1946-58

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Life in Gander

With the war being over families began to arrive in Gander as jobs were plentiful. Housing was provided for by the then, Department of Transport who ran the airport. Military barracks were converted into apartments. Most of the building were provided heat from four coal burning heating plants that provided steam, pumped through over head pipes into a large percentage of buildings. Other military buildings became schools, churches, and commercial establishments.

People come from all parts of Newfoundland but also war veterans with their war brides, as well as families from other countries to work for their national airlines which had now begun to set up offices at the airport.

The airport had suddenly became a cosmopolitan town, that looked like a military base, built cheek by jowl with the airport's runways. For those who lived and grew up there, aviation became a part of their life's blood. We will attempt to portray this era though words and pictures.

Ed Pittman & His Historical House
Edgar Baird's contribution to Gander
Let’s go to the Movies!
Eaton's - Best sales per square foot
Dr. James Paton
The 'Ole' Hospital
A day in the life of a typical Ganderite (1949)
Nurse Rose Sheppard Recalls
Gerald Smith recalls
Education at Gander – George LeGrow
War Bride Recalls Early Gander
Gander's Old Street Names
Deadman's Pond Cabin
The Solidaires
Isolation
The Drill Hall on Foss Avenue
Senior Hockey
Murder at the Airport
Gander's First Pharmacy
VORG - Gander's First Radio Station


 

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