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Wordsworth’s Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867

Marie Wadden

In 1853 George Hutchinson left England to become an Anglican minister at Battle Harbour, Labrador. He was stationed there for 14 years, and came to love the place and people so much, it took his St. John’s fiancé, Selina Hayward, four years to convince him to leave “his people.” In England, Hutchinson had come to… Read More


The Journals of George Simms, J.P., and the Untold Story of the Labrador Court, its Origins, Operations, and Demise

Augustus G. Lilly, Q.C.

The Labrador Court of Civil Jurisdiction was a short-lived experiment in long-distance justice delivery. Each summer, from 1826 to 1833, the Court departed from St. John’s for the Labrador in an ice-reinforced vessel that cruised the Coast for two or three months, stopping at numerous coves and harbours from Blanc Sablon in the South to… Read More


Behind Barb Wire – Newfoundland POW’s in the Great War

Jessie Chisholm and Dan Duda

An estimated 8 million men became prisoners during the Great War. Our presentation explores the international legal status of POWs under The Hague Conventions while focusing on the experiences of the 170 Newfoundland POWs, revealed through first-person narratives, family letters, photographs and post-war claims for pensions and reparations. Themes include “reprisal camps”; the diverse experiences… Read More


Kicking Against the Pricks – The Words and Wisdom of Newfoundland’s Ray Guy

Ron Crocker

Ron Crocker’s lecture will focus on Ray Guy, the Newfoundland journalist and satirist with whom he worked at the Evening Telegram in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This lecture will survey Guy’s early and formative influences as a writer, his legendary career as columnist at the Evening Telegram, and his famed satirical send-ups of… Read More


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