1954.62 | Loading Spoolwood near Newcastle, New Brunswick
Loading Spoolwood near Newcastle, New Brunswick
About 1895, 19th century
22 x 28 cm
Gift of Dr. Louise Manny
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
By the turn of the 20th century, the lumber industry in New Brunswick had begun to change. Railways were built to the timberlands and logs were shipped directly to the mills, thus avoiding reliance on the spring thaw and the unpredictable journey by water. Finally, smaller mills were built in the hinterland, from where logs sawed into lumber were shipped by rail to provincial destinations or to ports for export.
Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
Dr. Manny collected data and stories from those who were involved in the lumber camps and river drives, and who made a living by farming, fishing and basket-making.
Newcastle, now incorporated into the city of Miramichi, is located on the north bank of the Miramichi River.
In 1958, Dr. Manny founded the Miramichi Folk Song Festival, the longest-running event of its kind in Canada.
The donor, Dr. Louise Manny (1890-1970), is best known as the historian of the Miramichi River.