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The English in Newfoundland
Painting of Benjamin Lester's premises at Trinity Harbour. Lester's
house can be seen in the centre behind the warehouses. Painting
by Michael Corne, circa 1800. (Courtesy Dorset County Museum.)
• Beginning in the 18th century English men and boys from the south west of England went regularly to Newfoundland on short term contracts to work in the cod fishery. They were employed by English merchants who bankrolled the entire operation. Some fishermen remained behind, thus contributing to Newfoundland's early population. Where they settled was entirely determined by the demands of the cod fishery.
Lester's Poole residence. Lester made a fortune from the
Newfoundland cod trade. The dining room fireplace is decorated
with two marble replicas of salted cod fillets - a reminder
of the source of the family's wealth.
(Photograph by Geoff Campey)