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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

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

Newspaper clipping books

  • GR-0069
  • Series
  • 1969-1972

The series consists of newspaper clipping books created by the Centennial '71 Committee between 1969 and 1972.

British Columbia. Centennial ’71 Committee

Pioneer medallion application forms

  • GR-1490
  • Series
  • 1970

In 1971, to commemorate the centennial of British Columbia's entry into Confederation, the provincial government presented pioneer medallions to B.C. residents who were either born in Canada or were living in Canada prior to 1 January 1897. Persons who were eligible for the medallions were requested to make application through their local centennial committees. The four-part application forms were then forwarded to the office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary who was responsible for distributing the medallions to thousands of pioneers throughout the province.

GR-1490 consists of copies of the medallion application forms. These forms provide the pioneers' names, date and place of birth, and their occupation before retirement. In addition, the forms give the names of applicant's parents, maiden names of wives and mothers, names of brothers and sisters, and other genealogical details. One set of is filed alphabetically by name of community, a second set by name of individual applicant. There is also a file of forms for centenarians as well as chronological lists of pioneers born between 1860 and 1879.

British Columbia. Centennial ’71 Committee