Cassie Eileen Brown (1919-1986)

24. Turn right on Duckworth Street and proceed to #357, offices of the former St. John's newspaper, The Daily News.

Cassie Brown, writer, editor, journalist and publisher, was born in Rose Blanche, on the south coast of Newfoundland, but moved to St. John's with her family in the 1930s. She began writing as a teenager and later worked as a freelance writer of scripts and educational broadcasts for CBC. She won five Newfoundland Arts and Letters Awards for her short stories and dramas.

Cassie Eileen Brown
Cassie Eileen Brown
Journalist, author, publisher and editor.
Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections (Collection 115), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.

From 1959 to 1966, she was a reporter for The Daily News. During this time, she also published and edited the magazine Newfoundland Women (1961- 1964).

Former Offices of the 'Daily News'
Former Offices of The Daily News
357 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NL
Photo by Linda Cullum. © 2023.

Cassie retired from The Daily News to work on her book Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster (1972), a gripping account of the 1914 sealing disaster and a work that established her as an author. Her other works include: A Winter's Tale: The Wreck of the Florizel (1976) and Standing into Danger (1979) and after her death, The Caribou Disaster and Other Short Stories (1996). All examine maritime disasters in Newfoundland waters.

As a business owner, after 1965, she was President of Karwood Limited, a real estate development firm. Her mother Caroline had founded a tourist resort, called Karwood, after her husband died. It was 30 acres of trees, flowers and tourist cabins, situated on the outskirts of St. John's.

Cassie had many interests including the Newfoundland Drama Society where she was installed as an honorary life member.

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