Entry in The Encyclopedia of Newfoundland
Fishing and farming were the early economic mainstays of Chamberlains and it was also, like Topsail and Manuels, much frequented by people from St. Johnís as a summer resort.† By the 1850ís Chamberlains was connected by road to St. Johnís, which provided a close market for produce.† Other employment included, mining at Bell Island qv and some sawmilling.† After 1945 the majority of the labour force commuted to St. Johnís, where many residents had found defense-related jobs during WWII.† Some farming and service-industry jobs in the Chamberlains area provided other employment.† Churches and schools were also attended in the Topsail-Manuels area.
Elaine Hyde (1973)
E.R. Seary (1971)
Lovellís Newfoundland Directory (1871)
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