Mackean, Thomas William Lockwood
b. 1815(?)
d. 1876
Thomas William Lockwood Mackean was born sometime in 1815 to Alexander and Barbara Mackean, and was the husband to Frances with whom he had five children.1 Mackean is most known for his work as the Chairman of the Bank of British Columbia in which his position consisted primarily of signing off on liabilities, assets, and expenditures provided by the bank.2 He advised the government on financial matters and strongly advocated for certain policies. For instance, Mackean continuously encouraged the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia to adopt the dollar and cent currency -- as was done in the United States -- and to create a mint in order to coin gold at home rather than in San Francisco.3
Prior to his time with the Bank of BC, Mackean gained his financial experience working in the early 1850s at the firm Turner and Company of China, and as the director of the London and South African Bank.4 In the early 1860s, Mackean was amongst a group of London bankers and merchants who had interest in organizing the Bank of British Columbia on Vancouver Island -- Mackean was the leader of this group.5 His time as Chairman lasted from his initial entrance in 1862 until his death at the age of 61 in 1876. After Mackean’s death, Robert Gillespie succeeded him as the new Chairman.6
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Mackean, Thomas William Lockwood. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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