William Smyth Maynard Wolfe, “Maugerville on the St. John River, New Brunswick”
(1853/1854)

Persevering with our improvement on water, the Osgoode Society recently launched that Jason Hall has acquired its Peter Oliver Prize for best revealed scholar writing for his article, “Extreme Freshets and Low-Lying Farms: Property Laws and St. John River Flooding in Colonial New Brunswick“. The abstract:

Although New Brunswick was primarily based on private land possession, colonists who settled low-lying land alongside the St. John River found that the waterway’s erratic flood cycle and ever-changing nature threatened their lives and farms, and thwarted their efforts to divide riverbanks and islands into mounted parcels of private  property. This textual content attracts upon colonial petitions, sessional courtroom knowledge, and colonial legal guidelines in analyzing the response of the colonial legislature and of native governance to the issue that the St. John River created for property rights and a private land administration system relying on static boundaries and caught fences. In inspecting the colonists’ makes an try and adapt property laws to foster acceptable responses to their altering ambiance and social needs, this textual content presents notion into the evolution of colonial laws, native governance, the ecological knowledge of farmers, social battle, and variations to flooding in early New Brunswick.

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