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Oil Painting of Jumbo's Cabin by Lilly Perrin

  • CA CUMB CUMB_981.109
  • Item
  • 1980

First place ribbon attached to the back of this painting for “V-I-X Vancouver Island Exhibition Association Nanaimo, B.C.” Awarded July 30th 1980 to Lily Perrin age 80, Division M Class J. Jumbo's Cabin is the only remaining structure from Cu...

Lilly Perrin

Tom Keye Store (Mah Family Store) in Chinatown, Cumberland B.C.

  • CA CUMB CUMB_980.1051.001
  • Item
  • [ca. 192- - 193-]

Tom Keye Store (Mah Family Store) with residence upstairs (1920’s and 30’s Chinatown, Cumberland B.C.). After the war Hui Toon (a Carpenter) came back from China and lived in this building. Annie Fong lived upstairs after the Mah family moved ou...

Chinatown, Cumberland B.C. in Late 1950’s – Mid 1960’s

  • CA CUMB CUMB_980.1049.001
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  • [ca. 195- - 196-]

The house with smoke rising from it belonged to Ng Da Dun, who worked on the railroad keeping it greased and clean until 1955; Ng Da Dun then became a gardener for the Bickle family. Across the yard to the left of this photo is Lung Suey and the l...

Jumbo (Hor Sue Mah) Sitting on the Porch of His Cabin

  • CA CUMB CUMB_980.1045.001
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  • [196-]

Jumbo’s cabin was constructed in the early 1880’s as a payroll office for the Union Colliery Company, and in the 1900’s the cabin was Cumberland’s jailhouse. Jumbo (aka Hor Sue Mah) took the cabin as his home in approximately 1912 and he continued...

Stores and Buildings in Chinatown, Cumberland B.C.

  • CA CUMB CUMB_980.010.050
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  • 1960

The view of Chinatown in this photo shows Mah Kim’s store that was later a gambling hall on the right; the building in the middle at the rear belonged to Wong Suey, and the building behind the car belonged to “Slugger.”

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