All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.

Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 8 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.

Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.

Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.

Sep 29 “Archbishop’s Mullock’s rare book library” Agnes  Juhász-Ormsby and Anne Walsh
Oct 27

“The Basques in Newfoundland and other finds from Fort Louis in Placentia”.

An illustrated lecture.

Basque fishers and whalers were among the earliest Europeans to exploit the waters off Newfoundland, Labrador and eastern Canada.  Their presence in the region began in the 1520s, or probably earlier.  Being neither French nor Spanish the Basque had to contend with political woes in Europe while boldly expanding their fisheries beyond eastern Newfoundland, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and up the St. Lawrence River.  They were also among the first Europeans to trade with the Natives in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and beyond where their trade goods have been found as far west as the Great Lakes. 
The Basque left an indelible mark in our province, both in the ground and in our place names.  Over the past 10 or so years we are beginning to realize that evidence of their presence stretches well beyond southern Labrador, to Placentia where archaeologists have found hundreds of fragments of Basque red clay roof tiles in deposits associated with French planters from the mid-seventeenth century and the migratory fishery.  Basque tombstones and sixteenth-century documents related to Placentia also speak of their association with Placentia. 
This presentation will illustrate the history of the Basque presence in our province and eastern Canada and also some of the exciting finds from excavations at Jerseyside where archaeologists found over 40,000 artifacts related to the Basque, French and English/Irish presence going back to the seventeenth century.



Steve Mills
Nov 24 "One Child's Book History in St. John's in the 1950s"  An extensive study of the materials that made the speaker a literate child, growing up in St. John's, NL, in the 1950s and 1960s. Margaret Mackey



Jan 26
Fathoming the Depths for the First Trans-Atlantic Cables.
Abstract: In the 1850s when the first transatlantic telegraph cable was envisioned very little was known about the deep ocean and its seabed.  However, hydrographic information was considered essential to determine the practicality of the project. This presentation will discuss the hydrographic surveys completed for the transatlantic cable project, the hydrographers who did them, how the survey's data contributed to the project’s success and a scientific controversy related to the surveys.


Charles H. Stirling  







“On  Gerry Squires.”

Stan Dragland  




April 7-9, 2017 Devon-Newfoundland ancestry symposium at Exeter, England.

List of Speakers

(This is not a Newfoundland Historical Society event. Please contact devonshireassoc@btinternet.com  for further information.)

The Devon - Newfoundland Story