HAYBALL, Gwen




Author Tags: Biography

From Dorset in 1994 Gwen Hayball published an appreciation of Warburton Mayer Pike in a limited edition of 200 copies, Warburton Pike: An Unassuming Gentlemanb(Poole, England, 1994). The highest hill on Saturna Island, where Pike owned property, is now named Mount Warburton. St. Mary Magdalene church on Mayne Island is on land donated by Warburton Pike. Once provisional director of the newly incorporated Cassiar Central Railway, he became hopelessly mired in debt. Sometimes known as 'Crazy Pike', he explored northern and south-eastern B.C. prior to committing suicide with a pen knife in an English sanitarium. It has been speculated that his erratic behaviour and his solitary lifestyle was due to his contraction of syphilis as a young man after dropping out of Oxford and prowling London's west end with his older brother Marmaduke. His books were The Barren Ground of Northern Canada (London: Macmillan, 1892) and Through the Subarctic Forest (London: Edward Arnold, 1896. Both were reprinted by Arno Press of New York in 1967. Peter Murray wrote about Warburton Pike in Home from the Hill: Three Gentlemen Adventurers (Horsdal & Schubart, 1994). [See Warburton Pike entry].

[BCBW 2004] "Biography"