thought you might be interested in the attached book written by my great
grandfather, David Currie, for Electric Canada.
He was an
investigative journalist (way ahead of his time) for the Montreal
Witness newspaper. He was sent west to write a series of dispatches for
the paper which told of conditions that Canadian pioneers and
homesteaders would find. The Witness later published the entire series
of dispatches as this book, "The Letters of Rusticus" in 1880. It became
a must-have resource.
David Currie also
took on the Allan Steamship line which was bringing English and Scottish
immigrants to Canada. There were many reports of deplorable conditions
for these passengers. Currie made the crossing in steerage and reported
on the dreadful conditions which brought about a major upgrade for these
transatlantic crossings. Mighty impressive for his day I would say.
He was born in
Aylmer, Quebec in 1834, the son of two Scottish immigrants (Neil and
Flora Currie) who came to Canada from the Isle of Arran, Scotland in
1828. He died in 1916 and is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Quebec.
Hope you like it.
Clan Currie Society
You can download
either of two pdf versions...
single page format