Work, John

WORK, John, fur trader (b 1791, Derry, Ireland; d Dec 1861, Victoria). Born John Wark, he altered his name slightly when he joined the HBC in 1814. He arrived in BC in 1822 and was a member of the party that explored the lower FRASER R in 1824, locating a site for the future FORT LANGLEY. He was in charge of building Fort Colvilleon the COLUMBIA R, then took command of the famous Snake River expeditions toward California. He managed the HBC coasting trade from 1834 to 1852 and was in charge at...

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