RESOURCES

From Nanaimo coal mining to archaeology in BC, find helpful historical resources here.

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PDF file icon Black Tuesday Learn about the two explosions on May 1887 in the No. 1 Esplanade Coal Mine, that devasted the thriving city of Nanaimo and changed the lives of the local mining families forever.
PDF file icon Cedar By The Sea Memories 1890 - 1970 Cedar By The Sea is a neighborhood of Cedar, south of Nanaimo, described as the area at the seaward end of Barnes Road, from Cable Bay boundary in the north to Haro Road in the south, and to Fawcett Road in the west.
PDF file icon Harewood: Land of Wakesiah This booklet about the early history of the Harewood area in Nanaimo was published by the Harewood Centennial Committee in 1967.
PDF file icon Mackey Essay An Essay on Birthing Practices of North American First Nations Women: Community Bonds and the Power Within, by Brianna Mackey.
PDF file icon Morden Mine A self-guided historical interpretive trail walking tour of Morden Mine, courtesy of Simon Priest, local resident/student of history, and Mike Laroque, from The Friends of Morden Mine.
PDF file icon North Cedar History Tour June 2022 In June of 2022, the Cedar community celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Cedar Hall. Compiled by Roger Prior for the Cedar Community Hall Centennial Committee (copyright April 2022), a self-guided tour of the area near to the Hall is now available.
PDF file icon Pioneer Settlement 1854: Volume 1 A history of the 24 families who arrived in Nanaimo in November 1854, from locally-born historian and genealogist Peggy Nicholls.
PDF file icon Pioneer Settlement 1854: Volume 2 A history of the 24 families who arrived in Nanaimo in November 1854, from locally-born historian and genealogist Peggy Nicholls.
PDF file icon Pioneer Settlement 1854: Volume 3 A history of the 24 families who arrived in Nanaimo in November 1854, from locally-born historian and genealogist Peggy Nicholls.
PDF file icon Pioneer Settlement 1854: Volume 4 A history of the 24 families who arrived in Nanaimo in November 1854, from locally-born historian and genealogist Peggy Nicholls.
PDF file icon Ranallo Essay An essay on Inca Women Before and After Spanish Colonization of the Andes, by Isabella Ranallo (March 28 2022).
We acknowledge that we meet on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people from whom Nanaimo takes its name.