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Excerpts from
"The Sea, Our Life-Blood"

by

Naboth Winsor pp. 122-127
Permission to reprint and post graciously given by his widow,
Mrs. Mildred Winsor

Swain's Island
Population Statistics

 

 


Year	Population	Church of 	Methodist	Salvation	Dwelling
____	________	England		________	Army		House
1836	85		85						8
1845	103		103						8
1857	171	 	170						17
1869	265		251	 	14				34
1874	354		161		190				35
1884	240		122		117
1891	219		71		148
1901	227		62		165				28
1911	158	 	32		120		6		22
1921	84		2		74		8		13

1857 B 1 Roman Catholic;    1874 B 3 Roman Catholics;
1884 B 1 Roman Catholic.

Wesleyville


1884	293		26		267	
1891	452		56		384	 	12
1901	587		29		499	 	58		66
1911	781		42		666	 	71		122
1921	1,105		68		910		125		180
1935	1,182		65		936		179		195
1945	968		35		717		216	

1901 B 1 Roman Catholic;     1921 B 1 Roman Catholic;
1911 B 1 Presbyterian.

There were people living at Cold Harbour, the north end of Wesleyville by 1855. They were included under Swain's Island in the 1857 census and the 1869 census.

By 1874 there were people living in the upper end of Wesleyville, they and the Cold Harbour residents were included under Swain's Island and the Reach.

In 1884 there were separate statistics for Swain's Island and the mainland; in the 1884 census, the mainland was headed, Wesley Town, Cold Harbour, and Three Island Harbour.

Appendix B
Swain's Island
Fishery Statistics

Year	Boats under	 Boats 15 to	Boats over		Vessels	Tonnage
	15 quintals	 30 quintals	30 quintals	 	______	_______
1836		2		1		4				 
1845		1		1		5		2	 86
1857		9		5		6		4	382
1869		2		2		4		10	350
1874		5		4		3		12	338
1884		5		4		2		5	210
       Boats 4 to 30 quintals
1891		1				2		3	104
1901		14				1		2	83	
1911		13				1		4	146
1921								1	58
	Fishing	Sealing 	Nets and	Codfish		Seals	Value of 
	Rooms	Nets		Seines		Caught		Taken	Codfish
1845		82		5
				Cod seines
1857	11	130		27		3,800 qtls.	2,669
1869	15	78		73
1874	19	59		86	 	4,550		1,654
1884	10	4		32		6,480		116
1891				38		1,938			6,250
1901	5			8		1,025			3,824
1911	5			6		640			2,646
				(cod traps)
1921				3		125			697
				(cod traps)

In 1884 there were 7 cod traps; in 1891 there were 4.

The two vessels listed for 1845, were engaged in the Seal Fishery. They were the R.M.C., 47 tons, owned by the Tillers, captain, William Tiller, Jr.; and the British Queen, 39 tons, owned by the Winsors, captain, Samuel Winsor.

Appendix C
Swain's Island
Agriculture and Livestock Statistics

Year	Potatoes	Turnips	 	Cabbage	 	Sheep	Pigs	Goats	Hens	Cows
____	(Barrels)	(Barrels)	(Heads)	 _____	___	____	____	_____

1836	126
1845	102							4
1857	190		16					21 (pigs & goats)
1869	310		15				9	20	3		2
1874	446		30				14	48	6
1884	221		1				6	60	3		1
1891	422		19					63		21
1901	308		30		2,600		2	31		52
1911	213		18		8,250
1921	97				400		

Wesleyville

1884	148		13				6	74	11
1891	986		27				18	123	15		114
1901	647	 	157				51	171	37		325
1911	902		95		41,450		120	196	22		806
											10
1921	1,607		52		660	
1935	1,140		2		26,700			29
					lbs.
1945	536		1		6,660		69	44	40
					lbs.

