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The Builders of the Rideau Canal: 1826-32
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Manuscript Report 185, "The Builders of the Rideau Canal, 1826-32" by Edward F. Bush, 1976.
This 281 page reports deals with some of the men, both soldiers and civilians, who built the Rideau Canal. The report starts with the organization of the project and the background and personality of the superintending engineer, Lieutenant Colonel John By. An account is then given of the undertaking, focussing on the participants against the background of a frontier society, and concludes with By's recall to England and the Parliamentary inquiry into his conduct. A series of biographical sketches on key figures engaged on the Rideau follows. A number of appendices made up of paylists, nominal lists, requisitions and land petitions submitted by discharged soldiers have also been included to throw further light on the men who participated in this remarkable engineering achievement.
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about some of the people that helped to build the Rideau Canal. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.
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