouver Courthouse on September 13, 1905. Counsel for the clubs requested a Supreme Court judgement on the validity of the commission. An adjournment was granted until September 18. On September 14, Mr. Justice Duff rendered a decision upholding the Commission. The commission met accordingly on September 18, 19 and 20 and heard evidence. Commissioner Maclean made his report to the Provincial Secretary September 29, 1905. In his report, Maclean recommended that all clubs, with the exception of the Union Club, have their charters revoked and be dissolved.

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The series consists of the commission appointing Hugh Archibald Maclean to investigate the Eureka, Chess, Elks, Union, Playgoers and Railway Porters Clubs (1905), the Commissioner's report (1905), transcript of evidence (1905) and exhibits presented. Exhibits include six minute or record books of the Eureka, Chess and Elks clubs dated 1901-1905.

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The records were transferred from the Legislative Library of British Columbia to the Provincial Archives in 1978.


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Accession number(s): GR-0736

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