Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken

Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken (HMWYF)

Location: Victoria, BC V8W 1A1 Capital
Country: Canada
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N 48° 25.171', W 123° 22.016'

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John Sebastian Helmcken was born in London in 1924. He trained to be a doctor at Guys Hospital, London.He arrived in Victoria as a surgeon and clerk for the Hudson Bay Company on March 24, 1850.

Dr. Helmcken entered politics in 1856, becoming the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on Vancouver Island. Though re-elected on a campaign against Confederation, Helmcken helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada in 1871. He then returned to medicine and the raising of his children.

He was renowned as a doctor, inoculating hundreds during the smallpox outbreak of 1862. He also served as president of both Royal Jubilee Hospital and the BC Medical Society.

In old age, he wrote his memoirs while being cared for by his daughter, Edith ("Dolly"). John Sebastian Helmcken died in this house in 1920.

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Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, c. 1854. Bradley and Rulofson. RBCM BCA A-01354.

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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 472851 N 5362994
Decimal Degrees48.41951667, -123.36693333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.171', W 123° 22.016'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 10.26" N, 123° 22' 0.96" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 675 Belleville St, Victoria BC V8W 1A1, CA
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