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Globe showing the location of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
the easternmost point of North America
These webpages have now been in existence for almost twelve years, and always the title has been “Stuart’s Newfie Webpage”. I make no apology for the use of the word “Newfie”, although I was not born in Newfoundland. However, after living here most of the time since 1967, I feel very much as if I am one, albeit an adopted one.
As an adopted Newfoundlander, rather than a born one, wherever I went I was proud to be called a Newfie, and have never felt the term to be a derogatory one. To be associated with a culture and identity such as that of Newfoundland, and to be known for that association, is an honour I hope to have for the rest of my life, wherever I may be. It is a small group who can claim a connection with this “distinct society”.
Now that we have a new high speed Internet service available to us in the Outer Bay of Islands, I intend to do my utmost to bring new presentations to these pages. One such item is already in place: my monthly newsletter, The Blow-Me-Downer, which is circulated free of charge to all homes in Lark Harbour and York Harbour. A little further down the page you will find the opportunity to sign up to receive The Blow-Me-Downer regularly by email. Hopefully this will give to our many exiles an even stronger connection with home. Unfortunately I have not been able to provide a download because of file space constraints and my lack of skill in programming, so for the moment copies will be emailed as attachments, in PDF format. However, you will get all the graphics and pictures just the same as the original hard copy. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to comment by E-mail. And if anyone would like to write something to be published, that will be even better.
During the years since this webpage began (1996) I have received many messages of appreciation from a wide variety of people: a special Newfoundland welcome, and also a québécois "bienvenu" to everyone. Particularly I like to hear from any of my past students from St James School where I served as Principal from 1974 to 1994. I am very happy if my efforts are able to help any of you, and also expatriate Newfoundlanders everywhere, to keep in touch with home. Please continue to send your messages.
To those people who have not yet visited Newfoundland: if these webpages provide you with useful information that may help you to decide on making a visit to this beautiful Province, I would be glad to hear from you, and to assist in any way I may be able.
Thanks to everyone who reads these pages, and especially to those who take the time to send me a few remarks...... (SLH)
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THE FORGOTTEN BAY, my unpublished history of the Outer Bay of Islands, tells how the area was settled, from prehistory to modern times and Confederation with Canada in 1949. Contemporary accounts from letters, journals and newspapers are included, and extensive references for further reading are provided in endnotes and a detailed Bibliography.
Religion, Society, and Culture in Newfoundland and Labrador This site by Dr Hans Rollman of the Department of Religious Studies at MUN contains excellent research material and a number of complete texts of original documents about Newfoundland, many of which are facsimiles unavailable to the general public except at libraries such as CNS. A very useful source for the serious student.
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Review this CHRONOLOGY of events relating to the Outer Bay of Islands.
Learn about the EARLY SETTLERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, and some of the problems they had to cope with.
Learn HOW OUR COMMUNITIES GOT THEIR INTRIGUING NAMES, and what was cooking here in 1767.
Find out about the FIRST EUROPEAN TO ENTER THE BAY OF ISLANDS, and the big codfish he caught.
Please email me with remarks about the webpages or about anything else.
À mes amis(es) francophones écrivez-moi en français s'il-vous-plaît!
4. Some Good Newfie Links
Click this icon to visit THE ROCK OF THE ROCK OZ FM's WebPage
or view their LIVE ONLINE SKYCAM overlooking St John's Harbour
Sharecroppers, Ed, Mike and Guy, are a local musical group, from Pasadena,
2. The Irish Descendants, one of Newfoundland's best musical groups.
3. Great Big Sea, another very popular group of musicians.
5. Other Interesting Links
Almost 400 years ago a gentleman named Robert Hayman (1575-1629) visited Newfoundland and wrote this short poem. Since then, some things have changed, sadly not always for the better; but there is much that is still as it was . . . .
The Aire, in Newfound-Land is wholesome good; The Fire, as sweet as any made of wood; The Waters, very rich, both salt and fresh; The Earth more rich, you know it is no less. Where all are good, Fire, Water, Earth, and Aire, What man made of these foure would not live there?
I check all the links from time to time, but if any do not work, please advise me.
E-mail me with any comments or suggestions, and thanks for visiting.
À mes amis(es) francophones, écrivez-moi en français, s'il-vous-plaît!
I hope you enjoyed my webpage.
Come back again soon.
All original material copyrighted.
© Stuart L Harvey