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Diary of Allan Craig of Timmins for 1941, a year he spent on Africa's Gold Coast working for the Taquah Aboso Mines company. Craig begins his diary recounting the previous year starting with his work at the Stollinger Gold Mine in Timmins, and the events leading up to his move in the fall of 1940. He is a thorough diarist who, based on how he has filled in the daily journal, seems to have recounted the events of every single day from January 1st (when “a number of the boys failed to turn out to work… much to much (sic) party for them last nite”) up to November 23rd, at which point he has travelled back to North America having arrived in New York by ship. He has pasted in numerous telegraph stubs, postal packet receipts, a few full telegraphs, hostel receipts, visitors permits, and other similar records of his time away. He very charmingly recounts communications with his fiancé back in Timmins, and records a long illness and treatment that he worked through (“Felt perfectly rotten while underground. My legs were trembling and thought my knees would buckle on me… By heck I hope I'll not have to go to the hospital a fourth time. Also hope the Malaria bugs in my system kick the bucket before I get home. Will go to the University of Toronto for treatment in any case.”) But the most intriguing material is in his accounts of the day-to-day happenings of the mine, as well as his occasional updates on the war as they received news (“We received the very surprising news that British Imperial Forces Occupied Benghazi to-day. That's another blow for Mussolini and his Italians to recover from…”) A unique account of a young Ontario miner adapting to the climate of West Africa during the war.

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