W. Gordon Handcock

Professor Emeritus
Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2024
Tel: (709) 864-8992
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: ghandcoc@mun.ca

Research Interests

  • The Lester Diaries 1751-1802.
  • Historical Demography and Migration.
  • Settlement Geography - origins and development.
  • Toponymy.
  • Cultural Landscape.

Selected Publications

  • Handcock, W.G. 2006. Exploring the toponym Saltons in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, Regional Language Studies (RLS), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Spring, pp.3-5.
  • Handcock, W.G. 2003. 'The Rock', a hard name for Newfoundland, Newfoundland Quaterly, 96(3), pp. 44-6
  • Handcock, W.G. 1997. The Story of Trinity: "the best and largest Harbour in all the Land", Trinity Historical Society, St. John's.
  • Handcock, W.G. 1994. The commission of Government's Land Settlement Scheme in Newfoundland. In J. Hiller and P. Neary (eds.) Twentieth-Century Newfoundland: Explorations St. John's: Breakwater, 123-152.
  • Handcock, W.G. 1994. Settlement. In C.F. Poole (ed.), Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, 5: 133-142.
  • Handcock, W.G. 1993. Nomenclature. In C.F. Poole (ed.), Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, 4: 88-93.
  • Handcock, W.G. 1989. Soe Long as There Comes no Women: English Migration and Settlement in Newfoundland, St. John's: Breakwater.


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000