Welcome to historic-wabana.com. This website celebrates the heritage and culture of Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada, with particular emphasis on the Wabana iron-ore mining operation. Hover your cursor along the menu at the top to see drop-down menus. There you will find topics such as the various types of Company Housing; short biographies of People who have contributed to the life of Bell Island; a Photo Gallery of collections of photographs; photos and descriptions of Monuments & Murals; and a variety of stories, histories, timelines and poems in the Extras page. You can also read full issues of the Submarine Miner, the monthly magazine published by DOSCO between 1954 and 1959. The site will be undergoing construction on an ongoing basis, with pictures and descriptions being added and edited continuously.
The site was launched in June 2016 and began with a concentration on Company housing. The book Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation was published by Cape Breton University Press that year. I had written Chapter 3 of that book (see the description below), and the housing section of this website is intended to complement that chapter. Gail Hussey-Weir
Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation is now available from Cape Breton University Press and Amazon.ca. The Kindle edition is available for download from Amazon.ca.
Chapter 3, "Company Housing at Wabana Iron-Ore Mines, Bell Island, Newfoundland," is a history of the housing built by the Scotia and Dominion companies for their staff and miners, and the streets and neighbourhoods where they were built. It also tells the stories of some of the people who lived in those houses. The top photo on the book's cover is of two Dominion houses that were located at Dominion No. 1, Bell Island.