Garnet Richardson - Retired Coal Miner, New Zion

I was born in 1911 in New Brunswick. My father came from Nova Scotia. He spent his life in the mines.

I was eight years old when I started. I worked in the coal industry for 55 years. When I was young, I used to work on the dump after school for a piece of cake. My dad took me down the mines. All my schooling was in coal mines.

The last few years in the mine was a pleasure alongside what it used to be years ago. It was a pleasure because if your place had bad air they put a fan into it and if the place had water they had to drain it or put a pump in there. In the old days you had to lay right down in the water cause if you didn't do it somebody else would take your place.

Fishing is my main thing now. I go way up the Miramichi.