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Researching the Story of Spanish Flu in Labrador

Researching the Story of Spanish Flu in Labrador

Anne Budgell

The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 killed millions of people but nowhere on earth was the devastation greater than in Labrador. Seventy per cent of the Inuit in Okak and Hebron and twenty per cent of the residents of Sandwich Bay died. During the disaster, a few people kept journals; government records and newspaper accounts… Read More


Volunteer nurses at the King George V Seamen’s Institute in St. John's during the Spanish influenza pandemic.

The “Spanish Flu” in Newfoundland, 1918

Prof. Terry Bishop-Stirling, Dr. Ean Parsons, and Dr. Heidi Coombs

In September 1918, the second wave of the global influenza pandemic reached the shores of Newfoundland. The pandemic, colloquially known as the Spanish Flu, became one of the deadliest outbreaks of infectious disease in history. This panel presentation focuses on the history of the influenza pandemic on the Island of Newfoundland specifically and its impact… Read More


Labrador Boundary

Labrador Boundary Case Presentation

Hon. John Joy, Ian Kelly Q.C. Michael Crosbie Q.C.

In March 1927, the Privy Council in London issued a decision that settled the dispute between Newfoundland and Canada over the boundary between Labrador and Quebec, bringing an end to over a hundred years of boundary movement and legal wrangling. Join us as members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador recreate the arguments… Read More


Home Stretch, Home Rule!: Diaspora, Comparison, and Responses to the Irish Question in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine, 1880-1914

Dr. Patrick Mannion

Drawing upon research from his recently-published book, A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923, Dr. Mannion’s talk will focus on local responses to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Irish Home Rule movement in Portland, Halifax, and, especially, St. John’s. By investigating Irish nationalism in the diaspora… Read More


George Story Lecture and AGM

Dr. Philip Hiscock

Dr. Philip Hiscock presents “Ballycater and Other Frozen Water – Present Past in Current Folklore.” The folklore of ice (and other near-frozen water) in Newfoundland and Labrador has been, and continues to be, an important part of contemporary images of the province. Likewise, ice folklore provides important identity markers for many residents. It is part… Read More


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