Nanaimo’s Last Hanging / Flying Dutchman

At Nanaimo Historical Society’s September 8 evening meeting, Dave Flawse revealed the story of Nanaimo’s last hanging (of Henry Wagner, whose alias was Jack the Flying Dutchman).  Ex-convicts and thieves Henry Wagner and his accomplice William Julian attempted to rob  the Fraser and Bishop General Store in Union Bay the… Read more

Provenance of the Poppy

Nanaimo Historical Society Director Darrell Ohs recently investigated the history of the poppy worn on Remembrance Day. The Nanaimo Free Press, issue 07 November 1925, appealed to its readers to “Wear a VETCRAFT Poppy on Armistice Day”, because the flowers were “visible evidence of remembrance” that also provided “funds on… Read more

History of the Colliery Dams

Nanaimo Historical Society director, Tony Orchard, has created a video presentation on the history of the Colliery Dams in Nanaimo. This was presented in January, 2021. You can watch this video on YouTube here:

Wellington Cemetery Tour

Join Christine Meutzner on her informative October 2020 tour of Nanaimo’s Wellington Cemetery. You can watch the tour on YouTube here:    

Shipwrecks and the Nanaimo coal trade

Join Nanaimo Historical Society President David Hill-Turner and learn the fascinating history of Nanaimo’s coal trade and its related shipwrecks. You can view his September 2020 YouTube presentation here:

Nanaimo Historical Society 2020 Distinguished Service Award

2020 Distinguished Service Award

Gordon Miller received the Nanaimo Historical Society 2020 Distinguished Service Award.

Nanaimo Historical Society 2019 Culture and Heritage Award

2019 Culture and Heritage Award