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I 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 works.

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 Archives.

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 selfies.

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 mustache and
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 Silhouettes.

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.

At  read the forty-four copies of Silhouettes - Sponsored by the Associates of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick - that provide news on the acquisitions, services and activities of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

PANB MC3302-MS3-A-2LQ.JPEG       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 forward.