PREFACEAhh yes, its time to update the history books, especially if there's going to be a change of government in 13 months time.
The following biographical sketches of the former Attorneys General and Acting Attorneys-General of what is now the Province of British Columbia, have been put together at the request of the present Attorney-General, the Honourable L. Allan Williams, Q.C., who felt that there should be some continuing record of the men who have held this position since the birth of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
The material was gathered from many sources, including newspapers, original documents and manuscripts in the B.C o Provincial Archives; B.C. Gazettes, Colonial Office Lists, reference books and newspapers in the B.C. Provincial Library; also appended is a short Bibliography.
I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the assistance given me in this project by the staff of the B.C~ Provincial Library and the B.C. Provincial Archives; the Director of Vital Statistics, Mr. A.H. Hersom, his Secretary and staff in the Genealogy Section; Miss Sandy Robertson at the offices of The
Law Society of British Columbia; the Parks Branch of the City of Victoria; Mr. Bob Evans, Archivist at Christ Church Cathedral ,all of whom were most helpful.
Mr. Norman Whittaker and Mr. A.B. MacDonald kindly checked their respective biographies and supplied missing dates and information. Mr. MacDonald also read over the biography on his father, Malcolm A. Macdonald, for which I am most grateful.
Finally, I would stress that these are merely short sketches and consequently a great deal of interesting information has had to be omitted.
12th September, 1982