Appendix D
Wesleyville B
Fishery Statistics

Year	Boats under	 Boats over		Vessels		 Tonnage	Fishing Rooms
	30 quintals	 30 quintals		______		_______		____________

1884		25		5		10		422			10
1891						11		411
1901		65		9		23		934			19
1911		94		3		33		1687			44
1921		50		2		39		1832
1935		61 (motor			11		919			18
		boats)
1945		29 (motor			8		586
		boats)

Year		Quintals of 		Value of 
____		Codfish caught		Codfish caught
1884		4,200
1891		4,765			$ 21,180
1901		7,753			$ 32,998
1911		12,370			$ 46,162
1921		19,372			$111,310

The figures above for Quintals of Codfish caught are for the Labrador Fishery.

The Inshore Fishery

1901	605 quintals;  1911	   175 quintals;  1921	1,489 quintals

1901 2 Lobster factories in operation.
1,100 Lobster traps.
138 cases of Lobster produced.

1935 2 vessels had engines installed.
1945 7 vessels had engines installed.

Appendix E
Members of the House of Assembly for the
District of Bonavista Bay, and Bonavista North

C.	Conservative			L. 	Liberal
A.	Anti-Confederate Party		W. 	Whiteway Party
R.	Reform Party			P.	People=s Party
P.C.	Progressive Conservative

Bonavista Bay


1832	William Brown		C.		1885	James L. Noonan		R.	
1836	Robert Job		C.			Abrahan Kean		R.
1837	Hugh A. Emerson		C			Frederick White		R.
1842	Robert Carter		C.			
1848	Robert Carter		C.		1889	Donald Morrison		R.
1852	John H. Warren		C.			Samuel Blanford		R.
							Alfred B. Morine	R.
1855	John Bemister		C.
	Robert Carter		C.		1893	Donald Morrison		C.
	John H. Warren		C.			Alfred B. Morine	C.
	Darius Blandford	C.
1859	Stephen March		C.
	John H. Warren		C.		1897	Darius Blandford	C.
	Matthew WalBanks		C.			John Cowan		C.
	John A. Robinson	C.
1861	Stephen March		C.
	John H. Warren		C.		1900	Alfred B. Morine	C.
	Matthew WalBanks		C.			Mark Chaplin		C.
	Sydney Blandford	C.
1865	John H. Warren		C.
	John T. Oakley		C.		1908	Sydney Blandford	P.
	John T. Burton		C.			William C. Winsor	P.
	Donald Morrison		P.
1869	James L. Noonan		A.
	Francis Winton		A.		1909	Sydney Blandford	P.
	W.M. Barnes		A.			William C. Winsor	P.
	Donald Morrison		P.
1873	Charles Bowring		C.
	A.J.W. McNeilly		C.		1913	William F. Coaker	L.
	John Burton		C.			Robert G. Winsor	L.
	John Abbott		L.
1874	John H. Warren		C.
	Charles Bowring		C.		1919	William F. Coaker	L.
	A.J.W. McNeilly		C.			John Abbott		L.
	Robert G. Winsor	L.
1878	Francis Winton		W.
	George Skelton		W.		1923	William F. Coaker	L.
	James Saint		W.			Robert G. Winsor	L.
 
	John Abbott		L.
1882	Walter B. Grieve	W.
	George Skelton		W.		1924	Walter S. Monroe	C.	
	Francis Winton		W.			Lewis Little		C.
	William C. Winsor	C.

Bonavista North

1928	Robert G. Winsor	L.		1932	William C. Winsor	C.
1930	Nathan Winsor		L.
(Bye Election)
1934 to 1949 Government by Commission
1935 National Convention Election,
S. F Vincent elected by Acclamation.
1949	J.R. Smallwood		L.		1971	Paul S. Thoms		L.
1951	J.R. Smallwood		L.		1972	Paul S. Thoms		L.
1956	J.R. Smallwood		L.		1975	George Cross		P.C.
1959	Edward S. Spencer	L.		1979	Len Stirling		L.
1962	J.R. Smallwood		L.		1982	George Cross		P.C.
1966	Beaton J. Abbott	L.

 

 

Transcribed by Kim Seymour (May 27th, 2000)

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