1892 Post Office list of Island communities
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These pages reproduce a Post Office Directory - Newfoundland taken from a handbook/almanac of Newfoundland discovered in the collection of Gerald Penney, Rare Books and Maps of Newfoundland. The handbook is missing its covers and title pages. There were a number of regional or district post offices (post towns) to which mail was distributed on a regular basis for furtherance to the nearly 1500 communities in this directory. Some places had an alternate regional center for winter deliveries.
Another section of the 1892 handbook provides a list of 214 Post Offices in Newfoundland, the "post towns" of the directory. These are shown in a shaded cells of the directory lists. Some post offices do not appear in the postal directory list.
Some communities names are variations with "newer" names in brackets following the 1892 name. Note the American spelling of Harbour; the, now, mis-spelling of other towns, like Harbor Briton; and some peculiar abbreviations as in C'e for Cove. Examples of repeated names are Cinq Isles Bay and Five Islands Bay in Belle Bay and Amherst Cove which appears again as Lower Amherst Cove and Upper Amherst Cove.
Most of the abandoned communities in the gazetteer appear in this post office directory, the exceptions being communities settled after 1885. Those common to both lists are marked with an *. Those in common with the 1955 post office list of 90 communities without a separate entry in ENL are marked **. Only one is common to all three lists; Holloway's Passage, Placentia Bay.