Item Photograph Album - Album of photographs illustrating a report to the Commissioner of National Parks...

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Album of photographs illustrating a report to the Commissioner of National Parks...

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    • Continuation of title: ...for proposed National Parks in Nova Scotia

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    Photograph Album

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    • 1934 (Creation)
      Cautley, Richard W.

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    1 album (97 photographs): b&w; 29 x 36 cm.

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    Richard W. Cautley was born at Ipswich England in 1873. He came to Canada at the age of 17, and was employed by a surveying firm in British Columbia. Later, he went north into the Klondike at the time of the gold rush and was engaged in the recording and inspection of mineral claim surveys. After the Klondike Gold Rush, Cautley moved to Edmonton, AB, where he formed the land surveying firm of Cautley and Cote. Later, he went into partnership with his brother Reginald Hutton Cautley. Between 1913 and 1924, Mr. Cautley was engaged as one of the commissioners of the survey of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary. He then moved to Ottawa to work for the former Department of the Interior. He was responsible for the survey work of many of the national park sites in the Maritime provinces. He died in Victoria, British Columbia on September 13, 1953.

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    Presented by Willard. E. Ireland, of the British Columbia Provincial Archives in 1953.

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    Fonds consists of one album of photos compiled by R.W. Cautley, in December 1934, as part of a Report to the Commissioner of National Parks for Proposed National Parks in Nova Scotia. Cautley's inspection of proposed sites for national parks was an influential factor in the creation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in 1936.
    Photographs depict landscapes of various locations in Nova Scotia, including Yarmouth, Weymouth, Carleton River, and aerial photographs of Scot Bay, Cape Split, and Cape Blomidon. Also includes photographs of the landscapes along the former No. 4 Highway to Cape Breton Island, NS, the Bras d'Or Lakes, Louisbourg, Whycocomagh, Cheticamp River, and the Margaree River.
    Also depicted are various landscapes along the Cabot Trail such as Mackenzie Valley, Pleasant Bay Intervale, Red River, Aspy River, Cape North, Dingwall Harbour, Ingonish, and Indian Brook. The album also includes portraits of H. F. Laurence, Department of Highways Engineer; J. Barrington, M.L.A.; and Richard W. Cautley, Dominion Land Surveyor, and one picture of a proposed bridge location over the Cheticamp River.

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    Some photographs are discolored from the acid in the album's paper.

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        See also Provincial Archives of Alberta for more photographs of R.W. Cautley.
        For more information on the formation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia see Cape Breton's Magazine volume 43.
        See "Legislation reform and other material series" of the Department of the Attorney General fonds for material related to the expropriation of lands for the Cape Breton park.

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