The Mill Workers – Individual Stories
A family at Britannia Beach.
c. 1930. BCMM# 11828
The family photos from those who lived in the community paint the picture. During the special occasions of their lives -- the sports events, the annual Copper Queen ceremony, or simply the daily pleasure of watching children play -- the Mill always loomed in the background. It was as important to the landscape as the mountains and the water, comforting with its bright lights and constant rumbling. Residents did not need to venture inside to fully understand that its presence and operations meant everything to the existence of their town.
Here are the stories of community members who worked or grew up at Britannia Beach or The Townsite. Few of us will ever experience life in an isolated company town, particularly in this age of communication when media and computers connect even the most remote areas. Discover what it was like to live at Britannia Beach, click here to listen to interviews with workers and residents of the community.