Dunsmuir

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Vancouver Island, just S of Qualicum River, Newcastle Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°23'16''N, 124°36'39''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/7

Origin Notes and History:

Dunsmuir (station) adopted 2 December 1948 on C.3590, as labelled on E&N map, 1918, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Dunsmuir (locality) 15 February 1983 on 92F/7.

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

Note that LRO Plan 438, Victoria Land Registry Office, covers "Dunsmuir Townsite" surveyed in 1911, located about 30km northwest of here, in Lot 7, Nelson District, just south of Union Bay.

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

"After Robert Dunsmuir (1825-89), British Columbia's first industrial magnate. Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Dunsmuir married Joanna (Joan) White in 1847. Promising that one day he would build her a castle on the Pacific, he persuaded her in 1850 to accompany him with their three children to Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island, where he worked for the HBC as a coal miner, soon being transferred to Nanaimo. After leaving the service of the HBC, Dunsmuir engaged in various rather unsuccessful ventures in coal mining until he discovered and obtain complete possession of the very rich deposits around Wellington. He also entered the lumber business, acquired an ironworks, built the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, and became a very wealth man. During the last years of his life, he made good on the promise given years earlier to his wife, building Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, though it was not completed under a year after his death."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997