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1884 Chinese Bull Gang

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society 

Artist(s): Ernest Marza

Producer: Chemainus Festival of Murals Society

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Completed: 1984

Dimensions: 32m x 3m (104’ x 10’)

Best Viewed: From the parking lot opposite the BC Liquor Store.

“Historical Series #16: 1884 Chinese Bull Gang”

Many Chinese people had been enticed to the west coast of Canada as labourers in the late 1800s. A number settled in Chemainus with the promise of steady work in the lumber industry.

In the mural, 23 men of the Chinese “Bull Gang” struggle to move a huge timber through the lumber yard to a sailing vessel. Planks laid in front of the wheels of the cart provided a smooth track.

The mural is based on a photograph from the Victoria Lumber & Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at the turn of the 20th century.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: Legion St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0, Canada | Get Directions