Cochrane Letter to Stacey, 1967
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GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS
17th February, 1967.
Mr. Alex Stacey,
Department of Community & Social Development.
It is only now that I have found the time to prepare a
record of the "re-settlement" projects which were carried out
from 1951 to 1953 by the Department of Public Works. The following information has been drawn from our files:
In 1951-'52 and 1952-'53 twenty houses and
fifteen fish stores, etc. were moved from Cape Island
to Cape Freels North, Cape Freels South and Newtown.
Government, through the Department of Public
Works, assisted by providing materials and machinery.
In 1952 six houses were floated to Hare Bay by
their owners. The Department of Public Works assisted
by paying hire of dozer to pull houses ashore and haul
them to building sites. In 1951 sixteen families moved
with their houses to Dover and Hare Bay. There is no
record of Government being involved in the 1951 move.
In 1953 Department of Public Works assisted in
relocating houses at Badger's Quay by providing materials
and machinery. The settlement of Safe Harbour became
"deserted" about this time but as there is no record of
Government assistance having been given to other than the
two cases mentioned above it must be assumed that the other
liviers moved on their own.
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In 1953 approximately 35 houses were floated
from Pinchards Island and re-settled in the Newtown
area. The Government, through the Departments of
Public Works and Welfare, in addition to assisting by
providing machinery and materials paid to the householders a total of approximately $12,000 in amounts
varying from $25 to $370. Payments were made on
certification of a local committee which had been set
up to supervise and co-ordinate the project.
In 1953 responsibility for moving of houses and resettlement
of families was placed upon the Department of Welfare
and the Department of Public Works dropped out of the picture.
I am forwarding the following files which deal with the
RG/76/5 and RG/76/2 - Cape Island
RG/76/4 - Newport
RG/76/3 - Safe Harbour
RG/76/1 - Pinchards Island
Please return the files when your purpose is served.
Assistant Deputy Minister.