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Newman’s Flagpole Rock Municipal Heritage Site

Harbour Breton, Terre-Neuve et Labrador, A0H, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2009/08/19

View of Newman’s Flagpole Rock, Harbour Breton, NL. Photo taken 2009. ; Doug Wells 2009
Newman’s Flagpole Rock, Harbour Breton, NL
View of Newman’s Flagpole Rock, Harbour Breton, NL showing a ringbolt in the rock. Photo taken 2009. ; Doug Wells 2009
Newman’s Flagpole Rock, Harbour Breton, NL
Newman and Company plantation, Harbour Breton, NL circa 1892 showing the flag on Newman’s Flagpole Rock. ; Elliott Premises (Newman and Co. Photo Album) 2009
Newman’s Flagpole Rock, Harbour Breton, NL

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Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2009/09/18

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Located at 9 Newman’s Lookout, Harbour Breton, NL, is a rock outcrop known as Newman’s Flagpole Rock. This rock was the location of Newman and Company’s flagstaff from circa 1790 to circa 1907. The designation is confined to that piece of land known locally as Newman’s Flagpole Rock and a five metre buffer zone extending out from the base of the rock in all directions.

Valeur patrimoniale

Newman’s Flagpole Rock has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Harbour Breton because of its historic and cultural values.

Newman’s Flagpole Rock has historic value due to its association with Newman and Company, one of the largest English West Country merchant firms to operate in Newfoundland during the nineteenth century. Newman and Company did business with fishermen along the south coast, especially those in Fortune Bay. The firm operated its import and export business in Harbour Breton for over 100 years (circa 1790-1907). Newman’s Flagpole Rock was the location of Newman and Company’s flagstaff for its operation in Harbour Breton and was located in front of the Big House, as the manager’s house was referred to, and overlooked the entire Newman and Company plantation and the entrance to the harbour. The flagstaff was approximately 9 metres high and was anchored to the rock by six stays. The stays were connected to six small iron ringbolts in the rock, which are still there today.

Circa 1892, Miss Elizabeth Holman, daughter of a Newman and Company plantation manager, reported that the Company would fly the Union Jack flag from this site when British navy ships entered the harbour. The Newman and Company blue and white checkered house flag was also flown from the flagstaff whenever a Newman and Company merchant vessel arrived in Harbour Breton. The practice was the same when vessels departed the harbour.

Newman’s Flagpole Rock has cultural value as it was an old courtship site. It was a popular rendezvous site for some of the young girls who were part of the domestic staff at the Big House and was witness to the initiation of some romantic relationships in the community.

Source: Town of Harbour Breton Regular Council Meeting Motion #09-059 August 19, 2009.

Éléments caractéristiques

All those elements which represent the historical and cultural values of Newman’s Flagpole Rock, including:
-association with Newman and Company;
-iron ringbolts in rock;
-unobstructed view of Newman’s Flagpole Rock from Newman’s Lookout, and;
-location, orientation and dimensions of the rock.



Terre-Neuve et Labrador

Autorité de reconnaissance

Municipalités de TNL

Loi habilitante

Municipalities Act

Type de reconnaissance

Terre, structure ou édifice patrimonial municipal

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1790/01/01 à 1907/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Élément naturel


Approvisionnements en vivres
Site de pêcheries

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
1 Springdale Street
St. John's, NL A1C 5V5

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