Rutland

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE side of Kelowna (city), Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°54'00''N, 119°23'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82E/14

Origin Notes and History:

Rutland (town) adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 420A, Kettle River, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915. Form of name changed to Rutland (Post Office & Station) 6 October 1955 on 82SW; located at the junction of CNR and CPR lines. Form of name changed to Rutland (community) 29 November 1984 (file 203-2).

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

Rutland Post Office was opened 1 October 1908; D. E. McDonald, postmaster.

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

"After John ("Hope") Rutland, who came from Australian in the 1890s and wheat-farmed here. In the 1900s he sold to a syndicate which subdivided the land and adjacent land and named the district after him." (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing advice from F.M. Buckland).

Source: included with note

After John Matthew Rutland, an Australian who....planted the first commercial orchards and installed the first large irrigation system here.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.