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"Pack and Statistics" of British Columbia Salmon
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1898 - 1968 (Creation)
- H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd.
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In 1901, H. Bell-Irving and Company Ltd. (HBIC) was incorporated as Canadian agent for the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company, which was British registered.
Shareholding in the company as of incorporation and 1st meeting of Directors: H. Bell-Irving (chairman), 2500 shares, and 1 each for other members of the Board: D. Bell-Irving (Vice-President), A.M. McCreery, S.B. Rickards and W.J. McCombie.
In 1919, the company was converted from a public company to a private company, an action which was available after changes to the Companies Act. The company had always been a private company in practical terms, as shares had not been traded since the company had been founded.
The company was re-capitalised as a limited company in 1951 with shares in the original HBIC converted into various types of shares in the new HBIC (1951) Limited. The 1943-1953 minute book includes and Account of Winding-up Proceedings associated with the re-capitalisation.
The company's principal income was derived from acting as agent for ABC Packing Co., but it was also involved in other businesses. In 1906 an Insurance Department was created within the company; in 1920 this was spun off as a separate business that later became Bell-Irving Insurance Agencies Ltd. The company also owed shares in ABC Packing Company, as well as other investments. The company also speculated in real estate.
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File contains annual summaries compiled by the Fraser River Canners' Association, giving statistics for total amounts and kinds of salmon packed according to can size. The figures are for Fraser River and Northern B.C. canneries. There are also statistics for Puget Sound canneries, 1908-1912, 1915-1916, and for Alaska canneries 1908-1913, 1915-1916. A summary sheet of comparative statistics for Fraser River canneries 1898-1905 is also included.
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Formerly part of Add. MSS. 485.