Macredie - Works of Art

From February 1st to May 31st 2019

Alice MACREDIE (1913-2006) Falsework, Outlook Bridge, 1910, 1974, Exporail Collection, 1986.76.27


Watercolours from Alice Macredie painted in memory of the works of art of her father JRC Macredie, engineer. JRC Macredie was in charge of the construction of bridges and overpasses in the West of Canada. This exhibition combines art, history and engineering. A family work: Macredie, father and daughter.

An artist’s view of a father’s work

Alice Rhea Macredie was born in Calgary in 1913, while her father worked on the construction of the Ronalane Bridge, in Alberta. No personal memories remain from Alice Macredie’s frequent trips to the construction sites. After graduating from the University Saskatoon in 1932, she worked for the better part of her life as a draughtsman for the Gulf Canada oil company. A few years before retiring, she decided to illustrate her father’s story: that is when she produced scores of watercolors inspired by photographs contained in the many reports drawn up by her father between 1904 and 1919.

Once she had immersed herself in the light and atmosphere of the various locations Alice Macredie combined art, history and engineering and brought these old black & white snapshots to life through her watercolors. Her collection illustrates a family history: Macredie, father and daughter.

« He believed the country had a great future and he trained himself to take part in the building of roads, tunnels and bridges. » (Alice Macredie)


This exhibition was produced by Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum. The project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, and through the support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and MRC de Roussillon.