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Historical Milestones

In A Nutshell

The town of Fortune was:
* discovered in the early 1500's*
* used as seasonal fishing base in the 1600's*
* permanently settled in the 1700's*
* economically and socially developed in the 1800's*
* embarking on development of the tourist trade in 2000*




Some Important Dates


  • 1763...first known settlers in Fortune
  • 1817...(John) Woundy became first teacher
  • 1824...first Methodist chapel built
  • 1825...first school built
  • 1863...Henry J. Haddon became first Justice of Peace
  • 1864-1882...Joseph G. Haddock was town's only resident doctor
  • 1867-1913...James N. Haddon was teaching legend
  • 1871...Masonic Society formed
  • 1872...Henry J. Haddon became first Postmaster
  • 1877...Rev. Jabez Hill was first resident Methodist clergy
  • 1880...John E. Lake operated can-manufacturing factory
  • 1883...Masonic Lodge constructed
  • 1889...first Salvation Army Citadel built; Capt. James Bowring first resident Officer
  • 1896...fire surrounded the town for several days and burnt out the entire countryside
  • 1907...John E. Lake established furniture factory; first in province; burned down in 1917
  • 1913...Lake & Lake Ltd. established; town's longest surviving business
  • 1922...harbour blocked solid by ice from December until February 1923
  • 1930...January 4th; first electric lights turned on in town
  • 1935...Henry B. Mayo, grandson of H. J. Haddon, became town's first Rhodes Scholar
  • 1944...Public Library established
  • 1946...Fortune was incorporated; John R. Dixon became first Mayor
  • 1947...first volunteer Fire Brigade formed; Russell Lake was first Fire Chief
  • 1949...South Coast Bakery Ltd. Opened; first bakery on Burin Peninsula
  • 1977...fossils discovered in the Fortune Head area
  • 1994...Fortune Head declared an Ecological Reserve and site of the Precambrian-Cambrian geological boundary

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