Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
Oland Family Breweries
The year has great significance — not only did it mark Canada's confederation, but it also marked the year that Susannah Oland introduced her family's October Brown Ale to the public.
John Oland died unexpectedly, but the family business was never in danger because his wife, Susannah, took control and ran the brewery with her sons — an unprecedented move for a woman in that era. Susannah pushed the boundary one step further and boldly renamed the brewery to S. Oland, Sons & Co.
Susannah and her sons turned their household ale into a household name around Halifax. The Oland's ale had become so popular among sailors in the area; the family renamed the brewery to S. Oland, Sons & Co's Army and Navy Brewery in appreciation of their most loyal customers.
Susannah's success did not mean it was smooth sailing for the family's brewery. Disaster struck twice in eight years as the brewery suffered two crippling fires; however, the Oland's never gave up on their brewing dream. They rebuilt both times and entered the twentieth century
1917 • Halifax Explosion & the move to Saint John
At 8:40am on December 6th, 1917 the Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship carrying weapons to the European front, collided with the Imo, a Norwegian merchant ship, in the narrows of the Halifax Harbor. The collision and subsequent fire brought onlookers to the waterfronts, unaware of what was to unfold. After the burning and crippled Mont Blanc drifted into Pier 6, it exploded and wiped out everything within an 800 meter radius — including The Army and Navy Brewery. This explosion caused the greatest loss of life and destruction Canada has ever seen and an explosion of its size wasn't seen on earth until the advent of the atomic bomb. Brew Master Conrad G. Oland and six other employees of the brewery were among the eleven thousand casualties that day.
George W.C. Oland survived the explosion and was determined to rebuild, but he knew it would take a long time for Halifax to recover. To maintain the business he purchased the Red Ball Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick with insurance money from the disaster and sent his son, George Bauld Oland, to run it while he supervised the rebuild of the brewery in Halifax.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters Industry & Commerce • War, World I • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 45° 16.366′ N, 66° 3.833′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker can be reached from Market Square (North Market Wharf) just west of St. Patrick Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the north side of the walkway, near the Grannan's Seafood entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Market Square, Saint John NB E2L 4S6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Landing of the Loyalists (within shouting distance of this marker); Scottish Strength (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Marco Polo (about 90 meters away); A Legacy of Tea | Du thé en héritage (about 120 meters away); Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (about 120 meters away); Centerbeam Place (about 120 meters away); Saint John 225th Anniversary Clock (about 150 meters away); Canada’s Original City (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oland Family & Moosehead Breweries
Also see . . .
1. Oland Brewery (Wikipedia). The Oland family has been active in public life in Nova Scotia. The long-term CEO of the company Sidney Culverwell Oland made significant contributions to the military, the arts and the cultural life of Nova Scotia. Victor de Bedia Oland was lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1968 to 1973. The Oland family also founded Moosehead beer in 1867, which remains independent. (Submitted on February 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Moosehead Breweries (Wikipedia). Moosehead Breweries Limited is Canada's oldest independent brewery, located in Saint John, New Brunswick. The brewery was founded in 1867 and is still privately owned and operated by the Oland family. The company is now in the sixth generation of family ownership. (Submitted on February 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Moosehead Breweries Limited. Moosehead Breweries Limited, the maker of Moosehead Canadian Lager, is the oldest family-owned brewing company in Canada. Located in Saint John, New Brunswick, the company has been family owned and controlled for six generations and is currently led by founders Susannah and John Oland’s great-great-great grandson, Andrew Oland. (Submitted on February 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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