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Robert Burnaby had little connection to this city
Re: Mayor gave Robert Burnaby short shrift (Letters, NewsLeader, Dec. 11)
I am responding to the online comment by Brent Stratichuk.
Ignoring his childish sarcasm, he is profoundly uninformed on the history of the province. Robert Burnaby was an assistant to Colonel Moody in 1858, given the responsibility for mapping part of the Lower Mainland area. As a reward, Moody named a lake after him. (Moody also named Lulu Island after a 16-year-old travelling showgirl, Lulu Sweet. Her gravesite is unknown)
Robert Burnaby had nothing to do with our city, aside from the lake being named after him. He didn’t settle here and he didn’t make any contribution to our history. Shortly after his stint as a bureaucrat in Victoria, he returned to England.
In 1892, Burnaby was incorporated as a District Municipality and the founding citizens decided to name our city after the most significant local feature, Burnaby Lake. It was not named after Robert Burnaby, because nobody knew him, knew who he was or had any logical reason to name the municipality after him. History is about truth and I simply stated the truth as garnered from years of reading about Burnaby and talking to our citizens.
Mr. Stratichuk may not like the facts, but he has to accept them. By the way, Robert Burnaby’s letters during his five-year posting in B.C. do nothing to establish any greater connection with our community or our local history. Mr. Stratichuk is wrong about that too.
Our city efforts and expenditures on preserving our history and heritage are among the best in the country. If Mr. Stratichuk is interested, there are many opportunities, online or through our archives, for him to learn about the history of Burnaby and the importance of truth and accuracy in telling our story.
Mayor Derek Corrigan