Mine managers encouraged the miners, mostly from Britain, to participate in recreational activities by subsidizing colliery bands and providing band members with free coal to heat their homes.
Opera House: The three-storey brick building on Church Street, now the site of the Dorchester Hotel, was built in 1888. It operated as a hotel on the upper two floors and as a theatre on the ground floor.
It was complete with a mirrored rotunda, royal box and loges, upper and lower galleries, and an orchestra pit. The prime attraction in 1900 was a performance by the Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson. Chinatown also had a 400-seat opera house featuring touring companies from Hong Kong and China.Back To Exhibits