Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Windell St. George's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Western Newfoundland Regional Heritage Fair

Project: The 1929 Tsunami

In 1929 an earthquake on the Grand Banks, more than 200 km off the shores of Newfoundland, triggered a tsunami never before seen by the people of the Burin Peninsula. After a storm that severed communication with the rest of the island, the people of the Peninsula found themselves in a bad situation and no way to reach help. Three waves hit their communities, destroying homes and taking lives. This project is about their story.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I was surprised to learn that something like this actually happened in my province. It was also interesting to learn how tectonic plates rubbing together can create not only an earthquake but also make huge waves in the ocean like the 1929 tsunami.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Natural disasters can happen anywhere and communities should try to be prepared. When a disaster does happen, sticking together as a community is important for survival. In the early 20th century, most small communities in Newfoundland relied on the fishery.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My family does not rely on the fishery for their livelihood as Newfoundlander's did in the old days. When the tsunami hit the Burin Peninsula, it wiped out most of the fish stocks that were dried and stored for eating and for sale. This was devastating for the people.

  • Lynn Alexander

    Proud of you Windell! You will make a great representative to pass on the history of such an important part of Newfoundland history!
    21/06/2017 8:25:53 PM

  • Brooklyn Bixby

    Great job!
    21/06/2017 1:55:39 PM

  • Vivian

    Wonderful job
    20/06/2017 10:35:35 AM

  • Harold Matthews

    Growing up in Grand Bank we'd hear the stories but not in such a beautiful rendition as you have done. Your parents must be proud, well done young man.
    20/06/2017 8:58:20 AM

  • Muriel Chislett

    Very impressed with your project/presentation at the Regional Fair in Corner Brook. Good Luck!!!
    20/06/2017 8:26:57 AM

  • Mina Lockhart

    I really liked how you travelled to find the information in your project. I liked visiting the museum with you.
    17/06/2017 11:10:48 AM

  • Beth Hillier

    Great job Good luck
    15/06/2017 8:39:09 PM

  • Violet Hann

    No doubt you have read "The Newfounland Tsunami of November 18, 1929: An Examination of the Twenty-eight Deaths of the "South Coast Disaster" by Alan Ruffman and Violet Hann.
    15/06/2017 6:06:32 PM

  • Danny conway

    Good job windell make stgeorges proud
    15/06/2017 4:14:07 PM

  • Noella King

    Amazing job, Windell!!! It was a pleasure to have met you and your family. It is so nice to see the youth of our province take such an interest in our history and in doing so,you have become an inspiration to many, young and old. The Best of Luck with your project. Hope to see you again some time and Thank You for doing this.
    14/06/2017 5:49:36 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.