Braithwaite Park

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Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1956)

Name Origins: (Commemorative, Land Feature, Botanical, Royal (British or Other), Other/Unknown)


English: locative name from any of several places so named in Cumbria and Yorkshire.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Meaning ‘broad clearing’, Cumbria, near Keswick.

From: A Dictionary of British Place Names

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Dr. Edward A. Braithwaite (1862-1949) was Edmonton's first medical officer. Born in England, Braithwaite came to Canada in 1884. He joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) that year and upon his retirement in 1931 had the longest record of service in the history of the force. In 1892 he established a private practice in Edmonton, but retained his connection with the NWMP. During this same period, from 1892 to 1907, he served as medical health officer for Edmonton. Braithwaite was appointed coroner for the North-West Territories in 1896 and became chief coroner and medical inspector for Alberta in 1932, retiring in 1948. Braithwaite Park, in the Garneau neighbourhood, has an area of 1.21 ha.

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