Mining heritage celebrated

The Friends of the Morden Mine Society is digging deep into Nanaimo’s coal mining heritage and wants to hear from the public.

The society is hosting a reception commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Morden Mine Saturday (Sept. 29) beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Museum.

The public is invited to a celebration that marks the historical event of  March 1912 when Pacific Coast Coal Mining Company began drilling the No. 3 and No. 4 shafts of the Morden Mine.

The afternoon includes a talk by author and historian Tom Paterson  entitled Coal Was Not Always a Dirty Word, a buffet-style luncheon and a toast to the Morden miners

Memberships, memorabilia and the society’s new 100-year commemorative and geo-cache coins will be available for purchase.

The Friends also invite descendants of the Morden Colliery miners to pay homage to their ancestors, provide information and add to a compiled list of Morden miners.

The exhibit will be displayed at the museum until the 3rd week in November.

All those planning to attend are asked to send an e-mail to under the heading Celebration

For more information, go to www.

The Nanaimo Museum is at 100 Museum Way in the Port of Nanaimo Centre.

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