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Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No. 1 fonds
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433 pages (3 folders)
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On 29 August 1879, the Provincial Miners Association was formed by a group of coal miners in Springhill, N.S., to "defend and protect the interests of miners and other workers" of the colliery. A constitution was adopted on 1 September 1879 and the association's first lodge, Pioneer Lodge No. 1, was established in Springhill. The association was incorporated as the Provincial Workmen's Association in 1881. Its primary objective was to improve living and working conditions for miners through political activism, lobbying, and strikes if deemed necessary. In the same year, the first lodges in Cape Breton were organized by the association's grand secretary and agent, Robert Drummond, including Drummond Lodge (South Mines), Equity (Caledonia), and Island and Unity Lodges (Bridgeport). By 1917 the PWA and the United Mine Workers of Nova Scotia had united to form the Amalgamated Mine Workers of Nova Scotia. In 1918 the remaining lodges of the Provincial Workmen's Association were dissolved.
Prior to the donation of records in 1979 the records were in the custody of Ian MacKay.
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This fonds includes a ledger created by the Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No.1 to track membership dues payments. This fonds also includes the contract agreement between the Canada Coal and Railroad Company Ltd and its employees, along with various receipts from members.
The contract agreement is torn on the seam of the fold and the tape used to repair the agreement has stuck the pages together. As well one of the receipts is tearing along the seam of the fold.
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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No. 1 fonds, MS-9-33, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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