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St. Thomas

Incorporated 1974
Population in 1991 was 763

The communities of St. Thomas and Paradise have grown up along a road between St. Phillips and Topsail. An incorporated community since 1977, in 1992 St. Thomas amalgamated with Paradise and with some previously unorganized areas, as the municipality of Paradise. St. Thomas was the first part of Paradise to have been settled: at Horse Cove, near St. Phillips. Although the community soon outgrew the small cove, it was known as Horse Cove until 1922, when the present name was chosen to honour parish priest Thomas O'Connor. The earliest settlers are believed to have been the families of Michael Laurie (originally of Queen's County, Ireland) and Philip Picco from Portugal Cove.



This page contributed by Barbara McGrath

Page transcribed by Ivy F. Benoit (June 16, 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (May 2003)

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