Judge Prowse Descendants

Prowse Recognition-Luncheon

Canon Richards Tea Room- Saturday April 30th, 2022

The Prowse association with Port de Grave NL began when Robert Prowse and his family left Torquay Devon in England in 1798 and came to St. John’s as a boy aged 10.  He became the youngest clerk with the firm of John Hill and Company who at the time had a fishing branch operation at Port de Grave.  The Company at the time was not doing well at port de Grave so Robert Prowse was sent there to wind up (close) the business.  Robert Prowse did just that but afterward he took over the operation himself first with another firm but them entirely on his own.

He built a family home in the center of the harbour at Port de Grave in 1824 on the property of one Mary Butler (Butler being a very common name at that time in Port de Grave (Gerald Andrews Book “Heritage of a NL Outport” ).  Robert married and the family eventually consisted of three sons and three daughters, one of the sons Daniel W Prowse went on to be known as the very famous Judge Prowse, lawyer, politician, historian, essayist, and office holder.  This very famous individual was indeed born at Port de Grave and lived on the property knows as the Marsh, most recognisable by locals as prowse marsh or mash.

Over the years, much has been written about the Prowse family and their association to Port de Grave.  Members of the family has retained that close association to the place where their ancestors settled and subsequently adopted Port de Grave as their town and all of them are very proud of their roots.

On Saturday, April 30th, 2020, the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society hosted a luncheon for members of the Prowse family, Thomas, Daniel, Rebecca, Viola and Rachel.  Some 30 people were in attendance, including Directors of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society.  A wonderful lunch was served which included seafood chowder.

Iris petten, President of the Society welcomed the Prowse family and various individuals spoke at the event which included Mona Petten a founding Member of the Heritage Society and she spoke of her long association with members of the Prowse family, as did Edwin Hussey and his many hockey games played on Prowse Marsh.  Both Thomas and Daniel great, great grandsons of Daniel W Prowse also spoke and expressed their pride at being in the place where their acestors first settled to do business in the new world.

Later the family was given a tour of the Peninsula including the area of Prowse Marsh, Green Point, Hibbs Cove and the Harbour Authority Building.

Yet again, the Heritage Society has demonstrated the importance of inclusion for all, especially for those who claim such an attachment to this area of our great province.  Communication with the Prowse family members has continued over the years and in fact the links have grown as more younger family members take up the torch.

As always the Heritage Society lives upon its slogan “ that to know your past determines aspects of your future”.  Together we have created a lasting legacy which shall continue for generations to come.

Judge Prowse was greeted at the court with the following:

Good morning to your worship

Good morning Judge Prowse

Gerald and Rose Andrews presented Gerald’s book
Heritage of A NL Outport : The Story of Port-de Grave, to the family
Iris presented Thomas with his PDG Peninsula Heritage Society Membership Card
Directors and the Prowse Family


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We are very excited to share with you our plans for our Come Home Year 2022 celebrations August 3rd to August 7th, 2022. Despite what’s happening in our world today we all need something to look forward to! Whether you are coming from away, or you are neighbours from surrounding communities or you live right here on the Peninsula, we invite you to share in all the activities that are being planned.

Our Committee is working hard to bring you five days of fun, friendship and food! The exact schedule will be posted when everything has been certified, but we are going to have fun and so looking forward to it!

We are also in need of volunteers to help us and to help out during those five days!

Please share with your family and friends! If you have any questions please contact me at comehomeyearpdgphs@gmail.com.


Membership Drive 2022

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society is looking for new members!

Why not join our society? Become a member and enjoy the benefits and if you are interested we would love for you to join the PDGPHS Board.

Contact Joyce at 709-680-1231 or email joyce@pdgphs.com and she will gladly send you a membership package.

