Fonds PR1896 - Jack P. O’Sullivan fonds

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Jack P. O’Sullivan fonds

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    • Copied 1978 (Creation)

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    65 negatives

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    Biographical history

    Born in Calgary in 1912, John Phillip (Jack P.). O'Sullivan arrived in the Peace River area of Alberta in 1929 at the age of 17. He filed for a homestead near Carcajou, Alberta.

    After realizing the importance of transportation along the Peace River, he built his own boat. After a few years, he and partner Thomas Stigsen owned two tugboats, three barges and two trading posts with Jack managing the boat operations. Jack ran boats out of Carcajou until 1937, at which time he moved to Peace River, Alberta.

    That year he married Dorothy Rankin (1912-2010), and together they had four children: Patrick (Paddy), Beth, Doreen, and Michael. He operated the business until 1949.

    After studying architecture for three years, Jack began designing his own boats. Although he initially retired from the boating business, Jack received his captain's license in 1950 and began operating a boat on the Peace River for the Hudson's Bay Company.

    He died in Peace River in 1992.

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    The fonds consists of images of river transportation in northern Alberta, possibly dating from the early 1950s, and includes images of boats, barges, tugboats, ferries, freight, crew, and fishing and fish processing, at Waterways, Hay River, Fort Chipewyan, and Fort McMurray.

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    Jack P. O’Sullivan allowed the records to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1978. The originals were returned to him.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        See PR1979.0234 for an interview with Captain Jack P. O'Sullivan.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Fort Vermilion People in Our Vast Trading North, 1788-1988, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.321 F775p PAA and from the records. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.3438 through A.3448.

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        Includes accession PR1978.0147.

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