ANDREWS, G. Smedley




Author Tags: 1850-1900, Biography, Early B.C., Education, Métis

The longest-serving Surveyor General of British Columbia, Gerald Smedley Andrews wrote a biographical appreciation of engineer, road builder and surveyor Joseph William Trutch, first Lieutenant-Governor of B.C., entitled Sir Joseph William Trutch (British Columbia Lands Service, 1972). Trutch had served as Surveyor General before his appointment to Lieutenant-Governor. Trutch was born in Somerset, England on January 18, 1826. He immigrated to the United States in 1849 and arrived in Victoria in 1859. He oversaw construction of parts of the Cariboo Road and the Alexandra Bridge at Spuzzum. He created some of the first Indian Reserves during his tenure as commissioner of lands and works from 1864 to 1871. He was part of the delegation from B.C. that went to Ottawa in 1870 to negotiate entry into Confederation in 1871. Later knighted, he returned to England after his wife's death. Trutch died in Somerset on March 4, 1904.

Andrews himself was the subject of a 56-page, testimonial volume co-written by his daughter Mary Andrews and Doreen J. Hunter entitled A Man and His Century: Gerald Smedley Andrews, 1903- (Victoria: Privately published, 2003).

BOOKS:

Surveys and Mapping in British Columbia Resources Development (Victoria: Conference, 1954)

Administration of Surveys and Mapping in Canada, 1968 (Ottawa: National Advisory Committee on Control Surveys and Mapping, 1970)

Sir Joseph William Trutch 1826-1904 (Victoria: B.C. Lands Service, 1972)

Metis Outpost: Memoirs of the First Schoolmaster at the Metis Settlement of Kelly Lake, B.C., 1923-1925 (Victoria: 1985)

[BCBW 2003] "Early B.C." "1850-1900" "Métis" "Education"