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
- Find Yourself on Bell Island, NL – Part 2 (liveruralnl.com)