Mayne Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: One of the Gulf Islands, NE of Saltspring Island at S end of the Strait of Georgia, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°50'42''N, 123°16'51''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/14

Origin Notes and History:

Mayne Island adopted in the 5th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1904, as long-identified on British Admiralty Charts.

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

Named c1860 by Captain Richards after Lieutenant Richard Charles Mayne, RN, engaged in hydrographic surveys on this coast 1857-1861; died 1892.... (see Walbran for additional biographical detail)

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

Lieutenant Mayne's journal, 17 February 1857 - 31 December 1860 (while he was aboard HMS Plumper under Capt Richards), is held at the Provincial Archives (manuscript E/B/M45; also a typed transcript E/B/M45A). Mayne's book "Four years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island: an account of their forests, rivers, coasts, gold-fields, and resources for colonisation" was published at London in 1862.

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

Halliday Island was the Hudson's Bay Company name for Mayne and Pender Islands. (from SHALE: Journal of the Gabriola Historial & Museum Society; Nick Doe editor)

Source: included with note