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Watercolour of Woodbridge Agricultural and Machine Works

  • CA CoV Archives M992.32
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  • 1879

Item consists of a watercolour. Image depicts Woodbridge Agricultural and Machine Works, western elevation; includes images of workmen standing in fornt of the factory, thus providing a sense of scale; evidence suggests that the plant opened in 1849, and for the next 36 years played a significant role in the growth and prosperity of the village; by 1874, the factory employed 200 men. In 1880 and 1881 Abell's Triumph Tractor Steam Engine was awarded the Gold Medal in tests at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, and it received awards of distinction at the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London, England. Abell relocated his plant to Toronto in 1885 as a direct consequence of the Toronto, Grey, and Bruce Railway's refusal to construct a switch line from the main line to his factory.

Woodbridge Agricultural Machine Works illustrated and descriptive catalogue : agricultural implements and machines manufactured by John Abell, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

  • CA CoV Archives M995.11
  • Item
  • ca. 1879

Item consists of a catalogue. The catalogue cover provides graphic representation of the Woodbridge Agricultural and Machine Works at time of publication, with contents describing in detail attributes of a variety of agricultural machines and equipment produced by the factory; includes listing of awards and citations conferred at various agricultural machinery competitions.