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Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 



Place of creation

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1.3 cm of textual records (52 p.) some photocopies.
1 photograph b&w.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence pertaining to the constitutional issue of 1926, photocopy, 1926-1943, 1 cm; and addresses given during Lord Byng's term as Governor General, 1922-1926, 0.3 cm. The material consists of originals, 9 pages; photocopies, 43 pages. Volumes 2 to 10 are in horizontal storage. Volume 2 is a resolution for world peace from the National Reform Association. Volumes 3-10 are addresses from Parliment to Byng regarding various subjects. The fonds also contains a photographic portrait of Byng.

Textual records
90: Open
from 1 to 10
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Restrictions not set
Microfilm reel
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Terms of use

Photograph: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.

No finding aid

Biography / Administrative history

Lord Byng, born in 1862 at Wrotham Park, England, was Canada's twelfth Governor General, 1921-1926. During World War I, he commanded the Canadian Corps, 1916, directed the attack on Vimy Ridge, 1917, and was promoted to Command the British 3rd Army.

He became Governor General of Canada in 1921, marking the first time the Canadian government had been formally consulted about the selection of a governor general. However, in 1926, Lord Byng refused W.L.M. King's request for a dissolution of Parliament. This precipitated the King-Byng Affair.

Lord Byng's last major appointment was as Chief Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, England, 1928-1931.

See also: Cowan, John, Canada's Governors-General, Toronto: York Publishing Co. Limited, 1965, and The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1985.

Additional information

Copies of correspondence held by Government House were received in 1962.

Availability of other formats note
Copy negative no. C-39555.

Subject heading

1. Governors general - Canada, 1922-1943 Great Britain. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, 1926.
2. Byng of Vimy, Julian Hedworth George Byng, Viscount - Correspondence, 1922-1943 Resolution for World Peace (Pittsburgh, Penn.), 1923.
3. Constitutional Crisis,1926, 1926-1943 Presbyterian Church in Canada. General Assembly (1925: Toronto, Ont.), 1925.
4. Speeches, addresses, etc., Canadian, [1922-1943]
5. Governors general - Canada - Messages, 1922-1926.
6. Speech from the Throne - Canada, 1922-1943.
7. Politique et gouvernement Canada
8. Politics and government Canada
9. National Reform Association (1923: Pittsburgh, Penn.)


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Related control no.

1937-514 NPC