slice of Newfoundland history
The Maritime History Archive has published a new CD titled
Births, Deaths and Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers,
1810-1890. It is the culmination of Gertrude Crosbie’s
great work to preserve the Newfoundland genealogical record.
A fascination with Newfoundland history and a personal friendship
with the late Dr. Keith Matthews, led Ms. Crosbie to the Maritime
History Archive in the mid 1970s. Sparked by interest in her
ancestors, she embarked on a 25-year volunteer research project,
in collaboration with the MHA, to record the birth, death
and marriage announcements in Newfoundland’s 19th century
Ms. Crosbie worked through the Newfoundland newspapers covering
the years 1825-1890, extracting birth, death and marriage
information, and transcribing each entry onto an index card.
In 1999, the MHA began an ambitious project to transfer the
entries to an interactive database for publication in CD format.
As part of the project, the MHA also collected and entered
relevant information from Newfoundland’s earliest surviving
newspapers, 1810 1824. The CD contains more than 40,000 entries
for births, deaths and marriages transcribed from 44 Newfoundland
newspapers published between 1810 and 1890.
Ms. Crosbie was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree
from Memorial in 1997. She passed away earlier this year.
Births, Deaths and Marriages is available – $49.95 per
CD – from the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University,
St. John's, A1C 5S7, 709-737-8428, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mathematicians come to summer school
Memorial is again home to the summer school of the Atlantic
Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS).
From over 100 applications and expressions of interest, 35
(mostly graduate) students have accepted an invitation to
participate in the third annual school, which runs until Aug.
6. Students from Austria, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Poland, Romania,
Spain, Turkey, California and six Canadian provinces from
Newfoundland to B.C. are taking two graduate courses intensely
delivered over a period of four weeks.
The courses offered include number theoretic cryptology, statistical
genomics and mathematical biology.
The goals of the AARMS Summer School, modelled after a school
in Perugia, Italy, now in its 34th year, and initiated by
Edgar Goodaire, the current director from Memorial’s
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, are to provide young
researchers with basic training in mathematics and its applications,
to encourage strong undergraduates to continue their studies
at the graduate level, to attract bright minds to Atlantic
Canada and to raise the profile of mathematics and mathematical
research in this region.
Board to meet in central
Memorial University's governing board is meeting in Grand
Falls-Windsor this week. A group of 27 community volunteers
and university administrators, the Board of Regents is vested
with the responsibility for the management, administration
and business affairs of the university.
Over the past few years the board has held its July planning
meeting in various locations around the province, focusing
on some special topics and meeting with community leaders,
alumni and friends of the university. “Aside from dealing
with regular agenda matters, we also take some extended time
to discuss special issues in more detail than we are able
to during the rest of the year,” says Dr. Axel Meisen,
Memorial's president and an ex officio member of the board.
“We also value these occasions as opportunities to interact
with members of the community and hear about their views about
the university and our plans – something that is vital
to us as our province’s only university,” added
Dr. Georgina Hedges, acting chair of the Board of Regents.
“Last year's meeting in St. Anthony proved to be extremely
valuable in terms of our sharing news about the university
and then hearing about the issues facing the people in that
The board meeting in Grand Falls-Windsor runs July 21-23.
Dr. Hedges and Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Walwyn Blackmore
will co-host a dinner for community leaders on July 22. Special
guests at that event will include Major Vyvyan Harmsworth,
who is a trustee on the Rothermere Fellowship Trust, and Alexandra
Harmsworth. Each year the trust awards a prestigious fellowship
valued at $27,000 to a Memorial University graduate pursuing
graduate studies in the UK. Major Harmsworth is a descendent
of the family which founded the pulp and paper mill in Grand