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A laborer, especially one employed in construction or excavation projects. [Short for navigator, canal laborer (obsolete).] navvy [ˈnævɪ].

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rivers - were excavated by groups of workers known as. 'Navvies', or Navigators. Navvies would travel around the country looking for work.
Lesson plan for Railway Navvies online lesson What is this site all
Lesson plan for Railway Navvies online lesson. Date: lesson 2. Class: KS 3.
Ribblehead Triangle Walk 3:
Ribblehead Navvy Settlements by P.Cardwell,. D.
Classroom Activities for: The Kids Book of Canada's Railway
Imagine you are a surveyor, railway navvy, or a homesteader on the. Canadian surveyors, navvies, Metis, Aboriginal people, CPR and Canadian government.
My ancestor… worked on the canals

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Video: Life in the Dales village that vanished
Compared to the navvies who had to provide their own pick and shovel, Jack's father had it relatively easy.
Industrial photos reflect the history of industrial Canadas
TORONTO — In his iconic ballad Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Gordon Lightfoot sings of the navvies' great achievement in building an “iron road” running from sea to sea. “On the mountaintops we stand, all the world at our command.
Workington flood bridge replacement lifted in
Workington's Navvies Bridge was damaged beyond repair in November 2009 when one section collapsed and another was swept away. A crane lifted the main structure for the replacement foot and cycle bridge across the River Derwent into position.
The Irish are coming, but Christchurch needn't fear
It appears that the reputation of the hard-fighting and hard-drinking navvy is pestering the New Zealand imagination.
Two hundred set to work on new Cumbrian road bridge site
“With last week's lifting in of the new Navvies footbridge, the progress that is being made on restoring and improving the transport infrastructure in Workington following the floods is there for all to see.

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Navvy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Navvies were the men who actually built railways. The building of rail lines was very labour intensive.
The Irish navvies - Making the Modern World
The navvies (shortened from 'navigators', the canal-builders of the eighteenth century) building the railways came from across the British Isles.
navvies - definition of navvies by the Free Online Dictionary
A laborer, especially one employed in construction or excavation projects. [Short for navigator, canal laborer (obsolete).] navvy [ˈnævɪ].
Navvy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Origin of NAVVY. by shortening & alteration from navigator construction worker on a canal. First Known Use: circa 1834.

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