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His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.
The Township of Richmond, British Columbia incorporated on November 10, 1879.
There is a possibility that, during an earthquake, the dykes could rupture and the alluvial soil may liquefy, causing extensive damage.
Richmond is also at risk of a major flood if the Fraser River has an unusually high spring freshet.
The drawback of Richmond's geographical location was that since all the land averages just one metre above sea level, it was prone to flooding, especially during high tide.
As a result, all the major islands are now surrounded by a system of dykes, which, although not as massive as those in the Netherlands or the levees of New Orleans, serve to protect the town from anticipated sources of flooding.
The Township of Richmond was modeled after Ontario’s political townships – an incorporated municipality, consisting of communities that are united as a single entity with a single municipal administration.
Neighbouring communities are Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta to the south. The Township of Richmond was named by Founding Father John Wesley Sexsmith after his birthplace The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario.
Both Steveston and Burkeville were independent villages until they were annexed by Richmond.
Since all of Richmond occupies islands in a river delta, the city has plenty of rich, alluvial soil for agriculture, and was one of the first areas in British Columbia to be farmed by Europeans in the 19th century.
Other crops grown include strawberries, corn, and potatoes.
In 2001 Richmond had approximately 47% of BC's cranberry acreage.
The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario was named for Governor General for British North America, Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, Richmond, Yorkshire, England.