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Item ID# A. Vidal fonds
Title Alexander Vidal fonds
Object Name Archival Fonds
Dates of Creation 1845, 1851
Creator Vidal, Alexander
Description The fonds reflects the work of Alexander Vidal in surveying Saugeen Township and parts of Bentinck and Glenelg Townships. The fonds consists of field notes, journals and diaries accounting for the activities of the survey, instructions, plans and maps related to the surveys of Saugeen Township, and a journal related to the survey of parts of Bentinck and Glenelg townships.

His diary starts April 7, 1851, and he reached the mouth of the Saugeen River until on April 18. He arrived back in Sarnia on August 26, 1851.

His maps include the names of the squatters already along the Saugeen Township Lake Range: Goble, Craig, Fuller, Parish, McLean, St. Louis and Stewart, and along the Saugeen River in Saugeen Township: Wallace, Kennedy, Orr, Smith, Gowanlock, Polock and Orchard.

Series List:

1 Crown land survey diaries, journals and field notes
2 Crown land survey diaries, journals and field notes
3 Maps and plans of Saugeen Township.
Finding Aids, Transcriptions & Links Alexander Vidal fonds finding aid
Admin/Biographical History Alexander Vidal was born in England in 1819, the son of Captain Richard Emeric Vidal, of the Royal Navy, and Charlotte Penrose Mitton. He was educated at the Royal Mathematical School, Christ's Hospital in London, England. After emigrating to Canada, he settled at Sarnia, Upper Canada, in 1835.

He was a Provincial Land Surveyor from 1843 to 1852 in the area of Canada West (Ontario). The Surveying Department-Canada West was established in 1845 as a branch within the Department of Crown Lands for the Province of Canada. He was responsible for surveying the township of Saugeen, Bruce County, in 1851 and participated in the survey of parts of Bentinck and Glenelg townships in Grey County in 1845.

In or around 1852, he became manager of the Sarnia branch of the former Bank of Upper Canada until the demise of that institution in 1866. He then joined the Bank of Montreal as manager until his resignation in 1875. He was also Treasurer of Lambton County for 38 years. He was elected to the St. Clair division in the Legislative Council of Canada in 1863 and retained his seat until 1867. In the general election of 1872, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Conservative Party. In January 1873 he was called to the Senate of Canada, and he remained a senator until his death on November 18, 1906. [Reference: (a) Contents of Alexander Vidal fonds, BCM&CC A2006.195; (b) The Canadian biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men Ontario, volume 1. Chicago: American Biographical Pub. Co., 1880. (c) "Vidal's Survey of Saugeen Township, 1851" by Shirley McClure, in The Bruce County Historical Society Yearbook, 1999]]
Provenance These records are from Alexander Vidal's personal files and were placed in the custody of Ontario Land Surveyors, Hewett, Dinsmore and Milne, by the Surveyor General (Ontario, Department of Lands and Forests) pursuant to the Survey Act in 1959. By September 1968, custody of the records had been transferred to Gordon Gray for the purpose of historical research (and for as long as he needed them for such purpose). The records were donated to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre on behalf of Gordon Gray in 2006.
Collection Vidal, Alexander fonds
Physical Description 6.7 cm of textual records
Subjects Surveying
People Craig Family
Goble family
Gowanlock Family
Kennedy Family
McLean Family
Orr Family
Pollock Family
Stewart Family
Vidal, Alexander
Place Bentinck Township
Glenelg Township
Saugeen Township
Reference # A2006.195
Level of Description Fonds
Child Records A. Vidal series 1
A. Vidal series 2
A. Vidal series 3