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Kelly's Island

An island located in Conception Bay, south of Bell Island. In 1990 the 3 km 2 island was occasionally visited by picnickers and used as summer pasture for sheep. Tradition has it that Kelly's Island took its name from a seventeenth-century Cornish pirate who used the island as a rendezvous point. Captain Kelly is also said to have buried treasure on the island and local tradition has it that the treasure was located by unknown visitors in 1920. During the late nineteenth century Kelly's Island was inhabited and a 1706 census of Conception Bay noted the presence of residents engaged in fishing and farming. It is likely, however, that these early inhabitants had taken temporary refuge on the island to avoid the French and that the island afterward remained uninhabited for some years.



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