Lewall Inlet

Feature Type:Inlet (3) - Elongated body of water extending from a sea or lake.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Stirling Island, W end of Hakai Passage S of Bella Bella, Range 2 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°45'59"N, 128°05'48"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 102P/16

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 May 1946 on C.3784, as labelled on BC map 2E, 1924.

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

After Bernard Cecil Lewall, BCLS. Lewall obtained his commission as a BC Land Surveyor in 1923, and remained on the list of active practitioners until 1966. (dates from BCLS Cumulative Nominal Roll, 1978.)

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

"Lewall Inlet was named for and by Bernard Cecil Lewall, land surveyor, who worked on the coast of northern British Columbia. Bernard "Bunny" Lewall came to Canada in 1908 with his family to settle at Wallachine but one night was enough for his mother to decide against the town. They moved west to Ashcroft and purchased some land (www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/www2i/.visual/img_med/dir_84/na_39447.gif). In 1914, he joined the Lord Strathcona Horse as a trooper and was sent to France. As his unit was in reserve most of the time, he transferred to the Queen's Own (London) Regiment of the British Army as a junior officer. He was seriously wounded in the 2nd Battle of the Somme. Expected to be an invalid for the rest of his life, he returned to BC and worked for Underhill and Underhill, land surveyors, on the coast north of Vancouver Island. It is during this period that Lewall Inlet, Edward Channel, Turnbull Inlet, and Underhill Island were given the names of members of the survey party. (Turnbull subsequently became a doctor and professor at the University of British Columbia.) He travelled across the USA, working on General Electric Building in New Jersey, travelled to the UK and then went to the Argentine as a railway surveyor. He returned to BC in 1947 and worked for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. His responsibilities included survey work on the line from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish and Chief Construction Engineer on the line from Prince George to Ft. St. John. He subsequently held similar jobs with the CNR on the line from Hinton, Alberta to the North West Territories. Bunny died on April 10, 1994, just short of his 100th birthday. Predeceased by his wife, Ellen McKenzie; survived by 2 sons in Victoria and 1 son in Oliver." (information provided October 2006 by great-nephew Jim Lewall, Christina Lake, BC)

Source: included with note