Allan Stoodley

Allan Stoodley has travelled around Newfoundland and Labrador during the last six decades, camera in hand, recording and writing about the province's local history and its people. He lives in Grand Bank.

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From doryman to trawlerman, Maurice Kearley reflects on a life well lived at sea

The 93-year-old likes to his days on the ocean but sometimes wonders, 'How did we ever do it?'

One of the last great Gloucester schooners: The L.A. Dunton of Grand Bank celebrates 100 years

Earlier this year, the schooner marked 100 years since its launch, and a Fortune, N.L. man — the only doryman still alive who fished on it — is closing in on that milestone as well.

Bird in the hand: How the murre has helped sustain outport fishermen for centuries

Whether they're called murres or turrs, hunting them is still a tradition in some parts of Newfoundland.
History

79 years on, St. Lawrence and Lawn remember the 204 lost from the wrecks of the Truxtun and Pollux

This week the residents of St. Lawrence and Lawn, like they have done for decades, will pause in their daily routine and pay their respects to the 204 United States Navy officers and men who lost their lives 79 years ago.

Soccer teams and rum-runners — the ties that bind Burin and St-Pierre-Miquelon

The Burin Peninsula has always had very close relations with the nearby French islands of St-Pierre-Miquelon.

St-Pierre-Miquelon and the Burin Peninsula: Bound together by history

The French-owned island St. Pierre, less than 20 kilometres off the Burin Peninsula, shares hundreds of years of history with Newfoundland, writes Allan Stoodley.
History

A life cut short: The war letters and photos of Pte. Lyman G. Stoodley

Growing up in Grand Bank, Allan Stoodley was intrigued by a small sack tucked away under the family stairs. In this Remembrance Day feature, he writes about the letters and photos he eventually found there.

Decades after resettlement, tiny communities still dot Newfoundland's 'forgotten coast'

The island's southwest coast earned its nickname from the sense that politicians, once they were elected, stayed away from the area. Pleas to provincial and federal levels of government, even for necessary services, went unheeded.

From fertilizer to delicacy: The history of lobster fishing in Fortune Bay

There was a time that lobster — if eaten at all — would be referred to as "the poor man's meal," writes contributor Allan Stoodley.

No one knows why the Partanna went down, but the loss haunts the Burin Peninsula to this day

The schooner went out with 25 men, largely from Garnish and Grand Bank, for a spring fishing trip in a bountiful season in 1936 — and it never came back.

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