Fraser, Archibald National Historic Person

Edmunston, New Brunswick
Address : Edmunston, New Brunswick

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1975-11-28
Life Date: 1869 to 1932

Other Name(s):
  • Fraser, Archibald  (Designation Name)

Importance: Lumber industry magnate, pioneer in pulp and paper manufacture in New Brunswick


Existing plaque:  Edmunston, New Brunswick

From a start in his family's small sawmill in the 1880s, Archibald Fraser became a prominent pioneer of the New Brunswick pulp industry. As the lumber trade fell into decline, he sought new ways to exploit the province's vast forest resources. In 1918 he diversified into pulp manufacturing, opening a modern mill at Edmundston. Fraser quickly became an industry giant, with mills and forest operations throughout New Brunswick. By the time he died, large corporations were replacing family enterprises, and pulp and paper had superseded lumber as the province's most important manufacturing industry.