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The Lockeport settlement was located approximately 5 kms west of the present town site,
at East Green Harbour (just off the lower left of the map).

The home of Lewis C. Huskilson

After the death of his wife Gu­laug, Erlender H÷skuldsson lived here with his son Lewis.
The Memorial Cairn is located on the property.

"The land to which my work is dedicated is where my children's cradle stands."

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The Last Two of the houses built by the Icelandic Settlers in Nova Scotia.
Erlender, who was a carpenter and a brick layer, built his own house in East Green Harbour.
These two are the same style as his was, and it is believed he built them too.


The Ryan House

 


The Decker House

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Lockeport Icelandic Celebrations

From August 27th to August 30, 2000, special Icelandic celebrations were held in the Town of Lockeport to remember the 9 Icelandic families (45 souls) who lived there from 1875 to 1882. One family, Erlendur H÷skuldsson (Huskilson) and Gu­laug Stefßnsdˇttir and their three children, Ůorrun (Mrs. John Ryan), Sigri­ur Nikolina (Lena, Mrs. J. Marshall Burgess) and Lewis Churchill remained.

The Islendingur sailed into Lockeport Harbour at 11 a.m. on August 27th. Captain Gunnar Eggertsson and his crew of 8 sailed from Halifax to Lockeport on August 26th. On this trip were Sarah Huskilson, Mayor of Lockeport, and Peter Bjornson, Councilor from the Town of Gimli, Manitoba.

A crowd of people, ranging from 300 to 400, greeted the ship and the crew.

At 2 p.m. a memorial cairn erected by the Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia and the Republic of Iceland was unveiled on property owned by Harold Huskilson. Erlendur H÷skuldsson lived there from 1919 until his death in 1931.

Mayor Sarah Huskilson presented the opening speech. She gave a short history of the Icelandic settlement in Lockeport. She also noted how the local people went out of their way to help the new immigrants. The Locke family, the founding fathers of Lockeport, were especially kind and many of the pioneer settlers named their children after these families (eg. Jane Locke Nordal, Lewis Churchill Huskilson).

An article entitled "The Lockeport Icelandic Settlement" which I wrote was published in the Icelandic Canadian Magazine (Vol. 55, #3-2000) on this particular settlement.


Mayor Sarah Huskilson

Speeches were given by Senator Wilfred Moore and Gerald Keddy, MP South Shore, on behalf of the Government of Canada. A message was read from the Honourable Herb Grey, Minister Responsible for the Millennium Bureau of Canada. The local MLA, Cecil O'Donnell, and the Honourable Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture, represented the Province of Nova Scotia.

Attending the ceremony were representatives from the Republic of Iceland. The Honourable Sturla Bo­varsson, Minister of Transportation, Communications and Tourism, was the special guest of honour. He was accompanied by Jakob Falur Gar­arsson (Special Assistant to the Minister); Helga Haraldsdˇttir (Tourism Counselor); Ragnhildur Hjaltadˇttir (Department Manager, Transportation) and Magn˙s Oddsson (Director of Tourism); Svavar Gestsson (Consul General of Iceland in Canada); and his wife, Gu­r˙n ┴g˙stsdˇttir. Hans Indridason and his wife, Erla, from Icelandair, were present.

A delegation from Gimli, Manitoba, led by Mayor William Barlow, joined in the ceremonies. Accompanying him from Gimli were Rick Lair, Darcy Bedard, Kristine Sigurdson, Peter Bjornson, and D. Joe Sigmundson. Dilla Narfason and her 3 sisters, Alda MacKenzie, Emma Wilkinson and Gerdur Harris, were also in attendance.

Descendants of 4 of the 9 families who lived in the Icelandic settlement at East Green Harbour, about 2 miles from present day Town of Lockeport, were present and made speeches. Harold Huskilson (son of Lewis and Sarah Huskilson) and Eleanor Rogers (daughter of J. Marshall Burgess and my amma, Sigri­ur Nikolina Erlendsdˇttir) spoke for the H÷skuldsson Family. Johann Claude and Dick Thorsteinsson, from Gimli, spoke on behalf of the Jon Eirikson Family. Lorne and Leslie Sigvaldason sent a message from the Nordal Family. It was in Lockeport that this family (Sigur­ur Gu­mundsson) took the surname of "Nordal" from North River Valley in Iceland. Joyce Grimson sent a message from Elfros, Saskatchewan, from the descendants of the Sigfus Bjarnason Family.

The memorial cairn was then unveiled. The bottom tablet of the cairn is Atlantic Mist Granite found in Nova Scotia. The top tablet of the cairn is a light grey stone (grasteinn eftir samkomulogi) from Iceland. The following verse is inscribed on the cairn in English, French and Icelandic: "The land to which my work is dedicated is where my children's cradle stands."

A historical sign, dedicated in memory of Lewis Malcolm Huskilson (1911-August 10, 2000), was also unveiled. This sign will be placed in East Green Harbour where the Icelandic homes were located. The cairn and sign were blessed by Reverend John Hammond.

A public reception, with entertainment, was held at Seacap Memorial Park. A special treat was vinarterta flown in from Gimli.

A dinner, with special appetizers from Lockeport Golden Smokehouse, was served at 6 pm at Lockeport Regional High School. The Saga of Gu­ridur was played before an audience of 250 people. Mr. Svavar Gestsson introduced the play writer, Brynja Benediksdˇttir, and the actress, Tristan Gribbin.

The Islendingur remained in Lockeport until August 30th. The public were invited to board the ship in the afternoons.

Other events were held during the first Lockeport Viking Festival while the ship was in port. Fireworks ended the Festival on August 29th. The Islendingur will now head to New York City for celebrations there on October 5, 2000.

The first Lockeport Viking Festival was indeed an outstanding success. Thanks to Krista Peterson, Event Co-ordinator, and Jennifer MacIntosh and the many other volunteers involved.

The Society wishes to acknowledge and thank the many companies and individuals who helped sponsor this event, including the Millennium Bureau of Canada, the Republic of Iceland, Icelandair, Eimskip Canada Inc., and the Town of Lockeport.

J. Marshall Burgess, Q.C.

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