Privy Council Documents:

In 1907 the then-separate countries of Canada and Newfoundland agreed that the dispute over the location of their common boundary in the Labrador Peninsula should be sent to arbitration. The highest court of appeal in the British Empire was the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, which agreed to hear the case. The hearing did not take place until 1926. Each side submitted arguments and counter-arguments, and thousands of documents. The decision was announced on 1 March, 1927.

The result of the case had important ramifications for both Canada and Newfoundland, and the 12 volumes of documents submitted to the court form a valuable historical resource used by students of Labrador history.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site has undertaken to place all 12 volumes on its web site in as close a layout to the original printed version as is reasonably possible by using HTML 4. Visitors to the Labrador Boundary Dispute section of the web site are therefore encouraged to use HTML 4 compatible web browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 or Netscape 6.

Labrador Boundary Dispute, Vol I, p. ii
Sample of how a page will look when using a correct browser.
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The Heritage Web Site is placing the collection on the web one volume at a time, beginning with volume I. Visitors can navigate through the site by clicking on any hot-linked volume shown in the left side bar and then choosing the Table of Contents that appears immediately below it. Each title in the Table of Contents is hot-linked to the document identified and single clicking it calls it to the screen.

Up to five printed pages are included in one web page, yet with some documents over 60 pages in length, visitors will need to be able to move from one web page to the next within any single document. To achieve this we have placed at the top and bottom of each web page a bar containing hot-linked numbers. Each number corresponds to a web page of the document.

Number bar that appears at top and bottom of many document pages.

Visitors can use the Heritage Web Site's own search engine to search a subject. Links to it are located in the top and bottom banners of each page.

Alternatively, they can use one of the major search engines such as To help narrow the results of a search we have placed at the bottom of each page the term "1927lab" (without the quotes). For example, to search for the term furs, use "furs 1927lab" (without the quotes) in the search engine. This should limit the results to the Labrador Boundary Dispute documents.

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