Notes and Comments / Nouvelles brèves - Early Newfoundland History

Notes and Comments / Nouvelles brèves

Early Newfoundland History

1 I am writing a Romantic Historical Novel based in Newfoundland during the early 1800s, and am doing research on that particular period for it. We have strong links in Poole, England, with Newfoundland, that stretch back for generations due to the cod fishing industry flourishing for a time between ports in England and places like Twillingate, Trinity and St. John's. Therefore, I have been able to complete some research in the local history section of my public library, and indeed around Poole Quay itself, where houses — built by the merchants engaged in the Newfoundland trade — remain even to this day.

2 However, I am looking for any additional background information on the fishing out-ports of Newfoundland during the late 1700s to 1820s. Not only am I interested in the cod fishing industries, but also the social history of the coastal communities that built up around them.

3 I would be grateful for any information. Mrs. M. Addison, 3 Southill Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, U.K., BH12 SAV.