W1319 | William Parks

William Parks
E.G. Williams & Brother
About 1880, 19th century
26.4 x 20.3 cm
John Clarence Webster Canadiana Collection
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

While earlier migrants assimilated into existing cultural communities in New Brunswick, by the 1840s people thought less in terms of adaptation than in terms of the survival and transplantation of Irish culture.

William Parks (18001870) was born in Buckley, County Monaghan, and immigrated to New Brunswick in 1822, settling in Saint John. After beginning business life in the grocery and drygoods business, by the early 1840s Parks had become a prominent member of the provincial shipbuilding industry as a shipowner himself. As a member of the Saint John board of trade, a director of the Commercial Bank of New Brunswick and a substantial investor in both the Saint John Gas Light Company and the Saint John Water Company, Parks was distinguished by his almost inexhaustible energy.

This intaglio print of Parks was made in the late 19th century.

  • What

    Intaglio is a method of printing in which paper is pressed into inked lines cut into the surface of a metal plate or cylinder.

  • Where

    E.G. Williams & Brother, the company that produced this print, was located in New York.

  • When

    William Parks opened a cotton mill in 1861, a time when all cotton yarn was imported.

  • Who

    In 1870, William Parks left for England on the City of Boston, but the steamer was lost at sea.