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WALKEM, George Anthony, Canadian jurist, born in Newry, Ireland, 14 November, 1834, and came to Canada with his father, Charles, who was on the Royal engineer staff in Canada.. He was educated at McGill college, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in 1855. He settled in British Columbia in 1862, was a member of the legislature for several years preceding the union in 1867, appointed a member of the executive council, 12 January, 1872, and was chief commissioner of hinds and works from that date till 23 December, of the same year, when he became attorney-general. He held this portfolio till 11 February, 1874, when he became premier. He occupied the latter office again in 1878, was appointed puisne judge of the supreme court of British Columbia in 1882, and became revising-officer in 1885. In June, 1874, he was a delegate from British Columbia to England to present the case of that province on the subject of the differences between it and the Dominion government relative to the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway, which differences were amicably settled by the friendly intervention of Lord Carnarvon. Mr. Walkem is president of the Law society of British Columbia, a fellow of the Royal geographical society, and a member of the British association for the advancement of science.--His brother, Richard Thomas, lawyer, born in Waterford, Ireland, 30 September, 1840, was educated at McGill college, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1865, and began practice in Kingston. He became queen's counsel in 1880, the same year was appointed professor of equity in Queen's university, Kingston, which chair he still fills, and since 1884 has been vice-president of the art-school. He has been a delegate to the synod of the diocese of Ontario for twenty years, and for fifteen years to the provincial synod. He published a work on "Wills" (Toronto, 1874), and "The Married Worn-en's Property Acts" (1875).
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