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Sketch of the Town of Douglas on Harrison Lake by Oliver Hare

March 13, 2017

Here is a copy of the engraving that appeared in the  Illustrated London News, a clipping from the British Colonist newspaper of Victoria BC, and from the same newspaper, notice of his death.

Port Douglas BC was named by the miners who built the Harrison Lake and Lillooet trail in 1858. They wanted to call the town after Alexandere Caulfield Anderson, who had mapped the route for the Hudson Bay Company in 1846.  In 1858  Anderson was Collector of Customs and took time to travel to the head of Harrison Lake to supervise the start of work on the road. Anderson suggested they name the townsite after the Governor instead.  The town is situated on a small lake, or cove, at the north end of Harrison Lake, then called Douglas Lake and now known as Little Harrison Lake.

The sternwheel steamer Umatilla first came up the Harrison River from Fraser River to enter Harrison Lake on July 24, 1858.  On her return trip she brought a crowd of miners from Victoria, Vancouver Island.


The Town of Douglas And Harrison Lake, – 1864 – Sketches in British Columbia – London Illustrated News


“Views of British Columbia –

When we noticed the excellent views of Harrison Lake, Douglas, and La Fountain, which appeared in the illustrated London News of the 17th Dec, we were not aware that they were taken from sketches by Oliver Hare, Esq., Registrar of the Supreme Court of this Colony. It is not improbable that we shall have the pleasure of seeing some more illustrations from the same source.” – British Colonist Feb 15, 1865.



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