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An agent of change: William Drewry and land surveying in British Columbia, 1887-1929

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dc.contributor.author Cameron, Darby
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-26T15:27:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-26T15:27:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-08-26T15:27:16Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1608
dc.description.abstract In 1887, following the completion of the CPR to the Pacific, William Stewart Drewry took part in the Topographical Survey of Canada's first experiment with photographic surveying, which he applied to the Rocky Mountain Railway Belt. He then surveyed the rich mining districts of BC during the Kootenay hardrock mining boom (1893-1909). In 1909, he became BC's first and only Chief Water Commissioner and, in 1911, he returned to surveying as BC's Inspector of Surveys. From 1913 until his retirement in 1929, he surveyed for government and in private practice. Throughout his career, Drewry operated between two land systems: first, a system based on customary rights and local obligations; and, second, a system based on private property and market exchange. Drewry implemented the latter capitalist system, attempting to empower the settlement society, which had the effect of ensuring corporate dominance and, to Drewry's dismay, monopolization of the BC landscape. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject survey en
dc.subject surveyor en
dc.subject mapping en
dc.subject cartography en
dc.subject topographical en
dc.subject photogrammetry en
dc.subject photo-topography en
dc.subject Rocky Mountain en
dc.subject Railway Belt en
dc.subject Kootenay en
dc.subject hardrock mining en
dc.subject Chief Water Commissioner en
dc.subject Canadian Pacific Railway en
dc.subject COMINCO en
dc.subject grid en
dc.subject Selkirk Mountains en
dc.subject Silver Lead Mines Association en
dc.subject Land Surveying Association en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.title An agent of change: William Drewry and land surveying in British Columbia, 1887-1929 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Rajala, Richard
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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