14th General Assembly of Newfoundland

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14th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Colonial Building seat of the Newfoundland government and the House of Assembly from January 28, 1850, to July 28, 1959.
Preceded by13th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Succeeded by15th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Last election
Newfoundland general election, 1882

The members of the 14th General Assembly of Newfoundland were elected in the Newfoundland general election held in November 1882. The general assembly sat from 1883 to 1885.

A coalition of the Conservative and Liberal parties led by William Whiteway formed the government.[1]

Robert Kent was chosen as speaker.[2]

Sir John Hawley Glover served as colonial governor of Newfoundland.[3]

Whiteway's government supported the construction of a railway to promote economic growth in the colony.[4] The Newfoundland Railway Company laid 92 kilometres (57 miles) of track before going into receivership in 1884.[5]

On Boxing Day 1883, members of the Orange Order marched through a Roman Catholic section of the town of Harbour Grace. In the resulting confrontation, known as the Harbour Grace Affray, three Orangemen and one Catholic were killed. A subsequent trial of those accused of killing the Orangemen failed to convict anyone because of the lack of witnesses willing to testify. This led to the breakup of Whiteway's coalition and he subsequently resigned as Premier.[4]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1882:[6]

Member Electoral district Affiliation
Levi Garland Bay de Verde Independent
Walter B. Grieve Bonavista Bay New Party
George Skelton Coalition
Francis Winton Coalition
Alexander M. Mackay Burgeo-La Poile Coalition
James S. Winter Burin Coalition
John E. Peters New Party
Alfred Penney Carbonear Coalition
Daniel J. Greene Ferryland New Party
Augustus F. Goodridge New Party
James O. Fraser Fortune Bay Coalition
Ambrose Shea Harbour Grace Coalition
Charles Dawe Coalition
Joseph I. Little Harbour Main Coalition
Richard MacDonnell Coalition
William J. S. Donnelly Placentia and St. Mary's Coalition
Albert Bradshaw New Party
Michael Tobin Coalition
John Bartlett Port de Grave Independent
Michael H. Carty St. George's[nb 1] Coalition
Robert J. Kent St. John's East Coalition
John Joseph Dearin Coalition
Robert John Parsons, Jr. Coalition
Patrick J. Scott St. John's West Coalition
Philip D. White Coalition
James J. Callanan Coalition
William Whiteway Trinity Bay Coalition
Robert Bond Coalition
Joseph Boyd Coalition
Smith McKay Twillingate and Fogo Coalition
Richard Rice Coalition
Jabez Thompson Coalition
John H. Boone White Bay[nb 1] Coalition


  1. ^ a b Election held October 21, 1882


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
Bonavista Bay James L. Noonan New Party 1883[nb 1] W Grieve election overturned - employed by government[6]


  1. ^ Declared elected


  1. ^ Hiller, J.K. (1994). "Whiteway, Sir William Vallance". In Cook, Ramsay; Hamelin, Jean. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XIII (1901–1910) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ "The Speaker of the House of Assembly". House of Assembly.
  3. ^ "Glover, Sir John Hawley". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University.
  4. ^ a b Cadigan, Sean (2009). Newfoundland and Labrador: A History. pp. 17–19. ISBN 1442690593.
  5. ^ "Railway Narrative". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University.
  6. ^ a b "Elections". Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. pp. 693–94.