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Shallop Cove, Newfoundland

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Date: 1874 to 1965
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadamap
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Incorporated with St. George's

The present town of St George's, located on the southeast side of St. George's Bay, began to grow rapidly when the railway went through in 1898, and now the incorporated community of St. George's includes South Side (or St. George's proper) Seal Rocks (to the northeast, towards St. George's River) and Shallop Cove (to the southwest)[1].


The first settlers would appear to have been Micmac, who had a major encampment in the vicinity of Seal Rocks. Fishermen from Sandy Point often wintered at South Side and Shallop Cove, while some planted gardens in the area and eventually moved.

Shallop Cove first appears in the Census in 1874 with a population of 39, while in that year there were 215 recorded for "Shallop Cove to Main Gut". Like an earlier listing for Seal Rocks, this 1874 figure apparently included South Side and Seal Rocks — as well as Barachois Brook and Mattis Point, which are beyond the municipal boundary of St. George's. The component parts of the town do not appear separately in the Census until 1884, when there were 37 at Shallop Cove.

The building of the railway attracted many new settlers from Sandy Point to work in cutting railway ties, and after the line went through the population of Shallop Cove expanded.

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  1. Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, volume 5, Extract: letter S. Page 20. Poole, Cyril F. Cuff, Robert, 1959. Harry Cuff Publications Ltd., St. John's. Memorial University of Newfoundland, electronic collections. Accessed 2020.

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