Grace Tilley Obituary 1935-2022

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society was saddened to hear of the passing of one of its members. Grace Tilley passed away at the age of 87. Grace was long time member and supported the Society any way she could. By coming to Canon Richard`s Tearoom for weekend meals, any fundraising she always did her part.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time. We are very thankful to the family for acknowledging the Society in a way to remember Grace. Please note that any monies received in memory of Grace will be issued a Charitable Tax Receipt.

Please see attached: https://noelsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/2825/Grace-Tilley/obituary.html?fbclid=IwAR1nupSpDD5sBRJsXtmipkLc3E8pJHGTyKqnuiQc2XG2dlb3nYR6fpfI9tc

Christmas on the Peninsula 2021

A message from the Chairperson of the PDG Boat Lighting Committee on behalf of all our groups, the PDG Peninsula Heritage Society and the PDG Recreation Committee:

January 7, 2021

Christmas on the Port de Grave Peninsula 2021 has now come to an end, ending our 23rd Annual Boat Lighting. It’s a beautiful day here in Port de Grave the Christmas in the Harbour sign welcoming people to the Boat Lighting and the Merry Christmas on the Harbour Authority is now turned off and will be put away until the 24th Boat Lighting which will be held on Dec. 9, 2022. Boat owners and crews are dismantling the lights from their boats, street lights are being turned on around the harbour.

Despite the wind and rain playing havoc with the lights throughout the Peninsula, it was another great event and we want to thank all those who participated in anyway.

Special thanks going out to the following:

Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society for once again lighting up the Crabpot Christmas Tree and an extra having the Canon Richards Tearoom open. Many people visited the Tearoom and enjoyed a wonderful meal.

Port de Grave Recreation Committee for the Memorial Christmas Tree in the playground and hosting the 47th Annual Santa Claus Parade, plus adding some anchors around the Peninsula and kiddie activities.

Port de Grave Harbour Authority for your continued support, especially to Hr. Master Darren Kennedy and Silas Badcock, for decorating the Harbour. A very special thank you to the Hr. Authority for providing washroom facilities, it was greatly appreciated. (new pump system was installed).

To all our residents who continue to decorate their homes and properties throughout the Peninsula. From candy canes, crabpot Christmas tree, lobster pot Christmas tree, a lobster pot boat and all the beautiful lights and decorations. Visitors had the chance to view beautiful displays all the way throughout the Peninsula.

Pentecostal Tabernacle – Pastors Darryl, Shelley Lidstone and Pastor Jason and all those who participated in the live Nativity scene, it was a wonderful addition to Christmas on the Peninsula.

St. Luke’s – for the life size Nativity scene displayed in front of the church, thanks to Madeline Powell who donated it in memory of Bill. Another wonderful addition.

Bay de Grave Fire Dept. for doing traffic control for the ceremony, a great job!

To our sponsors: Powell’s Supermarket/Nan’s Kitchen, A & W, MacDonalds, Bartlett’s Irving, Amy’s Place.

Tim Hortons and Robins for their contribution during the ceremony.

Special thanks to NTV, CBC, The Current, – CBC, Rick Mercer, The Navigator, The Downhome Magazine and others who shared our event across the province, the country and the world.

Thankfully, we were able to hold an in-person Boat Lighting ceremony, and we want to thank everyone who participated in any way, singers, music, guest speakers, thank you!

A new addition this year was the Outdoor Christmas Market, which turned out to be a major event! Thank you to all who participated, the Vendors, and special thanks to all those who supported local!

This year we extended our RED ZONE and we want to thank everyone for following our parking rules, traffic flowed smoothly and there were no hang ups. Not only did it benefit our visitors but our residents! THANK YOU!!!!On behalf of all of us on the Port de Grave Peninsula we want thank everyone who helped make this possible and so successful year after year!

To all those who captured the event through photos, videos, drone footage thank you for coming and sharing.

Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year! We look forward to seeing you back again next year! To those of you who missed it, please enjoy all the beautiful photos that have been shared! Photos may be viewed at https://www.joycesphotos.ca/p814032084

Sorry for the long post but there is a lot to be said!