Labour History in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada
May 6, 2013:
This is a new web page which hopes to document Labour History in the Ottawa / Gatineau area. Beginning in 1806 when Philemon Wright sent the first
raft of square timber from Hull, Quebec to Quebec City via the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers, the lumbering industry defined our region for over
Here are the details of a talk to be given this week by Mr. Michel Martin. He has written two very good books regarding workers' history in the
Ottawa / Hull area.
Un rappel de ma conference gratuite qui aura lieu mercredi de cette semaine. En esperant de vous revoir la-bas./Final reminder about my free,
public lecture Wednesday. Hope to see you there once again.
Workers' History Museum invites you to a reception at our new office, 251 Bank Street. Reception: 6:00 pm, Presentation: 7:00 pm, 8 May.
Le Musee de l'histoire ouvriere vous invite a une reception dans nos nouveaux locaux, 251 rue Bank. Reception : 18h00, Presentation : 19h00, le 8 mai.
Presentation by Michel Martin - Presentation par Michel Martin
"Ottawa Valley Forestry Industry Workers in the 19th and Early 20th Century
Les travailleurs de l'industrie forestiere en Outaouais,1806-1929"
May 8th 2013 6 pm reception / 7 pm talk - 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor, (corner of Cooper), Ottawa
Le 8 mai, 2013 Reception : 18h00 Presentation : 19h00 - 251, rue Bank, 2nd etage, (angle Cooper), Ottawa
Labour History in the Forestry Sector
Here is a good book containing articles concerning labour history in Canada:
Essays in Canadian Working Class History, edited by Gregory S. Kealey and Peter Warrian, McClelland and Stewart,
Toronto, 1976, ISBN 0-7710-447-1
The classic book on early labour history is Labour and Capital in Canada, 1650-1860 by H. Clare Pentland.
This book includes material on labour relations on the Rideau Canal and other early canal construction works
in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. See more details on our bibliography page.
Also in the Bytown or Bust Library, OK, in my basement.
June 15, 2016:
Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution: Early industrial capitalism in three English towns, by John Foster,
1974, introduction by Eric Hobsbawm, ISBN 0 416 84100 7. This book discuses industrialism in three towns near the large
English manufacturing center at Manchester.
Note: The book by Michael Martin above is also available on CD from ArchiveCDBooks Canada. Powerful search capabilities!
Here is a clarification on the CD version by Malcolm Moody: Thanks to Malcolm for this:
I wonder if I might be allowed a slight clarification on the page of your website you referenced.
We thank you for the reference to Michael Martin's book which we (Archive CD Books Canada) have published BUT the
page contains NO DIRECT reference to it nor does it give it's title. As you know, it is called
"Working Class Culture and The Development of Hull, Quebec, 1800-1926" by Michael Martin, Our catalogue
number is CA0415 and we have published it on a CD media @ $28.00 and as a direct download @ $25.00.
I realize, and are grateful that, you have given this book space on your website at another location,
but without a link - or a title - your mention of it on this page is a little confusing.
November 12, 2016:
Here is a terrific book about the emergence of Industrial Capitalism in England. It is very helpful in understanding
the urbanization and industrialization process in the development of the Bytown / Canada area.
The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, by Friedrich Engels, Cambridge University Press,
ISBN 978-1-108-02560-7, New York.
Note: Friedrich Engels was a colleague of Karl Marx who wrote The Communist Manifesto. Engels, who was German,
inherited a large textile manufacturing facility in Manchester, England; he saw first-hand the relationship between
workers and capitalists.
December 1, 2019:
Here is a description of a violent strike at the MacLaren Pulp and Paper Company in Buckingham, Quebec, in 1906. Buckingham was a
company town and the strike affected everyone in the town. Bad feelings resulted in many families moving away from Buckingham.
There were two deaths during the strike.
Source for text below is The Ottawa, by William E. Greening, McClelland and Stewart, 1961, no ISBN, page 150-152.
Keywords: James MacLaren, Lievre River, Knights of Labour.
E-mail Michel Martin and Allan Lewis
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