Robert G. Reid (1842-1908), n.d.
Scots-Canadian contractor Robert G. Reid made a lasting impact on Newfoundland society and economy by building a trans-island railway in the 1890s. The railway revolutionized transportation and communications in Newfoundland by linking isolated outports to one another, and by connecting them to larger centres. It also opened up the island's resource-rich interior to industrial development, allowing new forestry and mining operations to diversify Newfoundland and Labrador's economy into areas other than the fishery.
From Henry Youmans Mott, Newfoundland Men (Concord, N.H.: Cragg, 1894) 267.