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Herbalist Chest (Merchandising T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1993.040.001
  • Item
  • 1993-11-01

The chest was made in China c. 1910 and brought to Nanaimo prior to World War I by Wong Kee (a.k.a. Wong Wah Soon) for use in his herbalist shop, Dai Song Tong or Keep You Alive Drugstore located at 10 Pine Street in Nanaimo's Chinatown. Wong...

Demijohn (Container)

  • CA NAN NAN_1993.042.001
  • Item
  • 1993-12-09

Used by donor's uncle, Sam Jung, who immigrated to Canada during late 19th century and was foreman at No. 1 mine for the rail and sawmill sections. Sam Jung brought donor to Canada in 1918. Demijohn held whiskey and herbs for flavouring it.

Jung, Mr.

Cup & Saucer & plate (Food Service T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.001 (a-b-c)
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

Donor, Mrs. Murdoch, had obtained tea set pieces from Mrs. Cecil Mulhulland, who had obtained them from Mrs. Hardy, who had owned a herbalist shop on Victoria Crescent. Mrs. Murdoch's estimation was that the tea set was approximately 85 years...

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Tea Plate (Food Service T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.001 (c)
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

Donor, Mrs. Murdoch, had obtained tea set pieces from Mrs. Cecil Mulhulland, who had obtained them from Mrs. Hardy, who had owned a herbalist shop on Victoria Crescent. Mrs. Murdoch's estimation was that the tea set was approximately 85 years...

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Ginger Jar (Food T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.002 (a-c)
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

Donor, Mrs. Murdoch, purchased the ginger in Nanaimo's Chinatown during the early period of her marriage, which had been in 1939.

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Figurine (Art)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.003
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

The figurine was given to Mrs. Murdoch early in her marriage of 1939 by her mother-in-law. The figurine was purchased in Nanaimo's Chinatown.

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Group Figurine (Art)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.004
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

The figurine was given to Mrs. Murdoch early in her marriage of 1939 by her mother-in-law. The figurine was purchased in Nanaimo's Chinatown.

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Chinese Sculpture (Art)

  • CA NAN NAN_1994.013.005
  • Item
  • 1994-09-28

The sculpture was given to Mrs. Murdoch early in her marriage of 1939 by her mother-in-law. The figurine was purchased in Nanaimo's Chinatown.

Murdoch, J., Mrs.

Water Pipe (Personal Gear)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.302.001 (a-b)
  • Item
  • 1999-09-1

According to Kit Stannard, this was part of a Chinese opium pipe.

Bastion Museum Society

Soybean Oil Jar (Food T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.335.001
  • Item
  • 1999-10-20

Local - Possibly Chinese Soybean oil jar, found at Old North Wellington Chinatown. Information taken from Nanaimo Bastion inventory file.

Bastion Museum Society

Beaded Purse (Personal Gear)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.506.001 (a-c)
  • Item
  • 1999-03-8

Local - given as a gift to donors Grandmother Martha Dawson (nee Southern) circa 1920's by Emerald Bing Kee Mah R.N. on the occasion of her wedding

Johnson, Sue

Lady's Slipper (Clothing-Footwear)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.539.001 - .002
  • Item
  • 1999-06-16

Local - purchased in Hong Kong circa 1985 as a gift for Mrs. Mar by her Sister in Law. Worn by Mrs. Mar until donated to the Museum in the early 1990s.

Mar, Pamela

Chinese Coins (Exchange Medium)

  • CA NAN NAN_1999.561.001 - .011
  • Item
  • 1999-09-3

Said to be original examples of Chinese coins dating from 1644-1911, though this seems unlikely, they are more likely modern reproductions of old coins, they were purchased by the donor from an importer in Vancouver as a set and apparently display...

Wong, Chuck

Bottle (Merchandising T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2001.081.002
  • Item
  • 2002-01-11

unknown. Donor found bottle in Nanaimo area on Protection Island.

Williams, Parker

Chinese Soup Bowl (Food Service T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2003.083.002 (a-c)
  • Item
  • 2003-09-4

The soup bowl, lid, and saucer were used for formal dinners at the Rendezvous Restaurant in Nanaimo.

Wong, Chuck

Chinese Teapot (Food Service T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2003.086.009
  • Item
  • 2003-09-18

The tea pot is from the estate of Dick Mah and may have belonged to his grandparent, Bing Kee Mah. The tea pot is c. 1850.

Mah, Marion

Chinese Teapot (Food Service T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2003.086.010
  • Item
  • 2003-09-18

The tea pot is from c. 1850. The pot is from the estate of Dick Mah and may have belonged to his grandparent, Bing Kee Mah.

Mah, Marion

Ginger Pot (Food T&E)

  • CA NAN NAN_2003.086.011
  • Item
  • 2003-09-18

The pot is from the estate of Dick Mah and may have belonged to his grandparent, Bing Kee Mah.

Mah, Marion

Medicine Bottle (Container)

  • CA NAN NAN_2008.037.012
  • Item
  • 2008-05-29

From B.C. but not local. Wilma's husband who worked as a logger and collected bottles from areas including Cumberland, Nanaimo, and Duncan

Riley, Wilma

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