Reverend Henry Usborne from Portage du Fort built a mill at Braeside in 1870. It was purchased by Gillies Bros. of Carleton Place in 1873. Expanded significantly in 1890’s, the mill exported mainly white pine lumber from this location using rail to the US and overseas markets. Circular saws were replaced with more efficient band saws which increased annual production to 35 million board feet. Numerous buildings located at this site included: lumber sheds, an oil house, the Canadian Pacific Railway station, a storage shed, drive shed, sorting tables, lathe mill, a brick chimney, saw mill with cupola (built by Usborne) and a bullet nose refuse burner. This mill was entirely destroyed by fire June 23 1919.
Gillies Bros. new 'fireproof' mill at Braeside was built in 1920 with reinforced concrete and eight inch brick walls on solid rock. The mill had a cutting capacity of 150,000 feet daily when it opened in 1921. The mill was expanded and modernized in 1969 and portions of its storage and kiln operations were rebuilt after a fire in 1976. The buildings were completely demolished in 2012.
The office building is situated on Arthur’s Hill above the site of Gillies Bros. original mill. The brick office building was completed in 1901 and later enlarged in 1955. The building was used as a telegram and telephone office as well as the local post office for many years. This building operated for a short period in the mid 1990’s as “Gillies Landing Restaurant.” In the summer of 2019, it was converted to condominiums and painted beige.
The Manson Chemical Co. owned a plant in Hawkesbury in the 1920's. They experimented with products similar to Ten Test but was not profitable. It closed during the depression with considerable losses. John Albert Gillies was a shareholder of this company and a director in 1920 along with John Stark Gillies and David Armatage Gillies.
This material was donated to the archives in 2006 by Nordella Zimmerling of Braeside. It was found at Consolidated Stone of Pontiac Quebec.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various business records of the Gillies Bros. lumber company of Braeside Ontario. It also consists of a few items related to Manson Chemical Co. which was a partner with Gillies Bros. in the late 1920's and one item pertaining to Consolidated Paper Corporation.
Minute Book of Gillies Bros. Co. Limited January 1894 - August 1929
Minute Book of Gillies Bros. Limited September 1929 - April 1944
Bound volume of Share Transfers for Gillies Bros.Co. Limited (later Gillies Brothers Limited) 1894 - 1944
Stock Ledger 1894 - 1944 including Dividends, Transfers, Directors and Share Holders
Textual records including: Letters Patent, Bylaws, Agreements, Correspondence, Stock Account 1892, Real Estate Account 1894, Miscellaneous Printed notices, acts etc.
Consolidated Paper Corporation Limited Peribonka District Sawmill Project Photographic Report; written by Fernand Brassard, June 14, 1965 - contains 14 black & white photographs with captions detailing camp and area surrounding bay, location of boom etc.
Manson's Limited share certificates 1918 - 1929, related correspondence and certificate ledger.
Surrender of Letters Patent of Manson's Limited as of the 18th June 1945
Ledger containing Minutes, Charter & Bylaws, Directors, Transfers, Agreements and Financial Statements of Manson's Limited 1918 - 1943
Series of Gillies Bros. Braeside Modernization Project Plans from 1978 were added to this fonds in 2014. See Series description
Rooftop view of mill buildings and log boom on river. Taken before the fire 23 June 1919. Possible date [ 1910]. Written on back is "Mill was purchased by Gillies Brothers & Co. Ltd. from Rev. Henry Usborne in 1872."