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[Letter to Victoria on Selection of University Site] Jun 28, 1910

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Victoria,B.C.,
June 28,1910.
fo His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council:
Sir:- She Uni-versity Site Commission begs to submit
the following report:-
In accordance with the provisions of the "University
Site Commission Act, 1910", your Commissioners have visited and
made a careful nomination of the several cities and rural districts in the Province suggested as suitable University
sites, and have selected as the location for the University
the vicinity of the City of Vancouver.
We have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servants,
(Signed) R.C.Weldon,Chairman
Gr.Dauth
C.C.Jones
O.D.Skelton
Walter C.Murray,Secretary. COPY
Victoria.B.C,
June 28,1910
To the Honourable Henry Esson Young, M.D.,LI.D.,
Minister of Education.
Sir:
The University Site Commissioners are strongly of the
opinion that the University should not be placed on a site which
may in time be completely surrounded by a city.  They respectfully suggest that not less than 250 acres be set apart for the
University Campus and 700 acres for experimental purposes in
agriculture and forestry.  This is exclusive of a forest reserve
for forestry operations on a large scale.
The Commissioners are of the opinion that the most suitable site is at Point Grey, unless the soil there and that of
the delta land adjacent are found to be unsuitable for the experimental work of the College of Agriculture.  Should Point
Grey prove impossible, the Commissioners suggest-first, a site
along the shore west of Horth Vancouver, provided the tunnel and
bridge are constructed; second, St.Mary's Hill overlooking the
Pitt,Fraser and Coquitlam rivers, provided residences are erected
for the students. Central Park,though conveniently situated,
will probably be surrounded by the Cities of Vancouver and
lew Westminster and because of this and of the absence of
outstanding seenic advantages is undesirable.
While the Commissioners are firmly convinced that it
is of the highest importance to have all the faculties of
the University doing work of University grade located together,
they believe that the diverse conditions of agriculture in this Province make it advisable to divide the work of agricultural education between the College of Agriculture at
the University and Schools of Agriculture of a secondary grade
located in different centres.  The College of Agriculture
should conduct researches, provide courses leading to a degree,
supervise the extension work and the schools of agriculture.
The schools should be established in conjunction with the
demonstration farms in typical centres and should provide
"short courses" extending over the winter monthB of two or
three years for the sons of farmers. Each school might
specialize in one or more branches such as horticulture,
dairying.
We have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servants,
(Signed) R.C.Weldon, Chairman
G.Dauth
C.C.Jones
O.D.Skelton
Walter C.Murray,Secretary COPY
Victoria.B.C,
June 28,1910
To the Honourable H.E.Young, M.D.,LL.P.
Minister of Education.
Sir:
The University Site Commissioners are strongly of the
opinion that the University should not be placed on a site which
may in turn be completely surrounded by a city. They respectfully suggest that not less than 250 acres be set apart for the University Campus and 700 acres for experimental purposes in agriculture and forestry. This is exclusive of a forest reserve for
forestry operations on a large scale.
The Commissioners are of the opinion that the most suitable site is at Point Grey unless the soil there and that of the
delta land adjacent are found to be unsuitable for the experimental work of the College of Agriculture.  Should Point Grey
prove impossible, the Commissioners suggest- first, a site along
the shore west of North Vancouver, provided the tunnel and bridge
are constructed; second, St.MaryTs Hill overlooking the Pitt,
Fraser and Coquitlam Rivers, provided residences are erected for
the students. Central Park,though conveniently situated, will
probably be surrounded by the Cities of Vancouver and New Westminster, and because of this and of the absence of outstanding
scenic advantages is undesirable.
While the Commissioners are firmly convinced that it is
of the highest importance to have all the faculties of the
University doing work of University grade located together, they believe that the diverse conditions of agriculture in this Province make it advisable to divide the work of agricultural education between the College of Agriculture at the University and
Schools of Agriculture of secondary grade located in different
centres.   The College of Agriculture should conduct researches,
provide courses leading to a degree, supervise the extension work
and Schools of Agriculture.  These schools should be established
in conjunction with the Demonstration Farms in typical oentres,
and should provide short courses extending over the winter months
of two or three years for the sons of farmers. Each school
might specialise in one or more branches, such as horticulture,
dairying,etc.
Similarly, technical evening schools might be opened
in the different coal-mining centres for the preparation of
candidates for Mining certificates, and in the metal-mining districts for the assistance of prospectors and others.
The Commissioners have been greatly impressed by the
marvellous richness, variety, and extent of the natural resources of this Province, and by the very generous provision made
for the endowment of the University; and they are of the opinion
that if the University adopts a policy of offering salaries
ranging from #3,800 to 15,000 to its professors, it will attract
men of the highest ability, who, by their scientific investigations and outstanding reputations, will not only materially aid
in developing the resources of the Province, but will also place
the University on an equality with the best universities in America.
We have the honour to be
Your obedient servants,
(Signed) R.C.Weldon,Chairman
G.Dauth
C.C.Jones
O.D.Skelton
Walter C.Murray.Seoretary

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