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Dr. Robert William Weir Carrall
[Dr. Robert William Weir Carrall] BC Archives (B-01968)
February 2, 1837 - September 19, 1879
Born at Carrall's Grove, near Woodstock, Upper Canada, Dr. Robert William Weir Carrall was a contract surgeon with the Union forces in the United States during the Civil War. By the end of October 1865 he had left the States and was established as a medical doctor in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In the October 1868 election, he won a seat on the Legislative Council. On 20 April 1870 he was appointed one of three delegates to Ottawa to discuss the terms of British Columbia's union with Canada.
Carrall was appointed to the Senate by Sir John A. MacDonald, taking his seat on 11 April 1872. His most notable achievement as a Senator came in 1879, when he introduced the bill to make the first day of July a public holiday to be named "Dominion Day".
He was a member of the Nanaimo Lodge No.1090, A.F. & A.M. under the District Grand Lodge of England, which became Nanaimo Lodge No. 3 after the Grand Lodge of British Columbia was Constituted in 1872. Nanaimo Lodge No. 3 consolidated with Caladonia[n] Lodge No. 6 to form Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1873. Nanaimo Lodge No. 110 was warranted in 1925 and has no connection with the earlier Nanaimo Lodge No. 3.
Initiated : 1861
Honorary member : 27 December 1872
Oxford Lodge No. 76, G.R.C.
Affiliated :
Nanaimo Lodge No. 1090

Source: lodge records, Ashlar Lodge No. 3 ; The County of Oxford Gazetteer and General Business Directory, for 1862-63

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