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Pushthrough, Newfoundland

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The following text - to be edited and condensed later - is from the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador.[1]

"A resettled fishing community, Pushthrough is located on the south coast, about 20 km northwest of Hermitage. At the western entrance to Bay d'Espoir, Pushthrough was for many years a distribution centre for Bay d'Espoir as well as for fishing communities on the coast to the west. Pushthrough was probably one of the earliest settled sites in Hermitage Bay, with the English firm of Newman and Company establishing a seasonal fishing station there in 1672. Most early inhabitants of Pushthrough were likely brought out to Newfoundland by that firm as seasonal fishing servants. Permanent settlement at Pushthrough is said to date from 1814, when one George Chambers moved there from Gaultois to establish a fishing room and later mercantile premises. The family of Charles King were resident by 1830 and Thomas Garland arrived in about 1835. By the first Census in 1836 there were 12 families at Pushthrough and a population of 82, 11 of whom were fishing servants for the Chambers firm — which had a large schooner trading to nearby fishing stations. By 1845 the community had a population of 98 and a school, where the master, Mr. Lilly, taught 26 pupils. It was also about this time that Edward Rowsell established his premises. Other early family names of Pushthrough are Lee, Roberts and Camp. Henry Camp arrived in the late 1850s to take up the position as teacher, and the Camp family later established another trading firm. By 1857 Pushthrough had a population of 118, eight of whom had been born in England.

By 1884 there was a population of 209 and a Church of England school and church. By 1901 the population of Pushthrough reached 235, based on the prosperity of the local coasting trade and the Bank and lobster fisheries. The population in 1961 (247) was the largest ever recorded at Pushthrough. However movement of young families away from the community, to Gaultois in the 1950s and in the 1960s to Head of Bay d'Espoir and area, led to a decision in 1967 to close a section of the school and it was rumoured that the next year the school would be reduced to a single room. Meanwhile, changes in the resettlement program made relocation a more attractive option financially and meant that resettlement no longer required unanimous consent from the community. In the spring and summer of 1968 virtually all the families with children of school age moved. The largest number (58 people) went to Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir and others to Hermitage, Fortune, Burgeo and Gaultois. Family names at Pushthrough prior to evacuation included Ball, Blake, Courtney, Garland, Kendall, Lilly, Mullins, Roberts, Rowsell and Simms."

Early Residents


  • Henry Camp, fisherman
  • John Garland, planter
  • Thomas Garland, planter
  • Thomas Grey, fisherman
  • Morgan Ingram, fisherman
  • Charles King, fisherman
  • John King, fisherman
  • Nathan King, fisherman
  • William King, fisherman
  • John Lee, fisherman
  • William Lee, fisherman
  • John Lilly, fisherman
  • Jonathan Lilly, fisherman
  • Wilson Lilly, fisherman
  • Joel Moore, fisherman
  • Robert Nurse, fisherman
  • John Roberts, fisherman
  • Morgan Roberts, fisherman
  • Ezekiel Rose, fisherman
  • Edward Rowsell, fisherman
  • John Sutton, fisherman


  • Robert Ball, fisherman
  • Mark Buffett, fisherman
  • Alexander Camp, fisherman
  • Henry Camp, fisherman
  • John Camp, revenue officer
  • Joseph Camp, fisherman
  • Samuel Camp, trader
  • William Camp, fisherman
  • Francis Cocarell, fisherman
  • Frank W. Cocarell, fisherman
  • Samuel Cooper, fisherman
  • James Garland, fisherman
  • Thomas (of John) Garland, fisherman
  • Thomas (of William) Garland, fisherman
  • Wilson Garland, trader
  • Benjamin Ingraham, fisherman
  • John Ingraham, fisherman
  • Robert Ingraham, fisherman
  • William Ingraham, fisherman
  • Francis M. Kearley, fisherman
  • John King, fisherman
  • Mathew King, Sr., fisherman
  • Mathew (of Nathaniel) King, fisherman
  • Nathaniel King, fisherman
  • William King, fisherman
  • William (of Robert) Lee, fisherman
  • William (of William) Lee, fisherman
  • George Lilly, fisherman
  • John Lilly, fisherman
  • Morgan Lilly, fisherman
  • Nathaniel Lilly, fisherman
  • Henry McDonald, fisherman
  • Charles Moore, fisherman
  • Joel Moore, fisherman
  • Moses Moore, fisherman
  • James Roberts, fisherman
  • Nathaniel Roberts, fisherman
  • Jesse Rose, fisherman
  • John (of Jesse) Rose, fisherman
  • Thomas Rose, fisherman
  • Edward Rowsell, fisherman
  • George Rowsell, fisherman
  • Jonathan Rowsell, fisherman
  • James Sutton, fisherman
  • Jeremiah Sutton, fisherman
  • John (of Jere) Sutton, fisherman
  • John (of John) Sutton, fisherman

