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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
 

William (Billy) Barker

1817 - 1894

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2014
1. William (Billy) Barker Marker
Inscription.  

Baptized: March, Cambridgeshire, England
June 7 1817
Died: Victoria, B.C., Canada
July 11, 1894


On August 17 of 1862, Barker struck gold at 52 feet on Williams Creek, Cariboo. The town of Barkerville bears his name. Like many miners he was soon broke, but Barker continued to mine and prospect throughout the Cariboo for the rest of his life.

The fabulous wealth of the Cariboo mines laid the foundation for British Columbia. With this monument, Billy Barker is honoured as a builder of the Province.

He died poor in wealth but forever rich in friends.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEnvironmentSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 48° 24.634′ N, 123° 20.438′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Monument is in Section F of Ross Bay Cemetery, south of Fairfield Road and east of Memorial Crescent. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1G1, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isabella Mainville Ross (within shouting distance of
William (Billy) Barker Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2014
2. William (Billy) Barker Monument
this marker); Minnie Victoria Robertson (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Right Reverend George Hills, D.D. (about 120 meters away); Kakehashi (about 120 meters away); George and Isabella Pottinger (about 150 meters away); William Edgar Oliver (about 180 meters away); Lorne Lewis (about 240 meters away); Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ross Bay Cemetery at Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria. (Submitted on June 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Barkerville. (Submitted on June 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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