Ruby M. Cusack
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overheard one of Mum’s friends complaining about trying to get
her children into the house from playing, to do their lessons
and get ready for bed, at a decent time since the evenings
were longer with the sun shining.
That was not a problem for me as I was very anxious for Mum to
read the nightly Burgess Bedtime Story from the newspaper that
was about Jerry Muskrat getting his tail caught in a trap that
had been set by the farmer’s son. Soon the animals discover
many traps and Grandfather Frog teaches them how to find the
traps and avoid or spring them so they can stay safe.
Chatterer, the red squirrel, often gets himself into trouble,
because of his saucy tongue.
Those animals, like Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Peter
Cottontail, Reddy Fox, Happy Jack and Danny Meadow Mouse were
very real to me and I might say, my best friends.
My reading favourites and the way I can read them have
changed. It almost seems like magic the way the internet
For example forty-four 1995 to 2017 back copies of “Silhouettes”,
a publication of the Associates of the Provincial Archives
of New Brunswick, an independent non-profit group that
has been formed to work with staff and volunteers to further
the aims and objectives of the Archives are online. The
group's object is to supplement and enhance the Archives'
programs, and provide opportunities for members of the public
to participate directly in preserving New Brunswick's
documentary heritage. Sponsored by the Associates of the
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Silhouettes provides
news on the acquisitions, services and activities of the
Although changes take place, some things stay the same.
Shoving things under the bed, is a great hiding place or just
a way to store or hoard clutter - out of sight so it is
out of mind. It seems this was also done in Australia.
In 2014, the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick had a visit
from a couple from Australia who were doing some family
research. The couple had with them five unsigned sketches of
New Brunswick scenes that were produced in the 1840's.
After much research, it was discovered that the artist was
Samuel Douglass Smith Huyghue and most interesting to me was
the story of these sketches being found under a bed in one of
the family homes in Melbourne, Australia.
Workers in research institutions never know where and when
they are going to make a discovery. This proved to be the case
with an image in P210, a collection of 3,400 glass plate
negatives taken by Saint John photographer Isaac Erb who was
born in 1846 to John and Mary Ann (Morrell).
Erb’s career as a photographer in Saint John spanned more than
50 years and his work is one of the outstanding archival
sources in the province but it seems he didn’t like taking
While working on P210-919 (a picture of silverware), the
volunteer magnified the image to look for a maker's mark on
the cutlery. To her surprise, she saw a man with a white
camera looking back at her. It was Isaac Erb, captured in the
act of taking the photograph.
The spoon story was first discovered or made known by Grant
Kelly in his book Saint John at Work and Play - a book about
Erb’s photos. It was not known that Grant had discovered the
spoon reflection until after the story was published in
When Major General Henry Dunn O’Halloran papers were auctioned
at Christie’s of London, the Associates of the
Provincial Archives jumped at the opportunity to acquire
them. Henry Dunn O’Halloran was appointed ensign in the 69th
Foot in 1818. He was posted with his regiment to British North
America in February 1839. They were stationed in New Brunswick
until September 1842 where he did a study of the Mi’qmag
Indians, teaching himself to read their written language and
studying their customs.
Moses Henry Perley, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, invited
O’Halloran to accompany him during his tour of the Native
settlements in the province.
In the summer of 1842, as he was about to leave the province
with his regiment, he married
Charlotte Eliza Robertson of Saint John. Their first child was
born in Galway, Ireland in November 1843.
O’Halloran drawings are a prized possession of PANB.
I have found many a source by reading the summary of new
donations to PANB, even though it could be listed in an older
copy of Silhouettes.
MC4021 - J. Edward Dixon fonds: Fonds documents through love
letters, the courtship of J. Edward Dixon and Annie
Drinkall between 1873 and 1874, when Edward was working in the
MC651 - Robert Eddy fonds: 1826-1838. It contains photocopies
of eight letters received in Bathurst, NB by Robert Eddy, a
recent immigrant from Bandon, Ireland.
RS814 - School Attendance Registers of Barker’s Point School,
St. Mary’s Parish, York County, 1906–1926
RS522 - Records of the Royal Commission on the Deaf and
Dumb Institute, Fredericton (1902).
RS288 - Records of Westmorland County Schools
(pre-1967). Minute Book: Annual School Meetings and Financial
records, 1899-1960. Microfilmed.
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Antoine Misael [Mitchell] 90 years of age, taken in the act of
explaining to the artist the meaning of certain hieroglyphic
characters peculiar to the Micmac tribe of Indians / drawn by H.
D. O’Halloran. – Restigouche, October 1841. Drawn while the
artist was visiting Mi’kmaq villages with Moses Perley or Lieut.
Rolland or both in September and October 1841. Misael, wearing a
fur-trimmed jacket, is seated on a wooden chair and leaning