Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Resettlement - Bacon Cove
In a press release, dated Oct 29, 1957, Premier J.R. Smallwood estimated that as many as 200 settlements in Newfoundland were “with no great future” and that upwards of 50,000 could be resettled.
The resettlement plan began! Between 1954 and 1965 110 Newfoundland communities were abandoned, with a population of about 7,500. Between 1965 and 1975 some 148 communities were abandoned, involving the relocation of an additional 20,000 people. The main areas affected were the islands of Placentia Bay, Bonavista Bay and Notre Dame Bay, as well as communities on the southwest coast. The resettlement programme had a profound impact on the lives of those affected, and it continues to shape the culture and collective psyche of the province today.