New Brunswick Industry

The New Brunswick Industry Gallery | Sponsored by the Irvings

Work, Innovation and Exchange, 1870 - 1950

This gallery takes you on a voyage  down a river past a lumber camp, river drive, farmland and a river boat dock to  a coastal fishing wharf, lumber mill, woodworking factory to an urban dock.  Here is the point of exchange where lumber, fish and agricultural produce from  the New Brunswick  hinterland and coastal areas meet the town or city wharf. The ploughs, axes and  carpet sweepers from the town and city factories await shipment upriver and  along the coasts aboard steamers to consumers on the farms, lumber camps and fishing villages.  In the background, portending change, is the railway which provides increasing  competition to the riverboats and coastal steamers for freight traffic in the  late 19th and 20th centuries. It also permits the  establishment of portable sawmills nearer the source of supply and rail  transport directly from the forest thus cutting into the traditional river  drive. Opposite the urban dock, the fish canning operation along New Brunswick's eastern  coast is already shipping by rail.

Whether a captain of industry, a retail clerk, a  lumberman, a factory worker or an inventor in a workshop, this gallery honours  the effort and determination of all those who contributed in making New Brunswick a safe and  comfortable province in which to live.