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British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island
- Reporting on his explorations on Vancouver Island during 1864, Dr. Robert Brown wrote:
- 'The party insisted on naming the river after me ... I hope you will not accuse me of egotism, if at the earnest solicitation of the expedition, I allow the seat of this rich coal field to bear the name of Brown's River.'
- Brown was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the author of numerous elementary geography textbooks. His work on Vancouver Island has not been sufficiently remembered.
- A member of this expedition wrote of him, 'He was genial and kindly, and his conversation was remarkably copious, easy and entertaining, full of anecdotes and incidents derived from his years of travel in all latitudes,
- and of rare and curious and out-of-the-way knowledge.'
- When Courtenay was laid out in 1891, it was named after the nearby Courtenay River, which had been named about 1860 after Captain George William Courtenay of HMS Constance, which was on the Pacific Station in 1846-9.
- Puntledge River - This is from Pentlatch, the name of a band of Coast Salish Indians who used to live in the area but are now extinct. In field notes kept by Franz Boas, Pentlatch is said to be derived from words meaning 'abdomen' and, possibly, 'bury.'
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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