Railway along Humber River, ca. 1896-1900

Construction of the Newfoundland railway opened up island’s interior and made it easier for government and business officials to exploit the region’s natural resources. As a result, new land-based industries emerged in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Most successful among these were in the forestry and mining sectors, although agriculture also grew in importance.

Photographer: S.H. Parsons. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 16.01.003), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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