Fonds - C. & A. Dawe fonds

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C. & A. Dawe fonds

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  • 1874-1925 (Creation)
    C. & A. Dawe (firm)

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2 cm of textual records

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The firm of C. & A. Dawe of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, was formed circa 1877 by Captain Charles Dawe (1845-1908) and his brother, Azariah Dawe. It was a typical outport fish merchant operation in that goods were imported and sold to fishermen in exchange for their produce, which was then shipped to foreign markets. C. & A. Dawe may have imported and exported goods and produce on its own account since it was a large firm and probably not dependent on a St. John's supplier.

Captain Charles Dawe was a well-known schooner and steamer master in both the Labrador cod fishery and the sealing industry. Dawe was also active in politics, first sitting as a Conservative MHA for the district of Harbour Grace from 1878 to 1889, and later as representative for Port de Grave from 1893 to 1900. He sat on the Executive Council in the administrations of A. J. Goodridge (1894) and James Winter (1897-1900) and served briefly as leader of the opposition after the resignation of A. B. Morine in 1906.

Before his death in 1908, Charles Dawe wrote a will in which he stipulated that the business be wound up within five years of his death. While evidence exists that the business was wound up by the executors circa 1911, a 1923-1925 ledger confirms that the business was re-formed, either by Azariah, his son Robert, or some other family member.

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The fonds consists of four ledgers for C.& A. Dawe, Bay Roberts, (1876-1877, 1877, 1878, 1923-25), a financial statement for C.& A. Dawe (1910), correspondence, an insurance policy 1874). a diary/logbook of the barque Nebo, 1904, and an undated statement of the master watch on the SS Terra Nova.

The fonds also includes the last will and testament of Charles Dawe, (1908) and a photocopy of a family tree of the Dawe family.

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Donated by Robert Dawe.


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Created - April 16, 2013

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