Walter Butler Cheadle

Dr. Walter B. Cheadle, ca.1863

Dr. Walter B. Cheadle, ca.1863
British Columbia Archives

Dr. Walter Cheadle, photographed in San Francisco, 1863 (detail)

Dr. Walter Cheadle, photographed in San Francisco, 1863 (detail)
British Columbia Archives

Walter Butler Cheadle [1835–1910]

b. 1835 — Colne, Lancashire, England
d. 1910 — London, England

Cheadle accompanied William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Milton [1839–1877] on a journey across Canada in 1862–63. They crossed the Rocky Mountains through Yellowhead Pass, almost starved in the North Thompson Country, and eventually straggled into Kamloops. They visited the Cariboo gold fields before returning to England by ship from Victoria.

Cheadle, the older and more resourceful of the two, assumed most of the responsibility for their journey. He spelled out their story in two books, Journal of a Trip across Canada and The North West Passage by Land, which has gone through ten editions. In 1865, Cheadle resumed medical practice in London, and married in the following year. He met with great success in his career, and served as dean of St. Mary’s Medical School from 1869 to 1873. In the face of much opposition, he stood among the early supporters of women’s claims to a right to practice medicine.

Sources of biographical information about Cheadle:

Cheadle is the namesake of the following places in the Mount Robson region:

Events in the Mount Robson region in which Cheadle was involved:

  • 1863 Milton and Cheadle through YHP
Works pertinent to the Mount Robson region of which Cheadle was author or co-author:

  • —   Cheadle’s Journal of Trip Across Canada 1862-63. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1931. University of British Columbia Library
  • Milton, William Wentworth Fitzwilliam [1839–1877], and —   The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1865
  • Milton, William Wentworth Fitzwilliam [1839–1877], and —   Voyage de l’Atlantique au Pacifique, à travers le Canada, les montagnes Rocheuses et la Colombie anglaise. Paris: Hachette, 1872

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