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Maid of Industry Statue
Maid of Industry statue in front of the Railway Coastal museum.
The statue, Maid of Industry, guiding spirit of the Newfoundland Railway has stood in front of the St. John's Railway Station since the turn of the 20th century. Granite from a "Quarry" near Gaff Topsails and owned by the Reids was used for the statue's base. Charles Henderson, stone mason for the Reid Newfoundland Railway carved the figure from a sandstone gatepost rescued from the Anglican Cathedral after the fire of 1892, as a tribute to his co-workers. Miss Frances Quinlan, the Henderson's housekeeper, who later married Mrs. John Gushue of Whitbourne modeled for the statue. The statue served many years as a public drinking fountain.

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