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Grole

Grole (pop. 1966, 193) was a fishing settlement located on the south side of Hermitage Bay near its eastern entrance at Pass Island.

The English-based Newman and Company was probably the means by which the first year-round settlers came to Grole. Nearby Gaultois was a major base of the Newman operation from the 18th Century and the company is recorded as having purchased Crown land in the settlement of Grole in 1851.

The volume of business at Grole during the 19th Century was sizable: between 1836 and 1884 the settlement was the largest salt-fish producer in the area (Census) and also reported catches of salmon and lobster.

By 1836, when Grole was first reported in the Census, it had a population of 188. Because of its limited available land and lack of a good harbour able to accommodate large numbers of boats, Grole's growth was slow; it reached its peak in the early 20th Century and the population of the settlement never exceeded 250 people.

Between 1966 and 1971 the families of Grole resettled, mainly in Harbour Breton under the latter part of the first agreement of the federal-provincial government resettlement programme. Other families settled in small numbers at Gaultois, Grand Bank, Hermitage, Long Pond, Marystown, Milltown and Stephenville.

From the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador


Grole areal view

Grole areal view
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St. John Anglican church, Grole

St. John Anglican church, Grole
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Grole, Hermitage Bay

Grole, Hermitage Bay
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