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English Harbour, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland

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Date: 1675 [unknown]
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadamap
Surnames/tags: English Harbour Trinity Bay Newfoundland
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English Harbour is a community in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Way Office was established in 1883 and the first Waymaster was Henry G. Batson. It had a population of 190 in 1956.

English Harbour was listed in Sir John Berry's census of 1675 as having two planters, their wives, nineteen men, two children, four boats and two stages[1]. With the division of Newfoundland into Judicial Districts in 1732 it was included in the District of Trinity.

A school chapel or small church existed there from c. 1800 and a new Church of England Church (St. Silas's) was completed in 1829. In 1826 a Wesleyan missionary visited the community and from this time onward the population was almost evenly divided between Church of England members and Wesleyans. The first school was opened by the Colonial Continental Church Society in 1833 and the first teacher was Henry Sheppard, who received a salary of £15 a year.

A small amount of subsistence farming was carried on throughout the history of the community, but it was primarily a fishing community. Its population reached 413 in 1891 but declined thereafter.

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There was a fishing community located in northeast Fortune Bay, north of Bay L'Argent, Called English Harbour East, settled in the early 1800s. It was first reported in the Census, in 1836, as English Harbour. The Census of 1869 listed it as "English Harbour East" to distinguish to from another English Harbour on the west side of Fortune Bay[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, volume 1 [Extract: letter E], pp 779-780. Ed. Smallwood, Joseph Roberts, 1900-Pitt, Robert D. W., 1953. Pub 1981. Memorial University of Newfoundland Digital Collections. Accessed 2020


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