Antony Berger is the author of The Good and Beautiful Bay: A History of Bonne Bay (to Confederation and a Little Beyond).
By Antony Berger on March 22, 2017Carl Dunbar, a visiting geologist from Yale University, took this photograph looking across “The Anchorage” from the shore road in Woody Point. Some say that this neighbourhood was once known as Black Hill, but why I am not sure. The only building in this photograph still standing is that of Lisa Sorenson (circled in blue)…. Read More
By Antony Berger on February 22, 2017There is an odd story about a fictitious lake in the Northern Peninsula, named after Mattie Mitchell, one-time resident of Bonne Bay. Cook’s 1770 map shows an elongated NE-SW lake running for many miles in the centre of the Northern Peninsula, east of St John Bay: this is indicated as the source of the Humber… Read More
By Antony Berger on August 4, 2016This photograph, taken in the summer of 1933 by an American visitor, shows the old Jersey Room building in Woody Point, about where the Granite Café now stands. Fishermen from the Channel Islands would leave their gear here when they returned home for the winter. At this time, the Bonne Bay post office was in… Read More
By Antony Berger on March 24, 2016The Rev. Ulricus Zwinglius Rule was lonely. The first Church of England minister (indeed, the first cleric of any denomination) assigned to Bonne Bay, his parish stretched from Bay of Islands to Port au Choix! In his solitude, Rule often gazed at the “Old Man,” the prominent rock pillar near the southern entrance to Bonne… Read More
By Antony Berger on February 24, 2016Bonne Bay is no stranger to tragedies, especially from deaths at sea. Here is one example among many, based on reports in the Western Star for September 11, 1900, and February 20, 1901. One sunny September 4 in 1900, John Cole, a merchant from Nova Scotia, and Stephen Witt (or Dewitt), a young father from… Read More