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The Wessex Newfoundland Society fosters links between the people of Poole and Dorset and the surrounding areas of Wessex and those of Newfoundland and Labrador.
President - The Mayor of Poole
The links between Poole and Newfoundland date back to the 16th century when fishermen and merchants from
Poole began to exploit the rich supplies of cod fish off the coasts of Newfoundland. As these trading
interests grew, more and more people from Poole and the surrounding area went to work and sometimes
settled in Newfoundland. After providing Poole with great prosperity, the newfoundland trade faded away
in the 19th century but the ties between the peoples on both sides of the Atlantic survived and are now growing stronger.
Members of the Society enjoy a varied programme of social actvities and talks on Newfoundland and its connections with
Poole and the west Country. They recieve the Society's quarterly newsletter,
The Link, which features news of present-day Newfoundland
as well as its past.
Aims & ObjectivesTo broaden the mutual understanding of the historical, social, cultural, educational, recreational, civic and
commercial activities of the linked areas by the exchange of information and development of personal contacts
To enable those with an interest to enable to come together in a context that would satisfy their need
To promote, support or subscribe to such activities or organisations as may further the aims of the Society
To carry out such activities as are necessary to further these aims
The aims and objectives of the Society are;-
The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter called
The Link and seeks articles, and items of
interest for inclusion. It welcomes suggestions for pursuing the aims as set out in its
||Hon Treasurer, 72 tatnam Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2DS|
Public Records Office, Dorchester
LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE, POOLE
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