Dr. Helmcken practiced medicine during the fur trade, the gold rush and the colonial era; he helped create its modern, professional form in British Columbia. As a politician he served in the first Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island in 1856 as the first Speaker. Initially an opponent of Confederation, he went with the Ottawa delegation in 1870 to negotiate the terms by which British Columbia would join Canada. After this, he retired from politics and returned to medicine and his family. He lived in this house until his death in 1920. In 1939, the family transferred this house and Dr. Helmcken's memoirs to the provincial government.
Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, c. 1854. RBCM BCA A-01356
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|Date Added||Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 6:06pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10U E 472836 N 5363014|
|Decimal Degrees||48.41970000, -123.36713333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 25.182', W 123° 22.028'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||48° 25' 10.92" N, 123° 22' 1.68" W|
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