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1923 Steel Srike
CA BI 89-504-18699 · Item · 1923

Item is a photograph of the members of the Royal 22 Regiment patrolling the plant grounds during the Steel Strike of 1923.

1923 Steel Strike
CA BI 89-505-18700 · Item · 1923

Item is a photograph of army troops patrolling the steel plant during the Steel Strike of 1923.

CA BI T-2034 · Item · 1982
Part of Sound and Moving Image Collection

Biographical Sketch
Genealogy of the Loch Lomond MacDonald'
Farming in the early days
Dominion Coal Company cut lumber at Silver Mine
Describes the operation, log bridge built across the river
The log drive to the sawmill...
Describes the process of hauling logs to the river
Logs provided lumber for company houses
Started school at age of 10
His first teacher, Jessie Morrison
Far from school, boarded with his aunt...
Describes the school, how it was heated, the discipline
Left school after grade 5
Started working at the Steel Plant, 1926
During Depression, little work - plant worked 2 days a week
Women were hired during the War (WW II)
Work on the farm - what the women did - the day's routine

Food - fish, how it was preserved
Making farm implement
Hay making in the early days
Dairy proucts - keeping milk cold
The arrival of cream separators, their care
His father was postmaster, 1912
Carried mail to Salmon River, $1 a trip
Discusses operation of the post office & mail route
First post office at Loch Lomond
News papers - Sydney (N.S.) Weekly Post, Family Herald
Wages at the Steel Plants after the War
Describes work at the Plant
United Steel Workers Union didn't get started until after 1941
The Plant Council...
Life on the farm - kerosene lamps, wood stoves...
Water from the well - never frozen because of its depth
When the mine started, the well went dry
No social activities in his youth
Church history - lay preachers in the earliest times
Present church built in 1910
United Church at Loch Lomond opened 1929
The first ministers...
Dissension and division over the union
Choir made up of older people
Prayer meetings held in school once a week
Gaelic the only language spoken at home; few could repeat it
His thoughts on Gaelic Today
He and all his brothers & sisters, born at home, delivered by a midwife, Peggy Currie
Never felt that his likfe lacked anything
Discusses food on the farm; potatoes & turnip the only vegetables
Implements manufactured in the forge
Four blacksmiths in the area, he gives their names; none today
Names 3 merchants that were in the area at the time
Pioneer craftes, processing wool
Describes his trip to North Uist, his search for information on Malcolm "The Carpnter"
Describes the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, his impression
Describes a Gaelic service he attended
Sunday laws stricty bserved there
Some more genealogy
His mother's weaving - she was self taught
Mary MacLean whom he visited in Scotland
Reads in Gaelic

Macdonald, Wilma J.
Annie MacLean - Gaelic Songs
CA BI T-122 · Item · 1969
Part of Sound and Moving Image Collection

Item consists of an audio recording of Annie (Mrs. J.P) MacLean of Rear Christmas Island, (N.S) singing a number of Gaelic songs. Recorded by Sister Margaret Beaton and Hilda Day.

Mrs. J.P. MacLean, Christmas Island (Rear):

"Mise tha fo Mhulad air Tulaich gun Uaill" Song about a difficult winter composed by Catriona MacNeil (Catrìona Iain Ruaidh).

"Why did she compose this song?" She had to do so many difficult tasks in the winter.

Song about finding a rich man to marry; composed by Catherine MacNeil (Catrìona Iain Ruaidh).

Stories about Catrìona Bean Ruaidh. She lived further inland than Jack Pheadair (informant's husband)'s uncle, Ruairidh Chaluim Ghobha MacLean. Ruairidh lived at the foot of Eskasoni Mountain where Rory S. MacNeil lives.

Forerunner portending the death of the bard.

Bard's father was married to Christie Alasdair Chaluim Ghobha "The Big Widow".

Song about working at the the Steel plant in North Sydney by Archie "Larry" Gillis, originally from Rear Beaver Cove.

Day, Hilda
Blast Furnace Crew
CA BI 91-602-22563 · Item · ca. 1912

Item is a photograph of the crew stopping for a picture as they are manning one of the blast furnaces in the Sydney steel plant.

Kelly and Dodge
Coke Pile
CA BI 87-92-16622 · Item · ca. 1960

Item is a photograph of trucks moving atop a coke pile near the steel plant.

CA BI 91-610-22571 · Item · ca. 1912

Item is a photograph of builders at work, constructing one of the buildings at the steel plant.

CA BI 84-512-14612 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of the coal wash plant as it was being constructed. Photograph taken by G.H. Woodhill.

Construction Workers
CA BI 84-514-14614 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of men stopping for a portrait while at work constructing the coal wash plant. Photograph taken by G.H. Woodhill.

Dominion Iron and Steel
CA BI 77-16-143 · Item · April 19, 1901

Item is a photograph of the mechanical department, machine shop, foundry and carpenter shop at the Dominion Iron and Steel Co.

Dominion Iron and Steel Co.
CA BI 77-57-191 · Item · 1900

Item is a photograph of the blast furnace as well as an ore stockpile.

DOSCO Employees
CA BI 90-460-19892a · Item · 1930

Item is a photograph of DOSCO steelworkers in 1930.

DOSCO Forge Workers
CA BI 93-211-24185 · Item · ca. 1944

Item is a group photograph of men who worked in the forge.

CA BI 87-513-17043 · Item · ca. 1930

Item is a postcard sending greetings from Cape Breton's steel mecca, Whitney Pier.

CA BI T-1020 · Item · 1975
Part of Sound and Moving Image Collection

Item is an audio recording of an interview with Annabelle Mackinnon (nee Gillis) of Gillis' Lake.

