Grenfell Mission, St. Anthony, Newfoundland--- pre 1921
St. Anthony is the largest community, approximately 3100 people, on the scenic Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. It was first visited by French and Basque Fishermen in the 16th century. In 1534 explorer Jacques Cartier named this seaport town. It is the headquarters of the Grenfell Mission (title of this painting) which was established by Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, a British doctor, who came to Newfoundland to improve the life of the people.
He was devoted to providing medical care to people who lived on the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland. He built hospitals, nursing stations, children’s orphanages and schools. In 1901 he built the first hospital in St. Anthony. Today, St. Anthony is a progressive town with a rich history and culture and is the site of the Grenfell Historic Properties. Whales and icebergs are common visitors to the area.