New Perlican heritage day draws biggest crowd ever
The designation of Anderson’s shed as a heritage site was one of the highlights of this year’s New Perlican Heritage Day on July 9.
It was the fourth annual event in the town. Organizers say it was the most successful to date, with well over 100 residents, former residents and tourists in attendance.
It was the sixth such designation by the Heritage New Perlican committee, and was done in conjunction with the town council.
Anderson’s shed was built for George Burrage in the late 1950s by Edgar Burrage, who lived in Vitter’s Cove, New Perlican.
It was built for a horse, with the loft being used for hay storage. In 1982, Bridget Butler purchased the house on Path Road. Butler’s daughter, Joan, gave the shed’s history.
The other heritage sites are the Loyal Orange Waterloo Lodge, St. Matthew’s United south side cemetery, Sittin’ Rock, Burrage’s stage and Peter’s Finger.
Awards were handed out to photo contest winners, as follows:
• “Old” photo contest — Lorraine LaFitte ( first and second place) and ( third place)
• “ New” photo contest — Lorraine LaFitte ( first place), Paul Stockham (second place) and Debbie Bown ( third place).
The contest was judged by Joanne Snook-Hann, an artist with family roots in New Perlican.
A display of period photos that had been restored and drymounted was also unveiled during the ceremony at the Veteran’s
McDonald Memorial Community Centre.
Former provincial education minister Philip Warren was the guest speaker.
Warren referred to the renewed interest in New Perlican — its past, present and future.
He said the town resisted the urge to be negative about rural Newfoundland and Labrador and began to “examine the past and look to the future with pride and optimism.”
Clifford George, an artist from Whiteway, presented to the Heritage New Perlican committee a sketch of a salt-box-type house in the town.
“ We had the most photos and displays ever,” said committee chair Eileen Matthews. “ Some of them were done by families, whereas other years we did them ourselves.”
As part of the New Perlican Heritage Day celebration, the Burrage family mounted a display about Edith May Burrage (1911-2006), a resident with a wealth of knowledge about the town. Several Burrage family members were in attendance including, from left, Anna Bailey, Jason Bailey, Rhoda Bailey (with Klara Bailey), Carmen Bailey, Ross Critch, Jessica Critch and George Burrage.
The Heritage New Perlican committee, from left, Greg Twining, Joan Butler, Gail Snook, Brenda Wadden, Eileen Matthews (chair), Lorraine Warren (treasurer) and Max Warren (town council representative). The backdrop is a wall mural of the harbour, painted in 1946 by W.C. Palmer. It was originally part of the stage at the former St. Augustine’s Anglican school, and was rescued by the town after the school was torn down and given to the committee for preservation.
Organizers say New Perlican Heritage Day was the most successful to date, with well over 100 residents, former residents and tourists in attendance.
This historical artifact stumped a lot of viewers during New Perlican Heritage Day on July 9, until Rosalind Critch correctly identified it as a voting tool at Lodge meetings. A ball passed through the black hole indicated rejection, while a white ball indicated agreement.
Whiteway artist Clifford George presented the Heritage New Perlican committee with a sketch of a salt-box house.