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Western Union Telegraph Company (Heart's Content, N.L.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1899-1965

The Western Union Telegraph Company was responsible for the operation of the Heart's Content Cable Station from 1899 to 1965, having acquired all the assets of its predecessor, the Anglo-American Telegraph Company. In 1904, the monopoly of the company expired, but Western Union still maintained the original telegraph systems, including the cable station at Heart's Content. The company remained in control of the station until 1965, when it closed its Newfoundland operation.

Wesleyan Methodist Conference of Eastern British America, Newfoundland District

  • Corporate body
  • 1855 –1874

In 1855 the Newfoundland District of the British Wesleyan Methodist Conference was joined with the districts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Bermuda and Newfoundland form the Wesleyan Methodist Conference of Eastern British America, retaining in this restructuring their affiliation with the British Wesleyan Methodist Conference. In 1874 the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Eastern British America joined with the Wesleyan Methodist Conference of Canada and the New Connexion Methodist Church of Canada to form the Methodist Church of Canada. The Methodist Church of Canada then became a free-standing body and its direct connection to the British Wesleyan Methodist Conference was severed. The old Newfoundland District became a Conference of the new organisation. For a discussion of the history of the various Methodist bodies in Canada see Neil Semple, The Lord’s Dominion (Montreal, 1996). For a detailed history of the Methodist Church of Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador see D.W. Johnson, Methodism in Eastern British America (Sackville, N.B., 1924).

Welcome To Canada (film)

  • Corporate body
  • 1989

"Welcome To Canada" (1989) is a National Film Board of Canada documentary which tells the story of a group of Southeast Asians who illegally landed on Canada's east coast. It premiered on 28 September 1989 at the Avalon Mall Cinemas in St. John's, Newfoundland. The film was shot at Brigus South, Newfoundland. Called an "alternative drama," it featured non-professional actors, improvised dialogue and documentary camera techniques.

The film was inspired by the rescue of Tamil refuges off the coast of St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland in 1986. It explored how the residents of a small outport dealt with the arrival of refugees fleeing a country from the other side of the world. Despite obvious differences in language and religion, "Welcome To Canada" illustrated the parallels that exist between these two cultural groups. The film starred Kasivisanathan and Kumaraselvy Karthigasoo, recent refugees from Sri Lanka, and the residents of Brigus South, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland music in the film was performed by local musicians Tickle Harbour with Gordon Quinton, John Lacey, Boyd Norman and Charlotte Bradley.

Ward, Miles

  • Person
  • 1702-1792

Miles Ward (1702-1792) was a prosperous fish dealer and general merchant in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts. He began his career as a joiner in the 1720s and expanded his trading activities in the 1730s, entering shipping by 1740. All his vessels combined fishing with the coasting trade to Maryland and Virginia, and overseas voyages to Europe and the West Indies. Although he was not a particularly wealthy or innovative merchant, the quality of his accounts and the length of time they cover are noteworthy.

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