Collection 2005.4 - BC Legislative Council Collection

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BC Legislative Council Collection

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2005.4

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  • 1858 - 1871 (Creation)
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    British Columbia Legislative Council

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textual records

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(1867-1871)

Administrative history

The Legislative Council of British Columbia was an advisory body created in 1867 to the Governor of the "new" Colony of British Columbia, which had been created from the merger of the old Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The new colony, like its predecessors, did not have responsible government, and while its debates and resolutions carried considerable weight, executive power remained in the hands of the Governor, who at the time of the Council's founding as Frederick Seymour.

There were three groups of members: five senior officials of the Colony, who also constituted its Executive Council, nine magistrates, and nine elected members. The electoral members represented two seats in Victoria, one in Greater Victoria ("Victoria District"), New Westminster, Columbia River and Kootenay, Nanaimo, Yale and Lytton, Lillooet, and Cariboo.

The council was abolished in 1871 when British Columbia became a province.

Custodial history

Transferred to Northern BC Archives March 2005 by BC Archives, along with other material transferred to the Geoffrey R. Weller Library.

Scope and content

The BC Legislative Council Collection consists of 6 journals of the Legislative Council, as well as files containing BC proclamations, BC ordinances, and BC acts.

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  • English

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Accession # 2005.4

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2005.4

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