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2015 George Story Lecture: The Pirate Who Never Was? Eric Cobham and Invention in History

Olaf Janzen

Those who ventured into the Newfoundland fishery and trade during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were confronted by many risks – hazards of navigation, uncertain conditions in the fishery, unpredictable markets. The frequent wars of the period could bring attacks on shipping and shore stations by hostile warships and privateers, while piracy could become a… Read More


Death of the National Dream: Fred Alderdice and his default plan

Doug Letto

In October 1932, the newly elected Prime Minister of Newfoundland made a dramatic plan known to the British government. Fred Alderdice told the Secretary of State for the Dominions that the government had little choice but partially default on more than $5 million a year in debt payments. Britain reacted angrily. Its subsequent offer of… Read More


Two Episodes in the Parliamentary History of Newfoundland and Labrador: The Rise and Fall of the House of Assembly, 1832 and 1933

John E. FitzGerald

The Parliament of Newfoundland is unique in the history of parliaments in the Westminster tradition in that it was both created and abolished within a century. Based on the author’s forthcoming history of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland, this illustrated lecture will explore the circumstances surrounding the creation and the early days of the… Read More


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