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle (Prime Brook) A Story of Life in Pioneer Days Agriculture (Part 1)

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Lumbering to bsupply spars for sailing ships

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Grist Mills

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Dye Mills

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Farming - livestock & crops

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Planting potatoes in burnt woods

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Wool industries - sheep shearing

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle French women grew flax

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle How leather was tanned & its uses

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle A story of Father's MacLeod's boots

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Col. Granger & the Copper mine

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Gaelic speakers & religious education

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Clothing in the pioneer days

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Improvement of crops with coming of commercial fertilizer.

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Story of an agricultural meeting ...

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Dairy products - wooden tubs & butter prints

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle The beginning of Co-operatives

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Farming conditions improved with the start of the Steel Plant

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Barn-raising frolics

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Mary Bevin, a nurse from Man-o-War, delivered babies in Boulardrie area

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Fishing schooners- Fox Island

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Travelling to dances by Ferry

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Fishing lobster through the ice

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Root cellars - how produce was stored

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle The making of soft soap

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Life in the Pioneer Days (cont.) / Priests in Boularderie

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle A farm purchased (200 acres) for $750

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Genealogy of Iain Mor, Boisdale

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Clearing the land - stump fences

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Grist Mill at Malloney's Creek

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Harvesting wheat - threshing and winnowing

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Barley and grinding barley meal

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle How to make cheese

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Preserving butter

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Women's role in the early days

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Shearing sheep...

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Processing wool - carding mills

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Pioneer handicrafts with wool

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Ceilidhs

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Transportation - travelled Big Pond to Boularderie by ice in winter, boats in summer

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Potato crops - the coming of blight & potato bugs

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle How leather was tanned

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Mi'kmaw crafts

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Sea weed and its uses

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle The Government & Sir John A. MacDonald- economic conditions

MacKinnon, Mrs. Annabelle Pensions in today's society

MacKinnon, Blaine
CA BI 78-1189-2939 · Item · ca. 1910

Item is a photographic postcard of a rear view of the Blast Furnace, Sydney Mines.

Steel City Baseball
CA BI 89-409-18604 · Item · ca. 1940

Item is a photograph of the Steel City baseball team and its managers.

Steel Industry Panel
CA BI 76-82 · Item · 1957 - 1958

Item is a photograph of the following individuals seated at a table: Clifford Murray (Works Manager DOSCO), Martin Merner, Joe Legge (Asst. Safety Superintendent DOSCO) and an unknown man. The occasion was, possibly, a panel discussion on industrial safety.

Steel Plant, Sydney
CA BI 77-38-167 · Item · ca. 1901

Item is a photograph of the Sydney Steel Plant shortly after it was built.

Steel Strike - DOSCO
CA BI N Series-237.3 · Item · ca. 1940
Part of Abbass Studios Ltd. fonds

Item is a photograph of children riding in the back of a truck holding picket signs during a DOSCO steelworkers strike.

Abbass Studios Ltd.
CA BI 76-80 · Item · 1954

Item is a photograph of the Steel Union 1064 Executive Officers.

Back row: Martin Merner, E.P. Pledge, Charles Wall, and Bill Mackinnon.
Front row: Clarence MacInnis, Dan MacKay, Ben O'Neil (president), James Nicholson (Director District 5).

CA BI 76-81 · Item · 1956

Item is a photograph of the Local 1064 Executive Officers.

Back row: Donald Steele, William Reid, Lawrence MacIsaac.
Front row: Charles Wall, Martin Merner, Dan MacKay, Clarance MacInnes.

CA BI 76-79 · Item · 1950

Item is a photograph of the Steel Union Executive Officers 1064.

Back row: Walter Codiac, Ben O'Neil, E.P. Pledge, Martin Merner.
Front row: James Nicholson (#5 Dist. Director), M.E. Corbett (President), Dan MacKay (Vice President).

CA BI 76-83 · Item · ca. 1964

Item is a photograph of Steel Union Executive Officers, Local 1064. The occasion is unknown.

From left to right: Jack Coleman, Charles Crowe, George MacNeil, Art MacGillivray, Martin Merner.

CA BI T-2054 · Item
Part of Sound and Moving Image Collection

Stephen Rory MacNeil Iona The Co-operative Moment in Iona
Dr. Coady taught them how to start & operative Co-operatives
The Iona Co-operative, its beginning
Difficulty during the depression
Credit Union started first - small deposits
First co-op failed
It was difficult to get the Credit Union organized first payment 10 cents
Benefits of the Credit Union
Second Iona Co-op got along well
Depression - no money - $1 a day would make them rich
Farmers had plenty food but no way of earning money for taxes, etc.
Jim Francis MacNeil Sydney (N.S.) "Thig dhiot an cada; 's tionndaidh rium"
"Ho ro mo chuid chuideach thu..."
An Te a'Chaill a'Ghaidhlig"
Started working in the Steel Plant at age of 20
His job at the plant - drilling rails
Describes the rail-making process
5,000 working for Dosco when he started
Where rails are shipped
Reasons for starting the plant in Sydney (N.S.)

Macdonald, Norman
CA BI 89-517-18712 · Item · 1923

Item is a photograph showing workers at the Steel Plant in the summer of 1923.

Sydney Steel Plant Strike
CA BI 89-510-18705 · Item · ca. 1923

Item is a photograph of the Sydney Steel Plant Strike in 1923.

View from Moxham Castle
CA BI 81-416-5496 · Item · ca. 1905

Item is a photograph showing Sydney Harbour and the steel plant as seen from the front lawn of Moxham Castle. The Moxham Castle was owned and built by steel magnate A.J. Moxham.