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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 31

We learned of William Ogilvie and his carrying out the orders of his superior the Surveyor-General, July 1891, to survey the region drained by the Peace River and tributaries between the boundary of British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains and “collect any information that may be of value relating to that region”. It was largely left up to Ogilvie the “nature and extent” of his work and the method by which he conducted his surveys. This, he recorded in his April 1892 report Peace River and Tributaries to the Minister of the Interior [mistakenly referred to in previous Ponderings as Surveyor -General in reference to report].

Beth Wilkins April 2, 2021 Editorial
•	2008.037.60 – Christ Church, at the Church of England (Anglican) Mission at Shaftesbury Settlement, River Lot 11 Shaftesbury Trail, a site now (2021) occupied by Bridgeview Gardens. Some sources suggest the church was built in 1886, while others indicate it was later. Nevertheless, sources agree it was closed August 1914, as a new church was constructed in Peace River Crossing, 18 miles away, to accommodate the growing number of worshipers in that community.
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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 30

George Mercer Dawson’s contribution to Peace Country history began in the most recent Ponderings. Sources suggest Dawson’s brilliance in systematic mapping provided a sound basis for understanding the geology and mineral resources of much of Northern and Western Canada. This offered reliable guidance to diverse industries, such as mining, ranching, agriculture and lumber. As well, it encouraged investigation and development of western coal and petroleum resources from which the country benefited.

Beth Wilkins March 22, 2021 Editorial
•	80.1137.000 – Four early surveyors posing with the tools of their trade – transit levels on tripods, a level staff/rod in the background leaning against a canvas tent in the bush – their office in the wild. Were it not for people such as these Dominion Land Surveyors with their mathematical and scientific skills and sense of adventure, the structure and information needed “for the rapid and orderly development of the West” would not have been possible.

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