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Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee records

  • GR-1449
  • Series
  • 1966-1967

This series contains records of the committee organized to celebrate the centenary of the union of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, and the centenary of confederation in Canada. The committee chairman was L.J. Wallace, Deputy Provincial Secretary. Types of records include administrative files dealing with particular events and activities, and project files dealing with commemorative projects undertaken by local communities.

GR-1449 consists of two records series: Administration files and Project files. The former documents the many events organized and authorized by the committee, while the latter deals with funding local community projects throughout the province.

Related records are to be found in GR-1489 - Applications for Pioneer Medallions. These medallions were presented by the centennial committee to B.C. residents who were either born in Canada or were a resident of Canada prior to 1892.

British Columbia. Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee of British Columbia

Centennial '58 Committee records

  • GR-1448
  • Series
  • 1956-1962

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.

British Columbia. Centennial Committee

Centennial '71 Committee records

  • GR-1450
  • Series
  • 1969-1972

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. .

British Columbia. Centennial ’71 Committee

Centennial Committee photographs

  • GR-3280
  • Series
  • 1956-1971

The series consists of photographs and accompanying material acquired by the Centennial '58 Committee that show centennial projects, celebrations and participants from the British Columbia 1958 centennial. The committee received photographs, both prints and negatives, from around the province, which showcased community centennial activities. The series also includes photographs and filmstrips collected by the Canadian Confederation Centennial Committee and the Centennial '71 Committee. All three committees were chaired by L.J. Wallace, the Deputy Provincial Secretary. The majority of the photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject or community place name with some interspersed miscellaneous files.

British Columbia. Centennial Committee

Commemorative certificates and other material

  • GR-1537
  • Series
  • 1966-1971

This series contains commemorative certificates, cartoons and momentos presented to Deputy Provincial Secretary L.J. Wallace by various organizations and community groups to mark centennial celebrations of 1966, 1967, and 1971.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary


  • GR-1318
  • Series
  • 1951-1975

This series contains general correspondence between the Deputy Minister and Agents-General for British Columbia in London. The series includes a confidential report from the Fire Marshall on a fire that occurred at Government House in 1957. There is also general correspondence with the B.C. Commissioner for Trade and Tourism, San Francisco (1962-1974) and general inquiries to the Hon. the Premier (1953-1969). Letters includes notes and petitions from Vancouver City Archivist (Major Matthews) to HM the Queen, praying that the Westminster Regiment be allowed to bear the suffix "Royal." There are also three photographs of BC House in London, England, taken in 1951.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Deputy Provincial Secretary films

  • GR-3299
  • Series
  • 1952-1972

The series consists of motion picture film prints accumulated by L.J. (Lawrie) Wallace during his tenure as Deputy Provincial Secretary (1959-1977). Wallace was responsible for organizing British Columbia's celebrations in to mark the 1958, 1966, and 1971 centennials, as well as the B.C. component of the 1967 Canadian cetennial celebrations. Most of the these film document the celebrations of these various centennials and associated special events. The series includes several films produced by or for the Government of British Columbia, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the National Film Board of Canada, as well as individual fitles by various other production companies. Non-centennial-related titles include the travelogues "Beautiful British Columbia" (BC Government Travel Bureau, 1952), "Highway North" (Royalite Oil Company, 1957?), and "A Day of Fun in the Historical Town of Barkerville" (Werner Aellen for the Barkerville Restoration Advisory Committee, ca. 1963).

Office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary

Lawrence J. Wallace fonds

  • PR-2372
  • Fonds
  • 1862-2002

The fonds consists of records created or acquired by Wallace in the course of his life as a teacher, public servant and retired member of the community.

The records reflect events held across the province in celebrations of the 4 centennials in British Columbia in 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1971.

The records are primarily photograph albums or scrapbooks and were arranged by Wallace as volumes in chronological order.

A small number of records contain correspondence and personal records related to Wallace’s family history in addition to collected ephemera related to centennial celebrations.

Published material included in the donation has been transferred to the archives’ library.

Wallace, Lawrence James, 1913-2006

Provincial Secretary executive records

  • GR-0285
  • Series
  • 1949-1975

The series consists of correspondence from various members of the Royal family expressing gratitude for arrangements made for them during visits to B.C. (1959 to 1971), certificates, reports of various royal commissions and commissions of inquiry, and minutes of various committees on which Mr. Wallace served in his capacity as Deputy Provincial Secretary.

The series also includes a photograph album of the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949 and other photographs.

Office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary