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William Smaill Photo Album

Item consists of a photo album created by William Smaill, Superintendent of the Winnipeg Aqueduct Construction Company, Ltd. The album contains photographs of the aqueduct’s construction, company men and their families, recreation, camps and homes used during construction, the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, and the surrounding landscape (Shoal Lake, Whitemouth River, Indian Bay, Birch River). There are also several photos of Winnipeg during Decoration Day 1914, photos of Mayors T.R. Deacon, Thomas Sharpe, and R.D. Waugh, and two photos of an Anishinaabe camp at Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

The photos are heavily annotated. The annotations consist of names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes the section or specific mile of the aqueduct. A few photos appear to be missing and there are several loose pages with similar content. The photos are arranged somewhat chronologically – photos from 1914 generally precede photos from 1915 – but there are many exceptions.

Smaill, William

William Smaill Photo Album – Page 100

Captions read: Overflow section - Whitemouth syphon - Manhole form at sump well -Reinforcement in overflow - Bulkhead form for syphon - Overflow sump forms - Transition section.

Smaill, William

William Smaill Photo Album – Page 104

Captions read: Moving outside forms - Rails to hold sheeting - hand excavation in hardpan -Backfilling - 1st foundation fill - Rock Cut - Hardpan sloughed into trench after rain - Camp 4, mile 71 - Traveller.

Smaill, William

William Smaill Photo Album – Page 106

Captions read: Dyke - Blanchard's, Indian Bay - Indian Camp, Shoal Lake [Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation] - Removing arch - Camp 5, mile 77 - Remains after oil House fire, camp 5, mile 77 - Excursion train, camp 6 -Tennis court, Indian Bay - Young wild ducks.

Smaill, William

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