G. Crewe Letter to P.H. Jardine, 1957
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Department of Public Welfare
| ||Grand Bank||October 22, 1957.|
Mr. P.H. Jardine,
Director of Social Assistance.
Dear Mr. Jardine;
For the past two years the people of Brunette
Island have been considering the possibility of moving to
the mainland, mainly to Grand Bank or Fortune. The sudden
decline in the economic situation lessened their enthusiasm
until now there appears to be no other alternative.
In March 1956, accompanied by the Magistrate, I
went to Brunette and attended a public meeting. At this meeting
I outlined the procedure to be followed with regard to moving.
A committee was appointed but there was nothing done. There
were 25 families there at that time. Since the number has been
reduced to 15. The other ten families moved one by one and
provided homes at either Grand Bank or Fortune. They had some
financial means and received help from friends in the form of
The families remaining on Brunette have no means to
make provisions for homes here or at Fortune. They need some
assistance. There are 40 children on the Island, 22 of whom
have had no schooling for the past two years. There are children
eleven years of age who have only reached grade 2.
During a visit to Brunette last week I found that
interest in moving has been reactivated. Now every family wishes
to move. A committee has been formed with a view to obtaining
Government assistance. Such assistance will be necessary before
September 1958. The families how at Brunette will remain through
the winter and make provisions to move during the spring.
It is felt that the $400.00 per family previously
offered is insufficient considering that the house [sic] that are fit
to dismantle have to be transported by boat and the high cost of
It is expected that the committee formed will be directing
correspondence through this office in the near future in order
to give ample time for necessary plans and financial arrangements.