These are land patents where folks could go to Western Canada and homestead.My great grandfather Thomas heard from his brother that one go and homestead a large section of land for around $10.
The National Archives of Canada's ArchiviaNet has the Western Land Grants (1870-1930) in the on-line database.This index contains approximately 625,000 patents for lands granted in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the rail corridor of British Columbia by the federal government between 1870 and 1930. Here's the link:
Do a search for Albiston (it's an uncommon enough name) and you'll find Thomas William's name.
I also just learned that your ancestor has a probate on file with the Alberta Ministry of Justice.
Name of Deceased: Thomas William Albiston Date of Death: March 8, 1941 Late of: Whitford, AB Court of Queen's Bench: Vegreville/Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench #: 6362 Date Filed: January 11, 1967 Type of Application: Probate