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Illustrated Guide to the House of Commons of Canada 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3062M

Scope and Contents

There are three lists of Members’ names preceding the portraits, each of which gives the portrait number against the name of the Member. They are:
Alphabetical by Members' names. This contains 201 names, including the Speaker, but when two names from the Addenda at the end of the book are added, the total is 203.
Alphabetical by Constituency. This lists 206 constituencies, four of them vacant, but with one name from the Addenda this again makes 203, including the Speaker.
Numerical by portrait order. There are 206 numbers, of which six are shown as vacant; the Addenda fills two of these, leaving 76, 80, 96 and 100½ vacant, but the actual photographs include a portrait at 80. An investigation by the Canadian Parliamentary Librarian shows that this is of Nathaniel Higinbotham, who won Wellington North at a bye-election on 18 March 1875, but whose name does not appear in the book. The remaining gaps are for the constituencies of Gaspé and Provencher, and for the Speaker who, though elected for Gloucester, is not represented in this sequence of portraits.


  • Creation: 1875


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Biographical / Historical

No author's name is given but F.R.E. Campeau was the publisher.


1 volume(s) (26 images in 1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

all are faded, and the pages on which the photographs were stuck have buckled. Although the photographs are faded, the detail could probably be recovered by re-photographing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This copy was presented to McGill University Library in 1927 by the heirs of Lord and Lady Strathcona, but as it was a duplicate, it was given to the Royal Empire Society by McGill in May 1948; an appropriate home since Lord Strathcona was an enthusiastic member of the Royal Colonial Society.

Related Materials

Campeau was responsible for a further volume in 1879, but the portraits in it were reproduced by Artotype. In Campeau (1879), it states 'the work of preparing the artotypes has been carefully done so as to prevent the wrinkling of the sheets as in the previous edition'.


The full citation for this item is: Campeau, Fabien René Édouard (1875), 'Illustrated guide to the House of Commons', Ottawa: F.R.E. Campeau. For a later volume of this work see: Campeau, Fabien René Édouard (1879), 'Illustrated guide to the House of Commons and Senate of Canada', Ottawa: F.R.E. Campeau.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Campeau, Fabien René, fl 1875

Includes index.
2003-12-05 15:32:53+00:00
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