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Adventures in the West

Henry Halpin, Fur Trader and Indian Agent

by David R. Elliott

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post-confederation (1867-)
list price: $26.99
also available: eBook
category: History
published: 2008
publisher: Dundurn

This is the story of Irish-born Henry Ross Halpin, who by the age of 16 began a long association with the fur trade and Canada’s native peoples, was thrice employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company, and became an Indian agent (18851901). Halpin’s work took him from Fort Garry, Manitoba, to Fort York on the shores of the Hudson Bay, and across the Prairies to British Columbia. This book is based on Halpin’s previously unpublished menoirs, Hudson’s Bay Company post journals and correspondence, the 1885 Rebellion trials where Halpin was a witness, and the reports and correspondence of the Department of Indian Affairs.

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Editor David R. Elliott lives in Parkhill, Ontario, and is an authority on Western Canadian history and the fur trade. His great aunt, Annie Elliott, was Halpin's first wife. Halpin was an Indian agent at the time of his first marriage in 1886.

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David R. Elliott

David R. Elliott is a retired professor of Canadian and European history and the author of three previous books. He has operated a genealogical research company, Kinfolk Finders, for ten years. As well as lecturing on Irish research he has indexed Irish cemeteries, parish registers, and poor law union registers. Dr. Elliott is past-chair of the London/Middlesex branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and vice-chair of the OGS Irish Special Interest Group. He lives in Parkhill, ON.

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