Industrial Legacy: A History of Dorr-Oliver-Long Limited

Exhibition
Date: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

October 12, 2019 - January 26, 2020

The Franklin Carmichael Gallery

Opening reception Saturday October 19, 1-3 pm

The history of Dorr-Oliver-Long Ltd. is one that is full of family connection, perseverance, and stories of how its founders and employees contributed to the local community. Dorr-Oliver- Long Ltd. is best known for its manufacturing of large scale industrial and mining equipment. At its height, Dorr-Oliver-Long Ltd.employed over 800 people and was a driving force in Orillia’s economy. In 1879, Robert Brammer purchased Bateman’s Machine Shop and created the Victoria Foundry - which would eventually evolve into Dorr-Oliver-Long Ltd. The Foundry produced shingles, steam engines, boilers and sawing machines. Over the following 110 years, in addition to several changes in the business’ name, the company would see the addition of new business partners, products and factory space. This exhibition showcases artifacts from the company’s rich history, including never-before-seen working models of products manufactured by Dorr-Oliver-Long ltd..