Series - Irrigation.

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Irrigation.

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  • 1890 - 1927 (Creation)

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1 metre of textual records

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(1848-02-01 - 1930)

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William Pearce began promoting irrigation development in 1885, when he first commented on its potential value in his annual report to the Deputy Minister of the Interior. This series of files documents his interest in irrigation between the years 1890 and 1927. It is probable that material prior to 1890 no longer exists. The surviving files offer evidence on the drafting of the Northwest Irrigation Act, the early development of significant irrigation projects, and the activities of related special interest groups. The series contains records concerning the Canadian Pacific Railway's irrigation project; the Pearce's Calgary Irrigation Company (1893); and his scheme to divert the North Saskatchewan to water land in eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan. Mr. Pearce was an active supporter of the Western Canada Irrigation Association and left considerable correspondence concerning its activities.

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