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Fathoming the Depths for the First Trans-Atlantic Cables

Charles H. Stirling

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… Read More


The Basques in Newfoundland and other finds from Fort Louis in Placentia

Steve Mills

An illustrated lecture. Abstract 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… Read More


George Story Lecture – Margaret Duley (1894-1968) as a critic of the Great War

Margot Duley

The writings of Margaret Duley, Newfoundland’s first novelist and one with an international readership, can be read as romances but they also contain biting social critiques. The Great War prompted little overt criticism in Newfoundland. Duley’s work stands as an exception. Historian, Dr. Margot Duley, will examine the familial, personal and historical context of her… Read More


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