Nanaimo Public Art Inventory - Mark Bate (1837-1927)

Mark Bate (1837-1927)

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Artist: Dorthea E. Kennedy
Location: Mark Bate Memorial Tree Plaza (next to the Lighthouse Bistro/Pub on the downtown waterfront)
Category: Statue
Year Created: 2002
Materials: Bronze
Sponsors: Gyro Club, Women of the Moose, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Order of the Royal Purple Lodge No. 16, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 125 (Ladies Auxiliary), Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 10
Cost: N/A
Status: Public


This bonze bust was created in the memory of Mark Bate, who became the first mayor of Nanaimo in 1875. He served an additional 15 1-year terms as mayor (1876-1879, 1881-1886, 1888-1889, and 1898-1900). In 1873, he became Nanaimo's first Justice of the Peace. In 1875, he was appointed by Marine and Fisheries Canada to the Pilotage Authority for British Columbia and in 1879, he was appointed to the separate Pilotage Authority for the Port of Nanaimo. He was the first Chairman of the Board of Education in 1865, president of the Nanaimo Literary Institute for many years, president and conductor of the Nanaimo Brass Band, government appointee to the Hospital Board and a member of numerous organizations including Ashlar Lodge, No. 3., Ancient Order of Foresters, Oddfellows, Arch of the Druids, American Legion of Honour and Master Workman of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.


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