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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


George Story Lecture and AGM – On Gerry Squires

Stan Dragland

Bio Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Western University. He has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre and at Los Parronales, Chile. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Between 1994… Read More


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