Updated: Feb 13, 2022
The coal mining, fishing, and farming industries had been the mainstays of Newfoundland communities for many years. Often, young adults would work alongside their parents, some sacrificing their education to earn a living off the land. #fishing #mining #farming #newfoundlandculture
Typically, extended families banded together, and often lived together, to provide financial, social, and childcare support for each other. #extendedfamily
However, in part due to the collapse of the coal mining industry and the closure of the cod fishery, the way of life so familiar to many Newfoundlanders underwent dramatic change. #coalcar #display #rust
Competition in the work field grew, while a greater emphasis was placed on education. Parents waited longer to start their families and, complicated by the rising costs of having a family, the size of families became much smaller. #schoolbus #tree
Interestingly, rural life appeared to be particularly hard hit in comparison to the city. The advanced educational institutions were located in the city and technology had not progressed to the point where distance education was possible. Furthermore, the promise of greater job opportunities and higher pay off the island lured many young adults to move away from Newfoundland completely. #newfoundland
The Mom and Pop establishments that were once familiar landmarks in small communities can still be found but are fast becoming a fixture of the past. If only these walls could talk, what amazing stories they would tell! #gasstation #gasbar
Traveling around the island of Newfoundland, you may encounter some of these old relics. I am filled with sadness and awe when I see each, as I know they each hold cherished memories of someone's past. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?