Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition

VANCOUVER ISLAND EXPLORING EXPEDITION (1864), led by the botanist Robert BROWN, was organized by a group of VICTORIA business leaders to explore the interior of the island and look for rumoured GOLD deposits. Members included the artist Frederick WHYMPER; John Meade and Peter John LEECH, former members of the ROYAL ENGINEERS; Henry Thomas Lewis; Alexander Barnston; the botanist John Buttle; John Foley, an experienced prospector; and the colourful adventurer Ranald MacDONALD, along with 2...

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