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July 10, 2003

Labrador boundary documents online

Continuing with its mandate to disseminate knowledge on the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site has undertaken the exciting new challenge of placing on its Web site the 12 volumes of documents submitted to the Privy Council in 1927 relating to the Labrador boundary dispute between Newfoundland and the Dominion of Canada.

The two governments presented thousands of pieces of documentation on Labrador to the court. The 12-volume set constitutes an excellent repository of information on many aspects of Labrador history and culture from the 16th century to 1927. Included are documents connected with the Hudson Bay Company, papers related to concessions and seigniories in the 17th and 18th centuries, and extracts from journals and publications on Labrador.

The Web site’s major challenge is to raise the funds to complete the project. One approach the Web site is using is to encourage supporters to sponsor a page. Based on trials, it was discovered that it will cost the Web site $15 (Cdn) to photocopy, scan, create the web page, proofread and place on the main Web site each printed page of the set of more than 5,500 pages.

“We are looking for support from the general public to help us in this project by sponsoring one or more pages” says Vince Walsh, Web site coordinator. “As a way of showing our appreciation, we will acknowledge the contribution by placing the donor’s name, town and province or state in the side bar of each page sponsored.”

The first pages of the project are already online and can be viewed at




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