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The Colonial Building: "If These Walls Could Talk"
Construction and Interior

Noteworthy Events

Debates and Demonstrations

Landmark Moments

Post-Confederation Era

Post-Confederation Era

The Colonial Building continued as the seat of the Provincial Legislature until the construction of the Confederation Building was complete and the Government moved into its new home. The House of Assembly officially bid farewell to the Colonial Building on Tuesday, July 28th, 1959.

The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador would be the beneficiary of the historic space vacated by the Provincial Legislature. On June 22, 1960, the "Newfoundland Archives", previously housed at Memorial University and established with funds from the Carnegie Foundation, were turned over to the Provincial Government.

The Provincial Archives is still the proud occupier of the Colonial Building; along with co-operative organizations such as the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA), the Newfoundland Historical Society, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Archives.

The mandate of the Provincial Archives is to collect, preserve and make available all records from the government and private sources which have any bearing on the history of the province.

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