New speaker series on Welland Canal Fallen workers

Photo from the Lock 6 crane and gate collapse - Aug. 1, 1928 from the City of St. Catharines website.

Photo from the Lock 6 crane and gate collapse – Aug. 1, 1928 from the City of St. Catharines website.

Welland Public Library is proud to announce a new speaker series beginning this Fall. This series, taking place the last Tuesday of every month running September to April, focuses on the Welland Canal Fallen Workers. Each talk, presented by a different local speaker, concentrates on different aspects of the construction of the Welland Canal and the impact it had on the workers.

These talks are in conjunction with the development and construction of a Fallen Workers Memorial which will be unveiled in late summer 2017 and will be located adjacent to Lock 3 in St. Catharines.

Each talk will take place at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Civic Square, located at 60 East Main Street in Welland. The list of topics is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 27: The Canal Landscape of Welland by Terry Hughes
  • Tuesday, October 25: Welland Canal Construction Railway by Andy Panko
  • Tuesday, November 29: Medical Services on the Canal by Isabel Bachmann
  • Tuesday, January 31: Art & Poetry on the Canal by Debra Antoncic
  • Tuesday, March 28: Life and Death on the Welland Ship Canal: The Untold Story of 137 Worker Fatalities by Arden Phair
  • Tuesday, April 25: Disaster on the Welland Canal: The Lock 6 Gate Collapse, 1928 by Sarah King-Head.

“The community owes a lot to those who built the canal – especially those who were killed in the construction of the Fourth Welland Canal,” said Jason Redshaw, Coordinator of Adult Services at the Welland Public Library. “Without their hard work and sacrifice, the Welland Canal would not exist and neither the City of Welland as we know it today.”

Join the Welland Public Library as we dive into our local history and remember those that were tragically lost while building our Welland Canal. All talks are free. Registration is recommended for all wanting to attend.

For more information or to register for an evening, please contact the Welland Public Library by phone at 905-734-6210 ext. 2521 or online at

For further information about the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial, please visit

Source – Welland Public Library press release


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