Benson Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Broken Group, Pacific Rim National Park, Barclay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°53'00''N, 125°22'56''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92C/14

Origin Notes and History:

Hawkins Island adopted 3 April 1934 on C.327, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 592, 1865; name changed to Benson Island 6 November 1934.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Reason for change is not clear - perhaps to avoid confusion with another Hawkins Island.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After John W. Benson, pre-emptor Sec 43 on this island, 8 May 1893.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office