N. W. Sheppard Lecture in St. John’s

N. W. Sheppard will be giving a lecture based on Bell Island: Dawn of First Light on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:30 pm at the Hampton Hall Lecture Theatre (Marine Institute, 155 Ridge Road, St. John’s) presented by the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Everyone welcome!

The history of Bell Island, Newfoundland, is an amazing one of a strong and courageous people who overcame the challenge of creating a community exposed to the mighty North Atlantic Ocean. Bell Island: Dawn of First Light covers the first permanent European settlers who were attracted to the rich soil of the island and to the fish in the surrounding waters. It outlines the accidental discovery of iron ore, the growth of the mining operations to become the largest submarine mine in the Commonwealth, labour unrest and the formation of a union, the factors that led to the mine’s closure, and the tragic impact this would have on the residents. This is also the story of the equally determined women who fashioned the family home in both good and bad economic times.

For more information, please contact the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador at 709-754-9525 or visit https://www.fhsnl.ca/?page_id=83.