8)    RICHARD MOODY 5:09


When the Colony of British Columbia was established in the year 1858, British Colonial Secretary, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, dispatched a contingent of Her Majesty's Royal Engineers to the Pacific Northwest.“You go not as enemies but as the benefactors of the land you visit, and children unborn will, I believe, bless the hour when Queen Victoria sent forth her sappers and miners to found a second England on the shores of the Pacific.”

The Royal Engineers under Colonel Richard Clements Moody had a profound influence on the territory they surveyed. Their names adorn towns and landmarks throughout the province and we drive upon the very routes they mapped out a hundred and fifty years ago.

 

The story of the Royal Engineers in British Columbia is inseparably linked to New Westminster (The Royal City). Their contributions to our Province (then colony) can still be appreciated today, as we drive over roads and highways they first blazed a century and a half ago, (Kingsway, North Road, The Cariboo Road) the institutions they established (The Royal Columbian Hospital, Hyak Fire Brigade) and in place names throughout the province (Sapperton, Port Moody, Lynn Valley, Spences Bridge)

 

Colonel Richard Clements Moody was the commanding officer and a man of great foresight. It is to Moody that we owe both Stanley Park and the University Endowment Lands, which he first set aside as military land reserves.




In the year of our lord, eighteen-and-fifty-eight

Lord Bulwer-Lytton's Royal Engineers arrived at Esquimalt Quay
With officers handy these men of esteem
Had come here to harness the virgin frontier, for Colony & Queen

With tales by the score of your heroes in war
Or how daring adventurers have christened new shores
Give me Victoria's stouthearted lads for they've served us well and truly

Who surveyed the borderline from the Pacific on through?
Spanned raging rivers and quarreled through stone
Building roads to the Cariboo?
Who laid out each highway, townsite and city street?
Upheld the Queen's law if necessity called as keepers of the peace

Architects, tradesmen these engineers all
Gentlemen scholars to answer the call
With shovel and pack, by compass and map
They tamed the wilds unruly
Here is a health to the Royal Engineers and a cheer to Richard Moody

On July the eighteenth, eighteen and sixty-three
That was the day that old England recalled her Royal Engineers
But besides the few officers, most would leave their careers
To try out their hand with a parcel of land, our colonial pioneers

With tales by the score of your heroes in war
Or how daring adventurers have christened new shores
Give me Victoria's stouthearted lads for they've served us well and truly
Here is a health to the Royal Engineers and a cheer to Richard Moody

Music & lyrics by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN)

From Tiller’s Folly: Ghosts of the Mighty Fraser CD (1999)

Bruce Coughlan: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Laurence Knight: electric bass
Mike Sanyshyn: fiddle, mandolin
Victor Smith: whistles
Craig McGregor: octave mandolin
Geoff Eyre: drums
Shawn Soucy: percussion

 

Produced by Laurence Knight
Engineered by John Ellis & Craig Stauffer
Recorded and mixed at Magic Lab Studios, Surrey, BC

Mastered by Craig Waddell at Gotham City, Vancouver, BC.
Re-mastered by Joby Baker, Baker Studios, Victoria, BC.