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Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Newfoundland Early Modern Documents

Series consists of photocopies of over 1200 individual documents relating to early modern Newfoundland, collected by Matthews in the course of his research into the West Country cod fisheries at Newfoundland. The documents are an almost complete collection of extant material held in British repositories that relates to the fisheries, settlement and political development of Newfoundland from European discovery and settlement to 1800. The collection was described and annotated by historian Peter Pope, in 1989. He also added relevant documents to the collection.

Name Files

Series consists of data on individuals, families and businesses that were involved in the settlement, fisheries and trade of Newfoundland from earliest settlement to 1850. The files were compiled from a wide variety of English, Irish and Newfoundland records, include parish registers, newspapers, shipping records, customs records, political papers, census records, merchant records, diaries, records of the British Colonial Office, Admiralty and Board of Trade, muster rolls and crew lists etc. Most of the data concerns people from the West of England, but it also includes individuals involved with the Newfoundland trade who resided in London, Ireland, Bristol and the Channel Islands. The collection includes data on 7,300 surnames, arranged by surname and subdivided by given name. Records are arranged by surname.

19th and 20th century documents

Series consists of copies and transcripts of official documents from a range of sources relating to Newfoundland fisheries and Newfoundland politics and government during the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostly copies of Government records, British Colonial Office and Newfoundland Governor's papers. The guide to the collection provides description of each item. Records are arranged alphabetically by author.

Research Notes

This series consists mainly of research material collected for Matthews' thesis on the Newfoundland/West of England fishery, and is made up notes, extracts and transcripts from a wide variety of sources relating to Newfoundland, its trade and settlement in the 16th - 19th centuries. Records are arranged in sub-series relating to subject or source of information.

A.H. Murray & Company (St. Anthony, Nfld.) Limited fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1934 - 1969

This fonds contains the records of A.H. Murray & Company (St. Anthony) Limited, 1934-1969, a subsidiary company which was established to expand Murray's influence in the fishery on the Northern Peninsula and Labrador. It includes correspondence with suppliers 1951-64, journals 1939-57, ledgers 1934-54, profit and loss statements 1935-55, cash books 1936-55, stock books 1934-59, salt reports 1935-59, operating accounts 1935-49, insurance policies 1952-61, Workmen's Compensation Board records 1951-59, employee income tax returns 1949-52, payroll ledger 1949-58, trawler accounts with Furness Withy and Harvey & Company Limited 1957-59, CN bills of lading 1957-60, and diary extracts, 1937.

The fonds is arranged in seven series: Correspondence, 1935-1964; Financial records, 1934-1964; Insurance records, 1952-1961; Labour records, 1935-1959; Legal records, 1934-1969; Shipping records, 1957-1959; Miscellaneous records, 1936-1960.

A. H. Murray

Gordon Slade photograph collection

  • Collection
  • [ca.1950-1970]

The collection contains a photographic account of the seal hunt from the SS Terra Nova and the SS Algerine. The photographer was Wilson Pynn and the photographs were printed by Newfoundland Department Mines and Resources (PF-104).

The collection also consists of photographs taken on the last annual seal hunt conducted in 1981, when Slade, as Deputy Minister of Fisheries, went to the hunt in the Lady Johnson II with Captain Morrissey Johnson. The collection includes photographs of Hon. Jim Morgan, then Provincial Minister of Fisheries (PF-301).

Slade, Gordon C.

Brooking & Co. fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1859-1872

Fonds consists of a list of prices charged by the company for specific items, showing cash or "on account" charges, 1859-72. Separate lists exist for summer, fall, and winter prices. Fonds also documents price-fixing between Brooking & Co. and Grieve & Bremner in the 1860s.

Brooking & Co.

Basil Fearn fonds

  • Fonds
  • [194- ]-[197-]

Fonds consists of 235 black and white photographs and negatives, mainly of vessels constructed at the Clarenville Shipyard during the period that Basil Fearn was manager of the yard, commencing in 1947. The majority of the photographs are identified. At least 50 percent of the images show vessels under construction at the yard. Some of the images were printed from negatives in 1997.

Vessels include the Matthew, the Terra Nova, the Newfoundland, the Marilyn Marie, the Richard, the Northern Wave, the George Kentner, the Philip E. Lake, the Penny Luck, the Shirley Blanche, the Algerine, the Hermitage, the Random Sound, the East Wind and the Right Wind, built for Job Brothers.

Fearn, Basil

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