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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 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

Photographs

Forms part of Fonds 15. Series consists of photographs taken by GWWD employees during the building of the Greater Winnipeg Aqueduct that brings water from Shoal Lake to Winnipeg. Photos are made up of nitrate negatives and lantern slides.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

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

William Smaill Photo Album – Page 108

Captions read: My car at mile 38 - Indian Bay - First crew to operate class 7 drag, C. Walgren, operator, [W.H.?] Smaill, fireman - Lassie, Hamish - Fisherman's Tug, Shoal Lake. Also contains a photo showing Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in the distance.

Smaill, William

Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Series consists of the June 18, 1888 Report of the Secretary of the Joint Committee on Colonization of the City Council and Board of Trade; June 16, 1888 Report of Mr. McNee, Agent; June 15, 1888 Report of Mr. Woods, Agent; June 14, 1888 Report of Mr. Smith, Agent at Station. The reports provide details regarding the agent's work, places visited, and the volume of materials distributed.

Winnipeg (Man.). Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Minutes and Reports

Forms part of Fonds 15. Series consists of minutes and reports of the Board of Equalization, the Sinking Fund Trustee, the Administration Board and the Board of Commissioners.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

GWWD Board of Administration Minutes, 1913-1916

Minutes of the Board of Administration of the Greater Winnipeg Water District from 1913-1916. Minutes record administrative decisions made, votes taken, and motions presented. The minutes are arranged by meeting date, but some minutes are accompanied by related correspondences from earlier or later dates, as well as documents recording specific motions, cards that record how members of the board voted, and shorthand notes. Some minutes are typed while others are handwritten. The minutes were originally bound, but have been removed from their binding and placed into folders. An index is included at the beginning, with subjects arranged alphabetically pointing to numbers that correspond to numbers in the left margin of the minutes. The index was designed to be used for the entirety of the minute book and therefore does not specify which individual meeting the numbers refer to.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

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