Robert Carruthers fonds
 
        Robert Carruthers fonds [textual record, cartographic material]. -- 1921-1968, 1996.
1.5 cm of textual records
ca. 30 books and pamphlets
 
        Robert Carruthers was born in Cumberland, England, on April 2, 1899. In 1909, thefamily emigrated to Nanaimo. At 17, he followed in his father Isaac Carruther's footsteps to become a miner. He was first employed by the Western Fuel Company in the Reserve Mine in Cedar. In 1922, Carruthers married and in 1923 the couple moved to Utah, U.S.A.. Carruthers subsequently returned to Nanaimo, working at the Northfield Mine from 1933 until the mine closed in 1941. In 1942, after 18 months of negotiations, he and partner Bill Wakelem obtained a permit to work the outcrops and pillars of coal left at the previously closed Wellington #9 mine. He continued to work this mine until his retirement in 1968. He obtained a first-aid certificate at age 17, and was accepted on the Mine Rescue Team the following year. When he was 35, he achieved the Fire Boss Certificate. He was a member of the winning team in the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in 1935. He was also active in the Pioneer Society.
        Fonds consists of three plans indicating the workings of the Loudon-Wakelem slopes and Carruthers slopes of Wellington #9 mine from 1949 until 1964. The latest is incomplete but does include a manuscript schematic drawing of Nanaimo mine locations. Copies of Mr. Carruthers miner's certificates, copies of newspaper articles written about Mr. Carruthers upon his retirement and his textbooks on mining are also included. A number of these are from the International Correspondence School (ICS). Also included are two Special Rules booklets that outline the rules and regulations of Western Fuel Company mines in Nanaimo and descriptions of various mine jobs (shotlighter, bratticemen, loaders etc.).
        Title based on the contents of the fonds.
        Donor has document originals and photographs which were considered too fragile for photocopying.