I hope everyone is doing well, or as well as can be expected. It has certainly been a high stress month, so I hope you will forgive me for a simple post.

Last month, I gave a talk for the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society. I was quite flattered to be invited to talk about aviation archaeology in the province, and appreciated the questions and comments that came after the presentation. The NL Historical Society made an audio recording of the talk, which is on their website, here. Instead of providing a transcription, you can listen to the talk and look at the following slides which accompanied it. The slides are all cited, and many images come from The Rooms, the Digital Archives Initiative, the Conception Bay Museum, and the Gander Airport Historical Society. Anything not cited is my own pictures. I also reference by own work in Canadians and War Vol. 3 (on sale at the time of this post) and Darrell Hillier’s thesis, Stars, Stripes, and Sacrifice.

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Tomorrow evening, I will be giving a talk for the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society.

A black and white photo of a plane crash. Text reads:
Aviators and Airfields
Aviation Archaeology Work in Newfoundland and Labrador
by Lisa M Daly
Newfoundland and Labrador has seen many events in aviation history, some of which have been historically significant, such as the plane crash that skilled Sir Frederick Banting in 1941. Other events involved early aviators trying to set and beat records, or men delivering aircraft and supplies and keeping convoys safe during the Second World War.
For this talk, Lisa Daly looks at recent aviation archaeology conducted in Newfoundland and Labrador. She focuses on the aviation material culture of the province, the reasons for conducting this type of archaeology, and the activities of various communities in recording and protecting sites. Archaeologists in this province have been leading the way in the relatively new field of aviation archaeology.
Thursday, 27 February 2020 @ 7:30pm
Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, St. John's, NL
Free admission, everyone welcome!
Presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society

I am thrilled to give this talk, and will be discussing a number of events in our aviation history, some of which I have covered on this blog and in other presentations.

I wanted to add this update to give some links to some of the articles, books, and websites to be referenced in the talk, so that you can have easy access if you heard something of interest.

Thank you to those who came, and to those who read my blog.

An image of the first page of the Official Register of the Harbour Grace Airport Trust sitting on a table in front of a window that overlooks the small green space that is next to the Conception Bay Museum, the main road, and the ocean.
Reading The Official Register of the Harbour Grace Airport Trust in the Conception Bay Museum.

The Official Register of the Harbour Grace Airport Trust housed in the Conception Bay Museum, Harbour Grace.

Sacrifice in Second World War Gander: The Death of Sir Frederick Banting and the First Canadians Buried in the Commonwealth War Graves, in Canadians and War, Vol. 3, Lammi Publishing.

The Gander Airport Historical Society

My PhD thesis: Aviation Archaeology of World War II Gander: An Examination of Military and Civilian Life at the Newfoundland Airport

Darrell Hillier’s MA thesis: Stars, Stripes, and Sacrifice: A Wartime Familial Experience of Hope, Loss, and Grief, and the Journey Home of an American Bomber Crew
Darrel’s blog: http://crossroadsoftheworld.ca/

Frank Tibbo’s book on the Sabena: Charlie Baker George: The Story of Sabena OOCBG

Hudson Bomber on display at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander.
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