Murray River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows N into Pine River at East Pine (locality), E of Chetwynd, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°43'03''N, 121°13'07''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93P/11
Related Maps: 93I/11
93I/14
93P/11
93P/2
93P/3
93P/6
93P/7

Origin Notes and History:

Murray River adopted in the 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1919, as labelled on BC map 1H, 1917; not "Stuck River" as labelled on BC Reference map 49 (date not cited); nor "East Branch Pine River" as appended on BC map 1H, 1917.

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

"Named after N.F. Murray, CE, who surveyed the region for the BC Forest Branch; enlisted in the 67th Battalion; killed in action in France." (16th Report Geographic Board of Canada)

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

Norman Frederick Murray was born at Scotsburn, Pictou County, Nova Scotia; son of Angus Murray and Jane Mackay Murray; educated at Truro Academy and Dalhousie College, Halifax, and was engaged in mining and civil engineering in British Columbia. Murray was serving with the 67th Pioneer Battalion CEF, in France, when he was killed in action 11 October 1916, age 48. His name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.The year before his death, Murray and G.V. Copley had conducted the first detailed survey and timber reconnaissance in the area for the BC Forest Service. See also "The Historic Landmarks Association of Canada" Annual Report, 1919, p 48.

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

Above the junction with Monkman Creek, this was called the Slate River; at the confluence they become the Murray River (December 1979 letter from Guy Moore to Geographical Names Secretariat, copy on file M.2.54)

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa