People, Place, and Time

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Matthew Neary, an Irish immigrant, was the contractor who built the section of the I&M Canal around Aux Sable. His workers, also mostly Irish, earned a dollar a day and lived in shantytowns – hastily built towns of crude wooden shacks– in the Aux Sable area. Some planted gardens to grow their own food, which they may have sold or bartered to their co-workers. Many canal workers were paid in scrip that was redeemable for canal land instead of cash, and a number of them settled in Aux Sable Township after the canal was finished.

History prepared by the Canal Corridor Association

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Age: 37 Lives: All over the place. Education: PhD, linguistics, UBC.

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