The Harmsworth Connection

Creator(s): Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Center

This exhibit begins with a focus on the Harmsworth family history which has its roots in Dublin, Ireland. Born into poor circumstances, they rose within a forty year span to become one of the richest families in Great Britain with the two eldest boys becoming peers of the realm. The Harmsworth Family left its mark in many fields but, for Newfoundland, none was more significant than the construction of the largest pulp-and-paper mill in the world on the banks of the Exploits River, begun in 1903.

A New Direction for Grand Falls, NL

What the Harmsworths started was, in effect, the Industrial Revolution in Newfoundland. The development in Central Newfoundland offered the people their first real taste of money in their pockets, accompanied by an extremely comfortable existence in a mill-owned town. Alfred Harmsworth was determined to build an English Garden Community, and that is what he developed. Newfoundlanders from all over the province made their way to Grand Falls for a better life, and a thriving community was soon on the map. The virtual exhibit will show Grand Falls as the garden community that Alfred Harmsworth had imagined.

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