George Henry Richards
Sir George Henry Richards
|Born||13 January 1820|
Antony, Cornwall, UK
|Died||14 November 1896 (aged 76)|
Bath, Somerset, UK
|Wars||First Opium War|
He served in South America, the Falkland Islands, New Zealand, Australia and in the First Opium War in China. Promoted to captain in 1854, from 1857 to 1864 he was in command of the two survey ships: HMS Plumper and HMS Hecate.
Survey work in Canada
He was the second British commissioner to the San Juan Islands Boundary Commission and a hydrographer on the coast of British Columbia in 1857–1862. He is responsible for the selection and designation of dozens of placenames along the British Columbia coast. In the Vancouver area, for example, he named False Creek. In 1859, after his engineer Francis Brockton found a vein of coal, he named Brockton Point and the area of Coal Harbour. In 1860, he named Mount Garibaldi after Giuseppe Garibaldi. Other landmarks in the area named by him are the Britannia Range, and Brunswick Mountain and many features in the Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, and Jervis Inlet areas.
In 1864 he was appointed hydrographer and held that position until 1874 when he retired.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 1866 He was knighted in 1877, became a [[Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1881 and became an admiral in 1884. He died in Bath, Somerset aged 76.
- Little, Gary. "Capt. George Henry Richards: 1860 Sunshine Coast Survey"
- "Library and Archive Catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 5 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Richards Place-names of Alberta