Annual AGM – November 22 at the Lions Club in Hodge’s Cove at 7:30 p.m.

  Be sure to mark your calendars for the Annual General Meeting of the Southwest Arm Historical Society. Come and learn what is new and what we are working on. Lester Green will be speaking on the archaeological research in Southwest Arm. Also we will have on display the military banners that were created last […]

Pickin and Grinnin

Come out tonight for the concert at 7:30 at the Lions Club in Hodge’s Cove. The Pickin and Grinnin group from Melody Gardens has generously agreed to do a concert in support of our society. It promises to be an evening of entertainment and fun. Admission is a monetary donation at the door. There will […]

Memorial Day / Canada Day 2017

On Saturday, July 1, there will be a Memorial Day/Canada Day service at 10 am at the War Memorial (outside St. Mary’s Anglican Church) in Hodge’s Cove. The banners commentating the 26 men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from our area who served in WW1 will be on display inside the church after the service. […]

H.M.S. Laurentic

On January 25, 2017, Newfoundlanders and the people of Ireland (County of Donegal) will remember those who died tragically after the HMS Laurentic struck mines that were laid off Lough Swilly, Ireland 100 years earlier. The Laurentic set sail from Liverpool bound for Halifax carrying 475 men. Also onboard was gold valued at five million […]

Two Upcoming Events:

Remembrance Day Ceremony The Southwest Arm Historical Society is hosting a special ceremony to honour the 26 men from this area who served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during World War 1. During the ceremony, we will unveil 15 banner displays that illustrate and recognize the service that these men performed during the war. Also […]

Storyboard Launch

The Southwest Arm Historical Society will be unveiling their first storyboard on Friday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. behind St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Gooseberry Cove – at the head of the Heart’s Ease Beach Trail. This storyboard highlights the important role Heart’s Ease Beach played in the history of Newfoundland. The Southwest Arm Historical Society […]

Ole Gambling Cloth is Home Again

Reprinted from The Packet, June 23, 2016 by Lester Green         In researching and writing stories of our Southwest Arm, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, I have on many occasion been elated at finding or receiving information about our soldiers. Rare photos, military files, and newspaper clippings have all been like finding that elusive […]

Private Bernard Shaw

Reprinted from The Packet, April 14, 2016 by Lester Green Serving king and country through it all Private Bernard Shaw survives the Battle of Monchy-le-Preux Bernard Shaw was born to James and Mary (Walsh) Shaw in 1886 in the now-abandoned community of Batts Cove, near Little Heart’s Ease. He travelled to St. John’s and enlisted […]

Private Richard James Spurrell

Reprinted from The Packet, April 7, 2016 by Lester Green The Spurrell family loses a son Private Richard James Spurrell was born Sept. 15, 1894 at Butter Cove. He was the second oldest son of Moses and Mary Ann (Stanley) Spurrell. Richard spent his early life involved in the fishery, helping his family with a […]

Private George Baker

Reprinted from The Packet, March 24, 2016 by Lester Green Caleb’s first son to enlist. Born at Fox Harbour (Southport) on February 19, 1891, George was the son of Caleb and Theresa (Smith) Baker. On April 16, 1915 he enlisted at St. John’s and became the first of two sons of Caleb to go overseas […]