1921 Census, heads of household:[4]

NameBirth dateBirth Location
Abbott, John 1875 May Hermitage
Camp, Alexander J. 1878 Aug Pushthrough
Camp, George 1890 Jul Pushthrough
Camp, Joseph 1854 Apr Garnish
Camp, Samuel P. 1858 Jun Garnish
Camp, William G. 1879 Sep Pushthrough
Chambers, Robert 1882 May Pushthrough
Cooper, Samuel 1861 Oct Sherborne, England
Cooper, Steward W. 1890 Jun Pushthrough
Dewland, Job 1887 May Richards Harbour
Dewland, William 1865 Oct Bridport, England
Garland, Albert 1888 May Pushthrough
Garland, Jacob 1885 Feb Pushthrough
Garland, Wilson 1864 Jul Pushthrough
Honeycote, Henry 1873 Oct McCallum
Ingram, John 1862 Jun Pushthrough
Kendell, Edward 1861 Sep Round Harbour
King, Charles H. 1882 Apr McCallum
King, Nathaniel 1878 Sep Pushthrough
King, William H. 1869 Apr Pushthrough
Knott, John 1898 May Gaultois
Lee, William 1883 Apr Pushthrough
Lee, William 1887 Feb Pushthrough
Lilly, John 1868 May Pushthrough
Lilly, Nathaniel 1875 Jul Pushthrough
Lilly, Morgan 1859 Jul Pushthrough
McDonald, George 1865 Apr Furby's Cove
McDonald, Henry 1861 Jan Furby's Cove
Moore, Charles 1866 Apr Pushthrough
Moore, Joel 1877 May Pushthrough
Moore, Moses 1870 Sep Pushthrough
Priddle, John 1881 Jun New Harbour
Roberts, Charles 1890 Oct Pushthrough
Roberts, James 1878 May Pushthrough
Roberts, Morgan 1865 July Pushthrough
Roberts, Nathaniel 1858 Jun Pushthrough
Roberts, Nathaniel 1901 Jan Pushthrough
Roberts, Robert 1881 Mar Pushthrough
Roberts, Robert 1900 Aug Pushthrough
Rose, John 1869 Apr Pushthrough
Rose, Robert 1882 Dec Pushthrough
Rowsell, Henry 1886 Nov Pushthrough
Rowsell, John 1894 Jul Pushthrough
Rowsell, Johnathan 1860 Dec Pushthrough
Rowsell, Robert A. 1881 Mar Pushthrough
Sutton, Emmanuel 1886 Jun Pushthrough
Sutton, James 1872 Oct Pushthrough
Sutton, William 1881 Feb Pushthrough
Vivian, Rev. N. G. 1887 Jan New Bonaventure
Wells, George 1883 Mar Pushthrough


What links to this page.


  1. Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, Volume 4, pp. 483-485.
  2. Lovell's Province of Newfoundland Directory, 1871.:, p. 286.
  3. McAlpine's Newfoundland Directory, 1904, p. 489.
  4. Newfoundland Census, 1921 - Fortune Bay District.:, pp. 327-333.

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