Did you know?

How well do you know your town, province, country? Here are some interesting facts!!
Did you know…

Stephenville Crossing has had 10 mayors

William V. Hogan
Dr. Dermot Murphy
Eric Simmons
Cliff Goodyear
Terrence Downey
Gilbert Clouter
Hayward Young Jr.
Urban White
Brian Downey
Leona Webb

Did you know…

Stephenville Crossing has had 6 Fire Chiefs

David Cashin
Gill Clouter
Urban White
Neil Dollard
Jerry Bennett
Pat Marche

Did you know…

The symbols on our town crest are:

The Gut Bridge, the Spike and Hammer(Representing our connection to the railway)
The Fireman’s Hat and Axe (Representing the dedication of our Volunteer Fire Department
The Fish (Representing our ocean and the local Fishery)

Did you know…

The provincial flower of Newfoundland is the Pitcher Plant
The provincial tree of Newfoundland is the Black Spruce
The provincial bird is the Puffin
The provincial game bird is the Ptarmigan(Partridge)
The provincial animal is the Newfoundland Pony
Newfoundland was Great Britain’s oldest colony

Newfoundland is the only Canadian province to have a motto taken directly from the New Testament “(Quaerite Regnum Dei-
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”).

From 1834-1949, Newfoundland issued her own coinage and bank notes. Coin denominations were 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent, 2 dollar and gold. Today these coins are considered valuable by collectors.

Did you know we were…

the first province to respond to Titanic’s distress signal
the first to vaccinate for smallpox
hosted the first non-stop transatlantic flight on June 15, 1919
the first to have wireless communication in the world

We have…

the oldest street in North America
the oldest city in North America
some of the oldest rocks in the world
the oldest continuous sporting event (Regatta Day rules!)
the largest university in Atlantic Canada
the longest running radio broadcast in North America
caught the world’s largest invertebrate (giant squid)

We are…

the funniest people in Canada (ask anybody)
the only province that has four identifiable flags
the only province able to land the space shuttle (Stephenville)
the most giving people in Canada (Stats Canada)

A Newfoundlander…

built the world’s first artificial ice arena
invented the gas mask
was once govenor of northern Rhodesia
was with Abraham Lincoln at Gettysberg

We are the only province to have its own…

encyclopedia
dictionary
pony
dog
cultural publication

Did you know a Canadian invented…

The telephone, Short-wave radio,Velcro, Ski-doos, Jet-skis, Insulin, Penicillin, Zambonis, and Superman

Baseball, Lacrosse, Hockey and Basketball

Smarties, Crispy Crunch, and Coffee Crisp

The Hudson Bay Company once owned over 10% of the Earth’s surface and is still around as the world’s oldest company.

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