Benjamin William Pearse (1832-1872), an assistant surveyor hired by his cousin, J.D. Pemberton, assumes Pemberton’s position as surveyor general after Pemberton retires. Pearse endorses the establishment of a sawmill at Chemainus Bay to harvest the abundant timber. Later in his career, Pearse marks out reserves in Victoria and Cowichan.
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