Friends of the Morden Mine

Welcome to the Friends of the Morden Mine website. We are a non-profit society dedicated to the preservation of the most complete above-ground remains of an historic coal mine on Vancouver Island and the earliest of two such reinforced concrete structures in North America. The still standing 74 foot (22.5 m.) head frame and adjacent tipple of what was once Morden Colliery are located in Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in South Wellington, just south of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Since our society was formed in 2003, we have been actively promoting awareness of the need for preservation of Morden's structures, built in 1913, as well as the history of Morden Colliery and the men who worked there. Preservation of these now 101 year old structures is a race against time. The deterioration of concrete components of the head frame and tipple structures is escalating at an alarming rate. Every spring more dislodged chunks of concrete can be found on the ground below the structures and more reinforcing steel becomes exposed to the elements. We need your help and welcome new members and donations as we continue our efforts to publicize and educate the public about Morden Mine and to persuade the Province to fix the heritage structures that are integral to this park. We are a registered charity and issue income tax receipts for monetary donations.

We welcome comments, suggestions, information, volunteer assistance, and contributions of various materials, such as newspaper clippings, letters, maps, for the Friends of Morden Mine fond at Nanaimo Community Archives.

For those wishing to contact us our e-mail is