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.
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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