Masonic History In Nanaimo
On 3 May 1887 there was a major explosion in the Esplanade No. 1 coal mine in Nanaimo.
150 coal miners died as a result of the explosion, including three members of Ashlar Lodge No. 3: Samuel Hudson, aged 37, who was overcome by fumes after going back into the mine after the explosion in search of injured victims; Malcolm McLEAN, aged 30 and Archibald MUIR, aged 53.
Samuel Hudson, Malcolm McLEAN and Archibald MUIR are buried in Bowen Road Cemetery, Nanaimo.
Here are some sites with more information on the Esplanade Mine Explosion:
- Hallmark Society – Victoria
- City of Nanaimo – South End Heritage Walk (note: PDF)
- Nanaimo Information
- Nanaimo News Bulletin
- Nanaimo Info Blog
- Islander – Times Colonist
- Heritage BC
- Coal Watch
- MordenMine.com has a list of all Vancouver Island miners killed in industrial incidents between 1874 and 1899. (note: PDF)
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