George Ian MacLean
19th Gold Commissioner from September 10, 1928 to June 30, 1932 (appointed at the age of 53)
George Ian MacLean was born on September 16, 1874 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was an experienced civil servant and a former staff in the Dawson administration. MacLean conducted negotiations on behalf of the Yukon with the federal Minister of Labour and signed an agreement for old-age pensions for Yukon in 1928. During this time, all the big mines in the Mayo region closed and Yukon was in for a time of hardship. MacLean died on December 16, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario.
George Allan Jeckell
Percy Bearisto Reid
17th Acting Gold Commissioner from November 17, 1924 to March 31, 1925 (appointed at the age of 50)
Gold Commissioner April 1, 1925 to November 14, 1927
Percy Bearisto Reid was born on August 21, 1874 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He was a former Carcross mining recorder. The main business was the management of mining claims, timber leases, contracting for road repairs and the basic maintenance of the few government buildings still in use. He was well liked, and the community was in shock and disbelief when he died suddenly while in office on November 14, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario following a surgery.
George Patton MacKenzie
16th Gold Commissioner from January 25, 1913 to March 31, 1918
Gold Commissioner with the added duties of Commissioner from April 1, 1918 to November 16, 1924 (appointed at the age of 45)
George Patton MacKenzie was born on October 17, 1873 in Malagash, Nova Scotia. He was the founder and principal of Yukon’s first high school in 1912. He was appointed Gold Commissioner in 1913 and on April 1, 1918, the duties of the Commissioner were transferred to his portfolio. Even after the Councillors suggested he should get a raise and move into the vacated Commissioner’s Residence, he saw the need for fiscal restraint and refused. In 1919, the Yukon Council was reduced to three members and the responsibility for the Dawson municipal government are transferred to the Gold Commissioner. That same year, he was able to increase the grants to support the new silver district. Changes to the Yukon Act in 1919 extended the franchise to women for Council elections, allowing them to vote and run for office. On September 1, 1919, the Yukon Council passed an ordinance authorizing the Gold Commissioner to take over the liquor stocks and Mackenzie opened liquor stores in Dawson and Whitehorse. In 1921, he assented to the Eight-Hour Work Day Ordinance. He planned and arranged for the 12th Governor-General Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, to visit the gold fields and the silver mines in 1924. That same year he unveiled the cenotaph in Dawson City.When MacKenzie was appointed head of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch of the Department of the Interior in 1925, he led the first of six expeditions by boat into the Arctic. During these voyages, police posts were established, resupplied, scientific research was conducted and sovereignty was maintained. MacKenzie died on June 10, 1954 in Ottawa, Ontario.