Fonds - Thomas Andrew Hall fonds

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Thomas Andrew Hall fonds

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  • 1835, 1840, 1913-1942 (Creation)
    Hall, Thomas Andrew

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15 cm of textual records and photographs
1 photograph album
1 scrapbook
2 photographs

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Thomas Andrew Hall (1867-1944), engineer and civil servant, was born at Portadown, Ireland in 1867, son of William Hall. He married Harriet Robinson in 1907 and had one daughter, Doreen. Hall died at St. John's on 21 June 1944.

He was educated at Queen's College, Galway, and earned a B.A. and B. Eng. (honours) from the Royal University of Ireland. Following his graduation, Hall was employed as engineer on a variety of railway projects in England and Ireland from 1888-1906. Hall was a member of the Church of England.

In 1906, Hall was hired as Newfoundland's Government Engineer. During his career, Hall held a variety of positions in the Newfoundland civil service, including member of the Royal Commission on Newfoundland's High Cost of Living (1917), secretary to the Colony's Minister of Shipping (1917-1929), Government Railway Commissioner (1920), Chief Commissioner of Newfoundland's Highroad Commission (1925), Chief Engineer for the construction of the Newfoundland Airport at Gander (1935). Hall retired from public service in 1941.

Hall was awarded a C.B.E. in 1919.

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The fonds consists of professional and personal fonds of T.A. Hall, predominantly documents and correspondence which relate to Hall's various building projects, including a hospital for the insane; Rose Blanche church; St. John's Cathedral decorations; Port de Grave breakwater; Rennies Mill Road church; Queen's College chapel; various blueprints including, the Church of England boys' orphanage (circa 1936), Placentia bridge (1941), Newfoundland airport, Humber Arm dam, etc. The fonds also contains personal correspondence, a sketchbook of people, images, and landscapes, a photograph album of the Argentia Naval Air Base, a travel log, and postcards. The fonds also includes the 1835 will of John Hall and a related letter (1840).

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Acquired from John Caines, Dealer.


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  • English

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See also 1144-1382, Caines Collection, "Newfoundland Airport". This material might belong to the Hall fonds.

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The bound album measures 25 cm x 31 cm, and is hand-inscribed in black ink.

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Created - April 26, 2013

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  • English

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