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    • MUNFLA Finding Aid, Bay Roberts, NL

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    • This is a finding aid of materials found in the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) relating to Bay Roberts and surrounding areas. This finding aid relates to Bay Roberts and the surrounding areas of French’s...
    • Wells, Jack. Jack Wells, Full Interview

    • Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcription in progress...
      Transcript of sections of Interview with Jack Wells in his Twine Store on Oct. 14, 2006 (see CD for full interview)
      3:57-4:02: "Down on the wharves then, filling boxes of fish gutting the fish, splitting the...
    • Foxs Knob  the highest point of land

    • Landscape;
    • There are many different types of hills in and around Branch knobs, hommocks, pinnacles, lookouts, knaps - each with their own characteristics and uses. The Foxs Knob is the highest point of land on the west side of St. Marys Bay. Hills are great...
    • The Splink juts out from the cliff

    • Landscape;
    • The Splink is a rock vein that juts out of the cliff around the Pismire Gully waterfall, creating a small, private cove. Marina Gambin writes, My great-Aunt Aggie (Mooney) Singleton, St. Josephs, was almost 100 years old when she died. She told me...
    • The Kitchen Sink used for playing cubby

    • Landscape;
    • In from the Big Rock and the Cock O Wee Path, the Rocks of the Wester Cove transition into the Landwash through a stretch of relatively flat bedrock. Here the rock shelves are foundations for imaginary castles, oceanfront rooms and meandering...
    • Aerial photo of the Gut today

    • Bays; Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishing; Towns;
    • The Gut has seen many changes over the generations with changing fishing methods and technology, as well as declining cod stocks in recent years. Today at the Gut, modern longliners moor in the Pond while a dormant fish processing plant sits next...
    • A view of the Place from across the River

    • Families; Towns;
    • Oral tradition has it that several years after settling in Branch, Thomas Nash returned to Ireland to perform his Easter duties, there being no priests in the area at the time. On his return, he was joined by two friends, Bill English and Nix...
    • Fog shrouds the River Styx

    • Folk beliefs;
    • Branch is home to more than the human element. Fairies and those from other realms are known to inhabit places like the River Styx. Perhaps the fairies followed the first Irish settlers? The people of Branch have a respectful relationship with...
    • Salmon Fishing on the River

    • Fishing; Landscape;
    • There are many salmon holes on the River from the headwaters down to the Place. These include the Reefs, the Feeders, the Buckets, the Falls, the Strouters, Mortuary Place, Salmon Hole, Darby Bow, and Otter Rub. There are other favourite fishing...
    • Stakes piled on the Big Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction; Vernacular architecture;
    • The tree-covered hills around Branch provide firewood and timber. Over the years, this local supply has been used to build houses and boats, horse slides and box carts, wharves and flakes, furniture and barrels. The Big Hill is known as a good...
    • Jerry OKeefe on O'Keefes Path

    • Landscape;
    • As the trees closer to the Place were cut, paths were required to haul out timber and firewood from further away. Along the first paths, wood was carried out on a horse and slide in the winter. Paths were blazed by individuals but used by all....
    • Country Path

    • Landscape;
    • Footpaths leading out from the Place have been created over the years as hunters, anglers, berry pickers and hikers have walked to and from their favourite spots. The Country Path opens up the area known as the Country, north and east of the River.
    • Dam on John Englishs Gully

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • John Englishs Gully was dammed in 1949 to provide the first municipal water supply. Marina Gambin writes her fathers response to her inquiry on Englishs identity, A fellow by the name of John English used to go out there in the summertime and strip...
    • Valleys Pond provides town water

    • Water Sources; Landscape;
    • Valleys Pond is the current town water source. It used to be a great place to catch mud trout like many ponds around Branch. People also hunt ducks and trap animals that hang around the gullies running in and out of ponds.
    • Pismire Gully creates a waterfall near the Splink

    • Landscape; Livestock;
    • The Pismire Gully creates a waterfall on the cliff face close to the Splink. This gully was named for the abundance of ants (pismires) around its banks. Before it reaches the cliff face, the Pismire Gully provides convenient drinking water for...

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