William Epps Cormack

HSMBC Plaque Location:

Milton, Newfoundland



William Cormack Info

Box 5442

Clarenville, NL A5A 3A2

Tel: 709- 466-1357



Date Designated:   1953


Plaque Status:  Plaqued in 1959


Reason for Designation:


First recorded overland crossing of Newfoundland (1822)

Other Info:


GPS coordinates: 48 degrees 12'26.89" N, 53 degrees 57'17.97" W




 Plaque Text



Having set out 5th September, 1822, from Trinity Bay with the object of crossing the unmapped interior of Newfoundland on foot, William Epps Cormack, accompanied by Joseph Sylvester, a Micmac Indian, reached the shore of Bay St. George in this locality on 2nd November. The exploration yielded valuable data on the flora, fauna and geology of the interior which were published in the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, 1823-24.

Born in St. John's, Nfld.

Died in New Westminster, B.C.


Le 5 septembre 1822, William Epps Cormack partit à pied de cette localité, avec Joseph Sylvestre, Indien Micmac, afin d'explorer l'intérieur de Terre- Neuve et, cinquante-huit jours plus tard, il arriva à la baie St. George après avoir subi de grandes épreuves. Les renseignements qu'il a recueillis sur la faune, la flore et la géologie ont été publiés dans l'Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, en 1823- 1824.

Né à St.-Jean (T.-N.) en 1796, il mourut à New Westminster (C.-B.) en 1868.

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