C.S.W. Barwell

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C.S.W. Barwell, DLS, died in Vancouver early in October 1950 at the age of 81. He passed away in his sleep and was buried in the area reserved for War Veterans in a local cemetery.

Mr. Barwell came from the County of Norfolk in England and was one of a large family, some of whom survive him. He was educated at Westminster School and at Oxford, getting his Blue for association football at the university. He was a good long jumper and a cricketer of some ability, playing, on occasion, for his county.

Coming to Canada in the very early nineties, he obtained his commission as a Dominion Land Surveyor, working for a season in the Rocky Mountains with the late A.O. Wheeler, DLS, on some of the earliest photo-topographic surveys.

In 1897, he went with a small prospecting party to the Yukon, via the Lynn Canal and either the Chilkoot or White passes to the lakes at the head waters of the Lewis River and so down the Yukon river to its Klondike tributary where he stayed, surveying and prospecting, in the vicinity of Dawson City till he went to France in the 1914-1918 war.

Returning to Canada, he spent the last thirty years of his life surveying and prospecting, chiefly the latter, for the lure of the prospector was strong upon him.

In The Canadian Surveyor for October 1926 he had an article on the discovery of the Klondike, illustrated with an excellent map and so well and interestingly written and so thoroughly authentic as to be, in its way, a classic.

Mount Barwell, approximately 40 km south-west of Calgary, is named after him.

Source: The Canadian Surveyor, October 1950