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An image of Harbout Buffett premises on Long Island, Placentia Bay


Record No: mha00000431
Title: W. W. Wareham & Sons Ltd. Fonds
Dates: 1934-1967
Location: Bank 53, shelves 1-4
Creator: W.W. Wareham & Sons Ltd.
Extent: 10.75 m of textual records
Organization: Organized in 6 series: Correspondence, 1934-1962; Financial records, 1949-1967; Shipping and fisheries, 1934-1966; Employment, 1949-1961; Personal records, 1947-1949; Miscellaneous, 1966.
Source of Supplied Title: Supplied title based on contents of fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: W.W. Wareham & Sons Ltd. was a fish and fishery supply business operating at Harbour Buffett, on Long Island, Placentia Bay from 1922-1967. The business was purchased by Wilfred William Wareham of Haystack, in 1922, from Thomas Wakely. The business was originally established c. 1812 by Thomas Hann, an English merchant who came to Placentia to act as a supplier for the fishery. It operated successfully until the resettlement program of 1967 forced its closure. During its 45 year history, W. W. Wareham and Sons operated mainly as fish merchants, buying fish and supplying fishermen with fishing gear and provisions. They operated bankers in the fishery but did not own any foreign going vessels. Wareham was a member of the Newfoundland Associated Fish Exporters Limited (NAFEL), and was involved in the salt fish industry, buying fish from the other communities in the area, and selling through the central agency. As well as the operation at Harbour Buffett, where the fish was collected and dried, Wareham's operated a branch at North Harbour, managed by Don Slade, and an office in St. John's managed by Harry Wareham. Other sons of W.W. Wareham, Leeland and Fred, managed the headquarters at Harbour Buffett.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of the business records of the firm of W.W. Wareham & Sons Ltd. The majority of the records cover the last 15 years that the firm was operating in Placentia Bay, 1950s-1967, and provide a fairly complete record of the business. The fonds includes financial records, ledgers, journals, stock books, cash accounts, branch and trade accounts; correspondence from suppliers and customers; schooner accounts, fish collection books, fish purchases and sales, production statistics and labour records.
     Fonds is arranged in 6 series: Correspondence, 1934-1962; Financial records, 1949-1967; Shipping and fisheries, 1934-1966; Employment, 1949-1961; Personal records, 1947-1949; Miscellaneous, 1966.
Custodial History: When Harbour Buffett was resettled in 1967, the business records were abandoned. Dr. Wilfred Wareham returned to Harbour Buffett and collected what was salvageable and arranged, with his father's permission, to have the material stored at the Maritime History Archive, until a formal donation was made.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 5
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/wareham.php
Subject: Wakely, Thomas.
Subject: Hann, Thomas fl. 1812.
Subject: Slade, Don.
Subject: Wareham, Harry.
Subject: Wareham, Leeland.
Subject: Wareham, Fred.
Subject: Morningstar (Ship).
Subject: Point May (Ship).
Subject: Merchants Newfoundland.
Subject: Cod fisheries.
Subject: Shipping Newfoundland.
Subject: Harbour Buffet (N.L.)
Subject: Placentia Bay (N.L.)
Subject: Employment records.
Subject: Business records.


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