Fur trader’s life celebrated

Fur trader, explorer and author John McLean’s legacy will be commemorated where he lays in the Ross Bay Cemetery.

A grave restoration project of his plot will be unveiled May 28.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. a representative of the family and the Hudson’s Bay Company will present a plaque.

After a 28-year career with the company, McLean retired with some bitterness over several failed attempts at promotion, according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online. Three years later, he published Twenty-five Years’ Service in the Hudson’ Bay Territory. He moved to Victoria in 1883 and died in 1890.

McLean’s plot is approximately 175 metres to the right of the cemetery entrance facing Fairfield Plaza.

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