Cory, W.W. (1865-1943)

William Wallace Cory was the Deputy Minister of the Interior at the time of the Komagata Maru. The immigration department was under his supervision and he kept a close watch on the Komagata Maru situation from his Ottawa office during the summer of 1914. As deputy minister he was the conduit for W.C. Hopkinson’s weekly surveillance reports on political activity in the South Asian community—reports which Cory forwarded to the Governor General who sent them to London and Delhi. Cory was born in Strathroy, Ontario, and grew up on a farm near Gladstone, Manitoba. He studied law in Winnipeg and began his public service career in the Manitoba Attorney-General’s Department when he was twenty-four. After twelve years, he shifted to the federal Department of the Interior to work in the patenting of the railway lands, before serving as Inspector of Yukon offices and then after 1904 as Assistant Commissioner of Dominion Lands. He became Deputy Minister of the Interior in 1905 and remained in that senior position until 1931 while also the Commissioner of the North West Territories from 1919 to 1931.

Sources: : “The Civil Service of Canada; A Special Issue of ‘The Civilian,’” Ottawa. 1914; Manitoba Historical Society website, “Memorable Manitobans”