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Political and Social History of Northern BC

Northern BC Archives collections on political personalities, social and political activists, and political history at various levels of government in Northern BC.

H.G.T. (Harry) Perry fonds

H.G.T. (Harry) Perry fonds (1910-1967) - 2002.7

2002.7.1.54 - HGT Perry sitting in the BC LegislaturePerry was involved in provincial politics (1920-1945):

  • Chairman of the provincial government’s Post-War Rehabilitation Council (1942-45)
  • Founded the local faction of the Liberal Party in Prince George & Peace River area
  • First President of the Fort George District & PG Local Liberal Associations (1912-1958)
  • Chairman of the Joint Committee for Incorporation of PG
  • Speaker of the BC Legislature for Fort George (1920-1928; 1933-1945)
  • Secretary and Chairman of the Municipal and Agricultural Committees of the Legislature and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1924-1928)
  • Provincial Minister of Education (1941-45)
  • President of the BC Branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association

He was also the owner and editor of several regional newspapers: Fort George Tribune, The Prince George Citizen, The Nechako Chronicle, and the Prince Rupert Daily News.

He played an instrumental role in many infrastructure projects:

  • development of a highway south to Cariboo Region
  • building of the Peace River Highway
  • reservation of 1 million acres of land in Central B.C. for veterans and extension of Pacific Great Eastern Railway

2002.7.1.38 - Prince Rupert Daily News - Press RoomPhysical Extent: 3.18 m of textual records and other material

Records series: 1) Photographs; 2) Political Activities; 3) Business Ventures; 4) Personal Life; and 5) Miscellaneous Historical Information Files and includes Speakers' Decisions (1877-1943) from the BC Legislative Assembly and Perry’s annotations. A sub-series includes materials relating to his son Frank Perry and his unsuccessful political campaign. See also the Peace River Expedition Photograph Collection contains a photo album relating to an exploratory 1928 Peace River expedition taken by HGT Perry and others regarding a proposed extension of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway to Prince George and the Peace River Region.

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