This ca. 1945 photograph shows two female Burrard Dry Dock employees, Phyllis Plume (left) and Maria Bouvier. During the Second World War, a labour shortage saw women entering the workforce into jobs that were previously only held by men.
Anna Maria Bouvier (1913-2005) was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She moved out west to work at the Burrard Dry Dock shipyards. Bouvier was one of the many women who worked as a rivet passer. A riveting team consisted of five people, each with their own roles. The passer threw the red-hot rivets to the catcher.
In 1946, Bouvier married Edward Mulcahy in North Vancouver, where they settled and raised a family.
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