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Fonds AM530 - Arthur Smith fonds

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Arthur Smith fonds

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  • 1873-1954 (Creation)
    Smith, Arthur Gordon

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  • 0.26 m of textual records
  • 9 photographs

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Arthur Gordon Smith was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His father, Marcus, came to British Columbia in 1868 as engineer in charge of surveys for the CPR. Arthur Smith was educated at Upper Canada College and in 1891 he opened the first law office in Nelson, B.C. He moved to Victoria in 1892 and was appointed acting deputy attorney-general, a position he held until 1898 when he went to the Yukon to practice law. In 1905, he returned to Vancouver and in 1910 he was appointed District Registrar of Titles. Smith drafted a new Land Registry Act which was passed in 1921 and was chairman of the Town Planning Commission from 1926 to 1933. Smith retired in 1934 and died in 1944.

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The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence of Arthur Gordon Smith, his father Marcus Smith and other family members; business records pertaining to Smith's law practice and the Land Registry Office; stock certificates and other records pertaining to Smith's holdings in various companies; and legal documents pertaining to Smith's property and estate. Some of the personal correspondence pertains to Smith's travels to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush and his participation in action during the Louis Riel rebellion.

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Presented by Verna E. Smith in 1987 and Martha McLeod in 2002.


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