All regular Lectures are at the Marine Institute at Ridge Road.
Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 7:30 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.
Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.
Please check the NEXT SYMPOSIUM page on this site for symposia information.
Lectures are now at 7:30 pm
"Behind Barb Wire - Newfoundland POW's in the Great War"
|Jessie Chisholm Dan Duda|
|Feb 22||THE JOURNALS OF GEORGE SIMMS, J.P.,
AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE LABRADOR COURT,
ITS ORIGINS, OPERATIONS, AND DEMISE
The Labrador Court of Civil Jurisdiction was a short-lived experiment in long-distance justice delivery. Each summer, from 1826 to 1833, the Court departed from St. John’s for the Labrador in an ice-reinforced vessel that cruised the Coast for two or three months, stopping at numerous coves and harbours from Blanc Sablon in the South to Rigolet in Esquimaux Bay (now Hamilton Inlet), and occasionally West to Kinnemish in Carter Basin and North West River. The Court’s activity in Esquimaux Bay played a significant role in the decision of the Privy Council in 1927, which set the boundary between Labrador and Canada. The Court’s Clerk, George Simms, a Justice of the Peace and merchant from Trepassey, kept a journal of these voyages, of which four, from 1830 to 1833, are known to have survived. This lecture is based on The Journals of George Simms, J.P., and the Records of the Labrador Court, 1826-1833, 2 vols., edited by Augustus G. Lilly and Christopher P. Curran, St. John’s: The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2017, which contains Simms’s Journals, the complete Court Records, and a selection of archival documents, all of which add to our knowledge of legal, commercial, and indigenous activity in Labrador. These materials, most of them published for the first time, are supplemented by an Introduction which traces the history of the delivery of justice on the Labrador Coast from 1809 to 1863. There are identifications for some 225 persons and places mentioned in the publication, extended biographical sketches of the Court’s Judge, Captain William Paterson, and Simms, and contemporary illustrations, showing people and places on the Coast and the politicians, administrators, and lawyers who were instrumental in setting up the Court.
|Augustus G. Lilly, Q.C.|
|Mar 29||"Wordsworth's Nephew in Labrador 1853-1867"
In 1853 George Hutchinson left England to become an Anglican minister at Battle Harbour, Labrador. He was stationed there for 14 years, and came to love the place and people so much, it took his St. John's fiancée, Selina Hayward, four years to convince him to leave "his people." In England, Hutchinson had come to expect certain privileges as the nephew of William Wordsworth, one of the country's most famous poets. Coastal Labradorians would not have been impressed, however, since most of them were illiterate. He had to earn their respect the hard way. We have the Wordsworths to thank, however, for documenting so much of Hutchinson's early life. Marie Wadden has been able to piece together remarkable detail about his childhood, and education, from the diaries, letters, and poems of his aunts Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary and Sara Hutchinson. More valuable still are the 5 volumes of letters preserved at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere that George Hutchinson wrote home from Battle Harbour. Marie has recently finished typing up all 100,000 words of those letters, and will tell us what she's learned about Hutchinson, and his times.
GEORGE STORY LECTURE AND AGM
“Ballycater and Other Frozen Water - Present Past in Current Folklore.”
The folklore of ice (and other near-frozen water) in Newfoundland and Labrador has been, and continues to be, an important part of contemporary images of the province. Likewise, ice folklore provides important identity markers for many residents. It is part of a constellation of seemingly "old stuff" and of a pool of cultural resources for creativity, identification and commerce. Words like ballycatter, copying, lolly, sish and silver thaw provide not just practical nuance to activity and survival in this climate, but also aesthetic pleasure and esoteric support within contemporary local culture. Philip Hiscock discuss these and other words, and the related phenomena in our annual George Story Lecture.
|Dr. Philip Hiscock|
|Sep 27||“Home Stretch, Home Rule!”: Diaspora, Comparison, and Responses to the Irish Question in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Portland, Maine, 1880-1914"
Drawing upon research from his recently-published book, A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923, Dr. Mannion’s talk will focus on local responses to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Irish Home Rule movement in Portland, Halifax, and, especially, St. John’s. By investigating Irish nationalism in the diaspora comparatively, we can gain clearer insight into the strength, depth, and variety of Irish identities overseas. The lecture will examine the Newfoundland Irish from a transnational perspective, highlighting the complex combination of local, regional, national, and international factors that affected understandings of “being Irish” here and in two other communities on the prow of northeastern North America. It will focus particularly on the complex relationship between “Irish,” “Catholic,” and “imperial” identities; on the incorporation of the Irish Question into local political debates; and on assessing Newfoundland’s unique place within the global Irish diaspora.
|Dr. Patrick Mannion|
|Oct 25||Labrador Boundary Case Presentation|
In March 1927, the Privy Council in London issued a decision that settled the dispute between Newfoundland and Canada over the boundary between Labrador and Quebec, bringing an end to over a hundred years of boundary movement and legal wrangling. Join us as members of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador recreate the arguments in this historic case and a Privy Council of their peers rule on the matter. Retired judge and legal historian, John Joy, will act as moderator and introduce the event, describing the background of the case; Michael Crosbie Q.C. will present the Newfoundland case; and Ian Kelly Q.C. the case for Canada. The Privy Council will be a group of law students, who will then provide their decision. Whatever the outcome, John Joy will provide a summary of the actual 1927 Privy Council decision. Audiences in St. John’s and Happy Valley-Goose Bay will then have the opportunity to ask questions or make comments.
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