Moberly Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Expansion of Moberly River, between Chetwynd and Hudson's Hope, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°49'19''N, 121°45'52''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93P/13

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as labelled on BC map 1H, 1917.

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

Refers to Henry Moberly (1835-1931), younger brother of Walter Moberly, CPR chief engineer. Born 2 August 1835 at Penetanguishene, Ontario; joined the Hudsons Bay Company in 1853; arrived in the west in 1854 and worked in various forts around Edmonton until 1861, when he retired. After arriving in BC he rejoined the HBC at Fort Fraser for another 3 years. In 1865 he worked his way down the Peace River and joined Cust and Carey as a silent partner. Established himself at this lake and trapped here until 1868. HBC forced them out of business so Moberly continued down river and trapped below Dunvegan. In 1890 this lake was known as "Moberly's" but the possessive form was dropped about 1904.

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

"...after Harry Moberly, brother of Walter. Harry Moberly spent many years in the Peace River country as Hudson's Bay Company employee, freetrader, trapper and prospector. He too wrote a book of reminiscences, 'When Fur Was King'."

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