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Natural Resource Development and Environmental Impact in Northern BC

This guide highlights the Northern BC Archives collections on natural resource development and environmental impact in Northern BC.

Alexander Manson Mining Photograph Collection (1930-1940)

Alexander Manson Mining Collection - 2004.82004.8.1.3 - Steamshovel

The 133 black & white photographs [ca. 1930-1940] document mining-related activities at Manson Creek and Germansen Landing in which he had financial interests. The images show various mining related activities such as: road construction, mining sites, mining equipment, individuals involved in various aspects of the mining industry in Northern British Columbia, digging of ditchlines, bridge construction, surveying, extraction techniques, Germansen Placer pipelines, mining camps and the transportation of mining equipment by bulldozer and horse and wagon.

Who was Alexander Manson?

Alexander Manson was the first lawyer to practice law in Prince Rupert, BC. In 1916, he entered Provincial politics under the Liberal Party banner, and became the M.L.A representing the region in the 1920, 1924, and 1928 elections. He was appointed Speaker of the House (1921), and Attorney General and Minister of Labour (1922-28). Upon his defeat in 1933, Manson returned to Vancouver to practice law, and subsequently was appointed Supreme Court Justice – a position he held until his retirement in 1961.
Image: 2004.8.1.3 - Steamshovel