1954.62 | Loading Spoolwood near Newcastle, New Brunswick

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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
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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)

  • What

    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.

  • Where

    Newcastle, now incorporated into the city of Miramichi, is located on the north bank of the Miramichi River.

  • When

    In 1958, Dr. Manny founded the Miramichi Folk Song Festival, the longest-running event of its kind in Canada.

  • Who

    The donor, Dr. Louise Manny (1890-1970), is best known as the historian of the Miramichi River.