Thursday, 25 July 2019

Civil Engineers and Contractors

There was a magazine titled The Canadian Engineer. It was a weekly paper for Civil Engineers and Contractors published from 1893-1939.

There are different kinds of engineers, so as population and readership grew, the magazine changed and it split... 
  • Canadian Engineer Roads and Bridges (later changed to Roads and          Construction)
  • Canadian Engineer Water and Sewer (later changed to Water and Sanitation)

Another is The Contract Record. This publication was published 1889-1908. There are ads and articles about construction, price lists of materials and a section called "Contracts Department", with news of upcoming projects, looking for contractors for specific jobs, and which companies were already awarded contracts. 

My New Brunswick cousins, George and Leslie Mavor were engineering contractors and in 1923 were paid $14,482.74 for their work on the Green River Bridge.

1923 Record of Public Accounts

Brothers John, George and Francis Mavor were on the list of those who worked on the roads at Lower Kintore, New Brunswick in 1874.

Relevant Links

The Canadian Engineer

Canadian Engineer, some volumes at Internet Archive

The Canadian Contract Record

Engineering and Contract Record at Internet Archive

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Blackouts - RCAF Entertainment Group

The July/August 2019 issue of the Canadian Legion Magazine had an interesting article about an RCAF entertainment group of the Second World War called The Blackouts. The group was the brainchild of Wing Commander David Edward MacKell, a veteran of the RCAF of the First World War. The group started with a show in Ottawa, then toured remote Canadian bases in Western Canada. On 25 November 1943 the group sailed on a troopship from Halifax and took their show overseas to perform for Canadian, British and American troops. 

There is a bit about them at The Canadian War Museum with images of posters.

The names of members are listed on the CWM website.

The Legion Magazine has a few photos. You may find more photos in books about troop entertainment of WWII at your library.

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