Happy Labour Day!

Some of the work performed by my Canadian (including my Ireland-to-Canada emigrant) labourer ancestors:

  • Worked in agriculture as farm labourers
  • Helped build canals (e.g., the Rideau Canal)
  • Helped build railways (e.g., The Grand Trunk Railway)
  • Helped harvest and transport trees in the logging industry, as “shantymen/shantyboys” (i.e., as lumberjacks)
  • Drove teams of horses as teamsters
  • Toiled long hours in textile factories

And your ancestors? Why not think of them this Labor/Labour Day?