Curiously there is a place named Ben-my-Chree in the north of British Columbia, Canada at the south end of Lake Tagish, which though narrow is 24 miles long extending north into the Yukon Territory. How did that place come to get its name? We have already remarked on the association of the names Klondike and Dawson City with the building of Heysham Harbour. Lake Tagish is on the route to the Klondike area as it became famously known.
Dawson City is in the Yukon Territory of Canada on the large river Yukon and the Klondike is a small tributary flowing into the Yukon at Dawson; much of the gold prospecting was done in the Klondike valley.
Otto Partridge was brought up on the Isle of Man, although not born there, and attended King William’s College. As a young man in the 1890s he became involved in the gold rush though not directly a prospector. He used an inheritance to buy land for a mill on Lake Tagish and named the place as Ben-my-chree to remind him of his ‘girl friend’ Kate, still back in the UK. When eventually the mill closed (once the gold rush was over) he settled there with Kate and created spectacular gardens which became a regular tourist destination in the first half of the 20th century.
There are a number of slightly differing versions of the tale of Otto and Kate Partridge on the web.