Mackean, Thomas William Lockwood
d. 1876-05-08
Thomas William Lockwood Mackean was organizer and chairman of the Bank of British Columbia. He shared his opinions with the colonial 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.1 Prior to organizing the Bank of British Columbia, Mackean worked with the firm Turner and Company of China, and was a director of the London and South African Bank.2 He remained chairman of the Bank of British Columbia from its formation in 1862 until his death at the age of sixty-two on 8 May 1876.3
  • 1. Mackean to Elliot, 11 February 1864, 1206, CO 60/20, 106. B645MI02.html
  • 2. Victor Ross, A History of the Canadian Bank of Commerce [vol. 1] (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1920), 255, 259.
  • 3. Ross, A History of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, 319; Deaths, Pall Mall Gazette, 12 May 1876, 3.
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