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Gisbourne Electric Telegraph Construction Employee List

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Gisbourne Electric Telegraph Construction (1850)

List of Employees

Section 1-2

The following is partial list of workers employed during the construction of the 1850 Trans-Newfoundland electric telegraph line from St. Johnís to Cape Ray, under the supervisory direction of Chief Engineer Frederick Newton Gisbourne, and principal funding from the Newfoundland and London Telegraph Company. This phase of the construction consisted primarily in laying the telegraph line or cable, erecting connecting poles, clearing, maintaining and/or repairing the line of road or path, and erecting repeater stations at each section junction. Primary emphasis of the employee lists included herein will be limited in focus to sections 1-2 of telegraph line construction from St. Johnís to Long Harbour River, the details of each section are outlined as follows:

i.) Section 1, from St. Johnís to Piperís Hole, covering a distance of app. 122 Ĺ miles (Gisbourne 1850:12), with a total of 27 men employed (Gisbourne 1850:181);

ii.) Section 2, from Piperís Hole to Long Harbour River, covering a distance of 34 miles (Gisbourne 1850:12), with a total of 28 men employed (Gisbourne 1850:183)

181                        

South Line

Section A

Melville Jack Superintendent

Name Occupation Wages
1. M. Jack Superintendent 7/6
2. Wm Mulloney Skipper 5/
3. Mic. Brennan Carpenter "
4. Thos. Phanlon " "
5. Pat. Buckley Solderer 4/.
6. John Furlong Sr. Cook 5/.
7. John Furlong Jr. Asst. Cook 2/8
8. Thos. Mills Labourer 4/.
9. John Walsh " "
10. Thos. Brine " "
11. John Walsh " "
12. Abram Adams " "
13. Ricd Frizzle? " "
14. Simon Clarke " "
15. Dan Clarke " "


181
16. Jas. Clarke

17. Mic. Doyle

18. Thos. Murphy

19. John Landrigan

20. Richard Frachen?

21.

22.

23.



182
24.

25.

26.

27.

Southern Line

Section 2 Station A

Michael Allen Superintendent

28 men

183                        

Name Occupation Wages
1. Mar. Allen Superintendent 12/6
2. Phil Jackman Skipper 6/3
3. Thos. Melville Carpenter 5/.
4. Dennis Murphy " "
5. Jas. Mennions? Solderer 4/.
6. Michl Whelan Cook 5/.
7. William Whelan Assist. Cook 2/16
8. John Riely Labourer 4/.
9. Dennis Merner? " "
10. James Dooling " "
11. Pat. Cummins " "
12. John Donald " "
13. Michl Toop " "
14. Thos. Cogan? " "
15. Thos. Barron " "
16. Wm Terry " "
17. Richd Brophy " "


183
18. Pat. Hurley " "
19. Jas. McMann " "
20. Jas. White " "
21. Thos. Forristal " "
22. Mic. Dillon " "
23. Anr Dinn " "
24. Ed. Knox " "






25. John Murphy Lab.
4/.
26. Jas. Cannes " "
27. Martin Cullins " "


Name Occupation Wages
1. Mr. Allen Superintendent *
2. John Whiteway Skipper 6/3
3. Jas. Furlong Carpenter 5/.
4. Mic. Wall " "
5. Ed. Milligan Solderer 4/.
6. Martin Langden Cook 5/.
7. Thos. Venahly Asst Cook 2/16.
8. James Walsh Labourer 4/.
9. Jas. Canaly? " "
10. Pat. Walsh " "
11. John Whiteway " "
12. Richd Whiteway " "
13. Pat. FitzGibbon Sr. " "
14. John Purcell " "
15. Pat. FitzGibbon Jr. " "
16. Thos. Hunt " "
17. Jas. Barron " "
18. John Riely " "
19. Lawr Power " "
20. John Polk? 1 " "
21. Mr. Toop " "
22. Andr Murphy " "
23. Jas, Shram? " "
24. Jas. Handlan

25. John Couddihee? Labourer 4/.
26. Pat. Everrett " "
27. Jas. FitzGibbons " "
28. Pat. Casey " "



14. Pat. Hurley " "


189




John Walsh Superintendent

1. John Walsh Superintendent
2. Pat. Walsh Skipper
3. Pat. Dunphy "
4. Peter Kehoe Carpenter
5. John McGrath " "
6. Jas Neil " "
7. Francis Mullowney " "
8. Thos. Traverse Cook
9. Mic. Power " "
10. John Buckley Black S. & Sr
11. John Armstrong Labourer
12. Pat. Fitzgerald E. Carpenter
13. Thos. Hickey Labourer 4/.
14. John Toole " "
15. Jas. Barrett " "
16. Jas. Macnamara " "
17. John Cant? " "
18. Wm Bennett " "
19. John Walsh (1) " "
20. John Walsh (2) " "
21. Wm Boyle " "
22. John English " "
23. John Walsh (3) " "
24. John Macdonald " "


190
25. Chrisr Kelly Labourer "
26. Pat. Kavanagh " "
27. Mat. Brine " "
28. John Gready " "
29. Mic. Sullivan " "
30. Ed. Aid " "
31. Geo. Noseworthy " "
32. John Noseworthy " "
33. John Nowland " "
34. Mic. Hearn " "
35. E. Power " "
36. Mat. Power } Blk. Rvr2 " "
37. John Power " "
38. Dy. Cullen " "
39. Mic. Murphy " "
40. Wm. Carroll " "



2. ___

18. John Savage " "
12. John Moran " "
29. Geo. Roberts " "
30. Walr Keating " "
40. Mic. Keating " "
P John Walsh Boy 4/0


191

Section 2 Station B

1. John Dunn Superintendent 7/6
2. Jas. Long Skipper 07 __
3. Martin Keough " 4/6.
4. Wm Allen Carpenter 5/.
5. Geo. Allen " "
6. Mic. Mackey " "
7. John Smith " "

Labourer 4/.
9. Tim Sleeson? Cook 5/.
10. Jas. Sullivan " "
11. Robt Mercer Solderer 4/.
13. Alphons Squiers " "
14. L. Murphy " "
15. Pat. Redman " "
16. Wm. Bayley " "
17. Robt. Walsh (1) " "
18. Robt. Walsh (2) " "
19. Ric. Sheehan " "
20. Jas. Heffernan " "
21. Thos. Callenan? " "
22. John Brine " "
23. Mic. Roach " "
24. Pat. Dennis " "


192
25. Thos. MurphyLabourer 4/.
26. Mic. Dennis " "
27. Geo. Allen " "
28. Gregory Griffen " "
29. John Masey " "
30. John Murphy " "
31. W. McCarthy " "
32. Jas. Conan " "
33. Jas. Ryan " "
34. Thos. Cloony " "
35. Ric. Gain " "
36. Pat. Hennessy " "
37. John Keough " "
38. Jas. Brine " "
39. L. Longrans? " "
40. Geo. Smith " "
2. __

8. Ed. Allen " "
9. Pat. Brown3 " "
12. E. Hynes " "
Source:
Record of Frederic Gisbourne
March 1st 1850
Chief Eng.r
Newfoundland & London Telegraph Company
PANL-The Rooms
Frederic Gosbourne Manuscript Collection
MG 849
Reel 62
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