Michael Dwyer fonds

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Michael Dwyer fonds

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  • Textual record

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MG 12.40

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  • 1871-1971 (Creation)
    Dwyer, Michael

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60 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Michael Dwyer was born on 4 February 1877 at Parks Town, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Patrick and Bridget (Doyle) Dwyer. The family immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1884 and he received his early education in New Glasgow and later trained as a mechanical engineer. He married Beatrice Sutherland Campbell. Dwyer was employed as Works Superintendent at the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company until 1922 when he was named President and General Manager, a position he retained until 1938. He also served as president of Indian Cove Coal Company from 1922 to 1932. Dwyer was elected mayor of Sydney Mines from 1926-1932. In 1933 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly, where he represented Cape Breton Centre until 1938. During this period Dwyer also acted as Minister of Mines and Public Works and of Labour. In 1939 he became president and general manager of the Nova Scotia Steel Company, receiving an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1946. From 1949-1950 he served as mayor of New Glasgow. In his free time, Dwyer researched the history of coal, steel, railroads, shipping and other matters of historical interest. Dwyer died on 28 December 1953 at New Glasgow.

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Records were donated by Beatrice Dwyer in 1970.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of research materials, professional and educational appointment records and certificates, original materials used for research, personal correspondence, research regarding coal, and public addresses.

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Records are loosely arranged based on subject.

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  • English

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The scrapbooks are stored in the scrapbook collection and are numbers 35, 36, and 37A to F.

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File list is available: MG 12.40

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See also: MG 14.179 Sydney Mines Historical Society Collection

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