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Women's History of the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland

Cape Ray Lightkeepers House
Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador

This exhibit features stories of women from South Branch to Rose Blanche. These stories show the role that women played in the development of the history of the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many may think that women were just the bearers of children and did the household chores, but this is definitely a misconception. The roles of most of the women in this exhibit will show that their lives were complex. They played a huge role in the development of our history, whether it was through the fishing industry, the farming industry or by being a homemaker. Doing the household chores and caring for their children and husbands was a major part of their lives. However, many aided their husbands by tending the flakes, salting the fish and preparing it for winter. Others aided their husbands in the farming industry. The women would help in the fields by planting, watering, weeding, harvesting and storing the vegetables for winter. All these tasks were done by hand. There was no machinery to help with the hard work that had to be done in order to survive. This exhibit displays stories of 149 women over the age of 60. It also features 206 photographs of these women and other related photos of their lives and the areas in which they live.



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