Murals Depict Aspects of the Past – Bell Island, NL

The Wabana Mines have been a part of the history since early 1610, as noted on a plaque adjacent to the mural. However, it was not until 1895 until the first cargo of ore was shipped to Nova Scotia. The  Memorial was placed in 1974 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of joining Confederation and to remember those who gave their lives to the production of iron ore from 1895 to 1966. A total of 106 names are listed on the memorial.

The value of such murals whether placed by local artists or the Provincial Government should be far-reaching in small Towns, Communities and even in larger centres as we strive to build vibrant economies that remember the past and build towards a modern tomorrow. Large centres may have advertisements from the past, with namesakes such as Crosby’s, Purity, Velma’s and maybe even an Auntie Crae’s to remember these fixtures. In rural regions, let us continue the beautification by hosting open air art galleries on fences, fishing rooms and outer buildings. Let’s celebrate our past, present and future with Murals, Memorials and outdoor art.

We did not have the opportunity to get a tour of the mine, but did pay homage to those who gave their lives while working to provide for their families. If you are on Bell Island, you may want to visit this Mural and many others.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

About Live Rural NL

I am a youth living in rural Newfoundland & Labrador that will share stories of culture, tradition, heritage, business, travel, geography and other posts relating to any rural. I completed a Bachelor of Commerce Hons. (Coop) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador. I currently live and work on the Great Northern Peninsula, where I was born and raised. However, I have lived and worked internationally and travelled to more than 30 countries around the globe. On October 11, 2011 I was elected the youngest Member to Represent the people of the Straits -White Bay North in the Provincial Legislature of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Posted on January 16, 2012, in Art, Vacations and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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