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St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Sir Robert Gillespie Reid

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
1. Sir Robert Gillespie Reid Marker
Inscription.
This plaque is dedicated to the memory of

Sir Robert Gillespie Reid
(1842-1908)

Sir Robert Gillespie Reid was a bridge builder and railway contractor of international fame. Many of the structures that he engineered throughout the United States and Canada stand today as monuments to his skill and unswerving determination. Reid brought his business ventures to Newfoundland in 1889 and as president of Reid Newfoundland Company he built the railway from Whitebourne to Port aux Basques. The Reid Newfoundland Company owned and operated the railway for 33 years and also ran the coastal boat and telegraph services on the island. A native of Scotland, Sir Robert Gillespie Reid was born at Coupar-Angus, Perthshire in 1842. This most distinguished gentleman made a tremendous contribution to the railway and the province as a whole.

 
Location. 47° 33.269′ N, 52° 42.822′ W. Marker is in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). Marker is on Water Street just from Job Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Water Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1E, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Newfoundland Railway Headquarters
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2014
2. Sir Robert Gillespie Reid Marker
This marker is halfway between the entrance and the right end of the building.
(a few steps from this marker); Herbert J. Russell, C.B.E. (a few steps from this marker); Thompson Building (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); O’Dwyer Block (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); St. John’s Court House (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Monument) (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); William Carson (approx. 1.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in St. John's.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Gillespie Reid - Heritage Newfoundland. Then in 1895, with the Newfoundland government facing bankruptcy in the aftermath of the Bank Crash, and the contractor fearing that the bonds with which he was being paid might become worthless, Reid encouraged the government to seek Confederation with Canada. Reid further used his fortune and influence to secure assistance for the colony in this crisis, and helped to bring his own bankers, the Bank of Montreal, to Newfoundland. (Submitted on November 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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3. Sir Robert Gillespie Reid
 

2. The Reid Newfoundland Company (1898-1920) - Heritage Newfoundland. In 1911 P.T. McGrath wrote of the Reid Newfoundland Company that it was "the biggest paymaster in the Island, bigger even than the government." Upon completion of the main line in 1898, the history of the railway in Newfoundland entered a quarter century that was arguably its period of highest drama and highest stakes, the era of the Reid Newfoundland Company. (Submitted on November 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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