Dec. 4, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A large addition of historical legislative assembly proceedings has been launched on the Provincial Archives website. Premier Shawn Graham and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty celebrated the occasion today at the Provincial Archives.
The new content includes the entire body of information produced by and presented to the New Brunswick legislative assembly from 1786 to 1833.
"It is so timely that this collection of New Brunswick's historical records can be made available during our province's 225th anniversary year," said Graham. "Providing New Brunswickers, as well as researchers and historians around the world, with online access to these documents is an incredible achievement, and I thank the staff and friends of the Provincial Archives for their painstaking efforts to make this a reality."
The records were among the first acquired by the Provincial Archives when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then they have been meticulously researched, described, microfilmed and digitized, and now about 65,000 pages related to a largely unexplored period of New Brunswick history have been placed on the Provincial Archives website and are accessible via a searchable database.
Among the thousands of documents are pieces of legislation that established New Brunswick's first counties and the provincial justice system; the province's first conservation laws; bills related to the day-to-day operations of government that were sent to legislators for payment; and documents providing considerable information regarding such natural disasters in the province as the Great Miramichi Fire of 1825.
In addition to the textual records, the website will also include a new photo gallery of early New Brunswick scenes, individual portraits, and maps.
"These records shed new light on the evolution of responsible government here in New Brunswick, and the stories of the people our earliest provincial governments were elected to represent," said Doherty. "They are a wonderful gift to current and future generations of New Brunswickers who wish to learn more about our province and its people."
This project was made possible through the assistance of the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Council of Archives.
The new records may be viewed on the Provincial Archives website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.