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.

  • 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

  • Norma lucas

    Great video, good luck young man
    13/06/2017 8:19:48 PM

  • Sheila

    Excellent job, young man!! Good Luck!
    13/06/2017 6:13:28 PM

  • Philly

    Good job
    13/06/2017 3:52:30 PM

  • Lori

    Great video!! You are such a great speaker Windell. So proud of you. GOOD LUCK!!!
    13/06/2017 3:00:23 PM

  • Helen Vincent

    Great presentation Wendell. Thank you for sharing this here . All the best of luck to you :)
    13/06/2017 2:25:36 PM

  • Nina Boyd

    Windell, you did a great job. Lots of information. Loved the video. This is the only province I have not visited. I will remember about the tsunami and the little 6 ear old girl. Thanks for supplying all this information.
    13/06/2017 11:04:23 AM

  • Herman Koops

    Well done!
    13/06/2017 10:43:40 AM

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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.