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Gilbert Higgins Lecture

Raymond B. Blake

Raymond B. Blake presents “An Eighty-Five Year Odyssey: The Voter and Newfoundland’s Rocky Road to Confederation, 1864–1949”. This paper considers the issue of Confederation in Newfoundland politics from the early 1860s when, like the other British North American colonies, it too seriously turned its focus to union, to 1949, when it became a province of… Read More


The Grenfell Medical Mission and American Support in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1890s to 1940s

The Grenfell Medical Mission

The Grenfell Medical Mission and American Support in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1890s to 1940s, a new collection of essays by eleven authors co-edited by Jennifer J. Connor and Katherine Side of Memorial University, explores the American personnel, supplies, and money that sustained the organization that became the International Grenfell Association. (For more information click here)… Read More


The inscription William and Mary Wordsworth wrote to their nephew, Rev. George Hutchinson.

Wordsworth’s Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867: Part II

Marie Wadden

Last year, Marie Wadden introduced us to Rev. George Hutchinson and his famous English family, including the poet William Wordsworth. It is thanks to his “uncle Wordsworth” that we know heartbreak (the mysterious Miss R.) may have driven Hutchinson across the Atlantic. But what happened when he got here? What happened after Bishop Edward Feild… Read More


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


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