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William Smaill fonds

  • f00023
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915, [1916?]

Fonds 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

View of hoist lowering 48-inch diameter pressure pipe into trench at Sta. 79+50 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street

Contract 65 - Mile 1.5 - View of hoist lowering 48 inch diameter pressure pipe into trench at Sta. 79+50 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street. Work progressed eastward from Alexander Avenue at Yeomans Street. Buildings of Western Packing

Greater Winnipeg Water District

View of hoist lowering 48-inch diameter pressure pipe into trench at Sta. 79+50 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street

Contract 65 - Mile 1.5 - View of hoist lowering 48 inch diameter pressure pipe into trench at Sta. 79+50 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street. Mucking hoist in background. Work progressed eastward from Alexander Avenue at Yeomans Street.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

View of mucking hoist hauling excavated material to dump wagon on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street

Contract 65 - Mile 1.5 - View of mucking hoist hauling excavated material to dump wagon on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street. Work progressed eastward from Alexander Avenue at Yeomans Street. Buildings of Western Packing Company Ltd. (aba

Greater Winnipeg Water District

View of mucking hoist dumping excavated material into dump wagon at Sta. 81+00 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street

Contract 65 - Mile 1.5 - View of mucking hoist dumping excavated material into dump wagon at Sta. 81+00 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street. Work progressed eastward from Alexander Avenue at Yeomans Street. Buildings of Western Packing C

Greater Winnipeg Water District

View of mucking hoist dumping excavated material into dump wagon at Sta. 81+00 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street

Contract 65 - Mile 1.5 - View of mucking hoist dumping excavated material into dump wagon at Sta. 81+00 on Pacific Avenue, looking east toward Xante Street. Work progressed eastward from Alexander Avenue at Yeomans Street. Buildings of Western Packing C

Greater Winnipeg Water District

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