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Gustavus William Wicksteed fonds [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.5 m of textual records : some photocopies.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of ill registers, 1849-1892, 1.5 m; and miscellaneous records, n.d., 1849-1900, and photocopies, 1888.

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Textual records The finding aid provides a description of the bill registers, noting format, contents and presumptions about their composition. MSS0082 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Gustavus William Wicksteed, a native of Liverpool, immigrated to Lower Canada in 1821. He served as Assistant Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, 1828-1838, and to the Special Council, 1838-1841. He then served as Law Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, 1841-1867, and to the House of Commons of Canada, 1867-1887. Besides writing on legal matters, he served on the commissions for the revision and consolidation of the statutes, 1856 and 1861.

Gustave Wicksteed's son, Richard John Wicksteed (fl. 1870-1903) also worked in the office of the Law Clerk to the House of Commons, until dismissed in 1894. He then pursued a career as a journalist and lecturer.

Additional information

The papers of G.W. Wicksteed appear to have been preserved by his son, R.J. Wicksteed, and survived the Parliamentary fires because they were retained privately.

Subject heading

1. Canada. Parliament. Legislative Assembly, 1849-1892 F.B. Hayes (Finn Barr), 1891-1900.
2. Medicine - Canada, 1891-1900 Sir John A. Macdonald (John Alexander), 1888.
3. Canada. Parliament. House of Commons.
4. Canada. Parlement. Chambre des communes .
5. Trinity House.


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