1999.311 | Asbestos Corporation hockey team, 1934

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Asbestos Corporation hockey team, 1934
1934, 20th century
Silver salts on paper
6.3 x 17.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Alfred Penhale Estate
This artefact belongs to :© Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines
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Keys to History

Relations between employers and employees were not always tense. The miners sometimes felt like children of the "big family" of the company they worked for, probably due to the paternalism of the mining executives. In October 1915, for example, George Robert Smith (1860-1922), manager of Bell Asbestos Mines of Thetford Mines, told a reporter: "I've always treated my men as a father treats his children." In 1918 the company gave each employee $25 for Christmas. The mining companies also sponsored recreational activities for their employees, including baseball and hockey.

  • What

    The Asbestos Corporation Ltd. and Johnson had their own hockey teams. Most companies provided financial support for the many clubs in the region.

  • Where

    This outdoor rink was probably in Thetford Mines.

  • When

    This photo was taken during the 1933-34 hockey season.

  • Who

    These players are on the Asbestos Corporation Ltd. hockey team.