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Mark Bate (1857-1927) became a member of Nanaimo Lodge, No. 1090 in 1869, Nanaimo Lodge, No.3 in 1871 and Ashlar Lodge, No.3 in 1873. He remained a member of Ashlar Lodge, No. 3 until his death in 1927.
W. Bro. Mark Bate was one of Nanaimo’s leading citizens. He was the first Mayor of Nanaimo and subsequently served a total of 14 terms as Mayor. Nanaimo has some public monuments honouring Mark Bate.
Here are some more websites with information about W. Bro. Mark Bate:
- Nanaimo Public Art
- Cowichan Valley Citizen – article by T.W. Paterson, Cowichan Chronicles
- Nanaimo Archives, Mark Bate papers
- City of Nanaimo, List of Nanaimo Mayors (note- PDF)
Mark Bate’s former house is still standing at 522 Hecate Street in Nanaimo.
Mark Bate is buried in Bowen Road Cemetery in Nanaimo.
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