Congratulations Sarah Long, winner of the painting

The raffle was a great  success with the ticket sales raising over $2000

Our winner Sarah Long is in the picture below receiving her painting

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Thank you to Cal Warren for donating the picture and to everyone who bought tickets.

Cal kindly told us this when donating the painting

“It is with great pleasure that I donate this painting to the Heritage Group of Champney’s West.  During resettlement we moved from our home in Fox Island to Isle aux Mort’s.  This painting relates my memories of that era and is inclusive with the beauty of that area of Newfoundland and Labrador.  I give willingly and freely and strongly suggest that you support this small group in their effort.”    Cal Warren 2015


This painting was inspired by a small black and white photograph taken in 1964 or 1965.  Local residents have shared their recollection of the colours of the homes and other details.  The home being towed is on its way from Traytown to what is now called, Champney’s Arm.  It was the home of Max and Dolly Cooper.   Dolly had refused to move unless she could take her home.  The house had to be brought over a hill, down a cliff and floated to Champney’s Arm.  The boats towing the house belong to Gus (Augustus) Pippy, William Watton, and Max Cooper.  The house now belongs to Brenda (Toope) VanTent, Max and Dolly’s niece.

The yellow house on the left belonged to Rhuben Hookey; it is now the summer home of Gary Latorre.  The house in the center belonging to Ambrose and Ada Goldsworthy has been taken down.  The white house on the right, with the fenced area belonged to Walt Goldsworthy.  It is now the home of Martin and Ann Hiscock.

The funds raised will be used to assist in the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the community and the relationship with marine ecology through the development and operation of educational facilities.

Champney’s West Heritage Group Inc. has three priority developments, the: Heritage House, Aquarium, and Fox Island Hiking Trail.

Memorial University Staff Continue to Provide Support to the Aquarium Development

Memorial University continues to support the aquarium at Champney’s West.  On  July 10, 2015 Jim Devereaux (Laboratory Services Supervisor) and John Evely (Water Quality Specialist) from the Ocean Sciences Centre were on site to advise on plumbing and pumping requirements for the sea water system.  At the same time Danny Boyce (Facilities and Business Manager, Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building) was in Champney’s West to work with local fisherman Charlie Freeman in the collection of lumpfish.  Joining Danny was the Field Services team  (Andrew Perry and Zach Ryan ) who were able to identify the best site for sea water intake . While on site the divers were also able to deploy a buoy with a temperature monitoring device that will give water temperatures for the next six months and allow a focusing of the water flow requirements  to meet  the needs  of the facility in an energy efficient manner.

The next Memorial supported activity was Aug 8, when Danielle Nichols, Director of Public Education  arranged  for the OSC touch tank to be in the community for Champney’s West  days.  On hand to display the animals were MUN students  Chelsea Bishop  and Ally Macarthu . This was the forth year the touch tank has been in Champney’s West and as in past years attracted many children of all ages.   The touch tank has been important in keeping public interest alive in the aquarium project.

Next Memorial personnel scheduled to assist in aquarium development will be Bob Hooper (Professor, Department of Biology) and F iona Cuthbert (Instructor, Department of Biology).  Calling upon years of experience at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, Bob and Fiona will advise on the layout and nature of aquaria in the public viewing area. They will craft a plan for the number, size, and content of viewing tanks  in the open area.  This will allow the physical aspects of the aquarium to be complete and will set the stage for activating the displays in spring 2016.

Other Memorial personnel who are engaged in the development of the aquarium are Catherine Street, from the Faculty of Medicine, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Champney’s  West Heritage Group and also maintains the webpage, and Bill Driedzic (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience).  Bill also serves on the Champney’s West  Heritage Group Board and co-ordinates activities of Memorial personnel.



More memories of Champney’s West

Please check out this lovely interview with Roy Hiscock

Again thanks to the  Intangible Cultural Heritage, Folklore and Oral History team for carrying out these interviews – look out for more over the next few weeks