Heritage Day in New Perlican
The fifth Heritage Day in New Perlican took place on Saturday, July 14. The event was well attended, with approximately 100 people attending, some for the first time such as David Kelly who spent his summers here as a boy and rekindled a connection through the Heritage New Perlican Facebook page.
David and his wife Jean came out for the event from Mount Pearl to see our photo displays and try to add to his geneology information. Our guest speaker this year was James Warren, now residing in Gander. He’s a retired school teacher who grew up in New Perlican and returned quite often to visit family.
James, who is now 83 years-of-age, enlightened us with stories of his growing up in New Perlican and had some interesting things to say about how to tell the weather by “watching the goats!”
He was pleased to chat about old times with a school mate of his — Eva Vivian (Martin).
This year we had a few new photo displays, one in particular on the White family of Bloody Point, along with an extensive family geneology put together by the twin daughters of Florence Amelia White ( 1919-2009), Frances McMillen and Carol McCourt of Peterborough, Ont.
Frances posted a photo in the March Downhomer of a 1925 St. Augustine’s School class hoping to connect with someone to identify the kids in the photo. Eileen Matthews of Heritage New Perlican connected with her by email and an exchange began which included the 1925 photo and many others which were included in a new display and some in the pho- to have now been identified.
Family members are searching for a photo of their grandparents, Richard and Minnie ( Burrage/ Burridge) White, as some of their mother Florence’s photos were lost in a fire. Anyone with information on this, please contact Heritage New Perlican, either through that Facebook page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Municipal Heritage designated areas were The Liberal Rock on the south side which was a gathering place starting back in the 50s for the fishermen and others to gather and “spin a yarn” and discuss the latest “Gerald S. Doyle news.”
A poem written by Mildred Glynn (Hiscock), former town mayor, was read by Mildred and touched the hearts of all listening.
Also designated this year was Harry’s Brook, which runs through the middle of the community near the salt water and was the source of drinking water for many many years. It was also a place to catch a trout, wash your hooked rugs and just dig your toes in as a child, stories of this brook have been provided by Bertha Conway (Seward-Legge) and Phil Warren, both of whom have assisted Heritage New Perlican with their recollections.
A vintage Comets hockey jersey once worn during outdoor hockey play in New Perlican in the early 1960s was also on display. The jersey was donated to Heritage New Perlican Albert Hefford, Jr., whose father was instrumental in building an outdoor rink. Albert Hefford, Sr. was the postmaster in New Perlican for many years.