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    • One of the many fossils in the Rocks

    • Landscape; Archeology
    • In addition to a magical place for the young-hearted nature lover, the Rocks are home to a protected fossil site, remnants of life dating back 500 million years. Terry Fletcher writes, Since the description of the Cambrian trilobite Paradoxides...
    • Hussey, Dorothy. Dorothy Hussey Interview Excerpt D

    • Buildings; People;
    • Transcript: Years ago, my father used to keep his car down there. They had a dance hall... down in the square, but its tore down now... My mother and them used to go down there when they were younger, right? When they'd get us into bed, they'd go...
    • St. John, Isabella. Isabella St. John Interview Excerpt G

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • Transcript: ...in my time in the Battery... every couple of years there'd be a storm with seas rough enough to take out one wharf... you know, you'd get up in the morning and check, which wharf is gone... and you could see the debris floating in...
    • 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 Black Wharf juts out into the Cove

    • Architecture, building and construction; Landscape;
    • The Black Wharf was originally a finger pier placed to slow the adverse effects of river sand and tidal action on the depth of the Gut. Over the years, the structural material of the Black Wharf has changed and today this structure is technically a...
    • 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...
    • Men splitting fish on the wharf Across the Gut

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishers; Fishing;
    • Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was...
    • A view of the Easter Cove from the Wester Cove

    • Abandoned houses; Architecture, building and construction; Landscape; Towns;
    • On the east side of the wide river mouth, the Easter Cove has at times been quite removed from the Place. In the early years, there were a fair number of houses in the Easter Cove. However in 1962, rafting ice damaged the series of wooden bridges...
    • 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...
    • Pool at the End of Stevies Road

    • Landscape;
    • River pools provide swimming areas for the young and young-hearted. The Pool at the End of Stevies Road is the most popular swimming area today. Stevies Road is named for Stephen Nash who served in the Royal Navy and cleared land in the area after...
    • Fog hanging in over the Wester Cove

    • Landscape;
    • Starting at the Hayjers Rock, the Wester Cove bends in toward the Place on the west side of the River. Cliffs divide the Wester Cove into two parts: tree-covered hills that range toward the Place, and a narrow, rugged shoreline at the base of the...
    • The Ground sits fallow across the River

    • Landscape;
    • In the 1930s and 1940s, during the tumultuous years of the Depression and World War II, considerable agricultural land was cleared in Branch. The Ground, just up the River from Roches Gulch, was cleared by and for war veterans returning home to...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Hussey, Dorothy. Dorothy Hussey Interview Excerpt B

    • Architecture, building and construction; Buildings; People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: ...the hotel they were fighting about up there. Why not? Progress.. those that are fighting about it are not Newfoundlanders. And they're not near the hotel. Sure, go ahead, do what you wants to do with it... Give people work......
    • Lucas, Ernest. Ernest Lucas Interview Excerpt C

    • Houses; People;
    • Transcript: They're here now... about... about 10-15 years ago... the big house on the fort, the great big one up there... Greg Kendall owned it, and he sold it... that was the first house that was sold on the Battery to strangers, as far as I can...
    • Pearcey, Charlie. Charlie Pearcey Interview Excerpt D

    • Fishers; Fishing; Families;
    • Transcript: Well, I grew up a boy in the fishery when Dad... and his brothers fished together from right up through, when I was big enough (8 or 9 years old) right up to when he died... couple years after that my uncle sold it all off and we gave...

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