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Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

The origin of the name Tracadie is a derivative from the mikmak word Telagadik which means in the native language, a camping place. The actual location of Tracadie is when the Mikmak people used to camp while on fishing and hunting expeditions. tracadienb.ca

The location was first settled in 1784 by ACADIANS who had either avoided the deportation or who had since returned, followed shortly thereafter by English-speaking settlers. thecanadianencylopedia.ca

The origin of leprosy in Tracadie is rather obscure although we know that the first victim of leprosy, Mrs Ursule Landry, died in her home in Tracadie in 1828.

In 1844, the disease took such proportions that the health office, named to that effect, ordered the sequestration of the sick on Sheldrake Island near Chatham. The lepers were quarantined in an old building that had already been used to quarantine people. Most of the time, they were left to fend for themselves.

In 1849, thanks to the numerous efforts of parish priest François Xavier Lafrance, the first lazaret was constructed in Tracadie where the sick were transferred.

In 1868, the Religieuses hospitalières de St-Joseph arrived in order to help the miserable lepers...

The nuns took care of the lepers during 97 years, without ever becoming sick with the disease. Three hundred and twenty seven lepers were treated in New Brunswick.

One year after the last leper at the lazaretto died in 1964, the institution closed its doors indefinitely.
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  • 1785 - First settlers arrive
    Michel Bastarache and his son-in-law Joseph Saulnier came from Memramcook in 1785 to settle in the Tracadie region. This permanent settlement which...Read MORE...


  • 1785 - Tracadie
    Located 3.91 km NNE of Sheila: Saumarez Parish, Gloucester County: William Francis Ganong identified the Mi'kmaq name for Tracadie as Tulakadik or...Read MORE...


  • 1786 - First English settlers arrive in Tracadie
    The first English settlers came a little later after the French settlers around 1786, William and Thomas Ferguson, two Scotchman, and Charles...Read MORE...


  • Around 1805, William Ferguson and, in 1850, James Young opened fish plants. Their main activities were fishing and fish processing. The herring fishery was the most lucrative one.

    tracadienb.ca

  • 1815 - Leprosy, so far as is known, appeared for the first time in Canada at Tracadie in the Province of New Brunswick

    Four centuries of medical history in Canada Volume 1 By John Joseph Heagerty · 1928

  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Cimetière des Fondateurs
    Photo taken by us
  • 1823 - First church in Tracadie
    The first wooden church of Tracadie was finished in 1823 under the responsibility of father Thomas Cook. Pierre Gingras of Quebec was the carpenter...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    First church of Tracadie, 1823
    virtualmuseum.ca
  • 1842 - Église de Saint-Joseph et Saint-Jean-Baptiste established in Tracadie
    Father François Xavier S. Lafrance was the first resident pastor of Tracadie (1842)
    www.virtualmuseum.ca/ sgc-cms/ ...Read MORE...


  • 1844 - Leprosy
    Leprosy is a disease which touched people of different nationalities all around the world. A lot of these people were treated and taken care of at...Read MORE...


  • 1849 - Leprosy institution moved to Tracadie
    In 1849 the institution was relocated in the coastal village of Tracadie, allegedly the epicentre of the disease, and thirty-one people were...Read MORE...


  • In 1866 Tracadie was a farming, lumbering and fishing community with approximately 120 resident families.

    archives.gnb.ca

  • 1871 - Tracadie
    In 1871 Tracadie had a population of 1,200: in 1898 it was a station on the Caraquet and Gulf Shore Railway and had 1 post office, 5 stores, 2...Read MORE...


  • News 1872 - LEPROSY - A Hundred Years of Plague in a Seaside Town
    [St Johns, New Brunswick, Letter to the New York Sun.]

    Will Americans believe that leprosy, "the eldest daughter of Death," exists on this...Read MORE...


  • 1873
    TRACADIE, a post village and settlement in Gloucester co., N.B., on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 50 miles from Chatham. It has a telegraph office, a...Read MORE...


  • 1874 - Tracadie's second church, parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph
    Father Ferdinand Gauvreau made the request for the construction of a new stone church in its current location to the bishop of Chatham, Mgr. James...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Tracadie's second church, parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph, 1874
    virtualmuseum.ca
  • In 1877, there were only six businesses in the Tracadie area: two general stores, a tavern, a saw mill, a fish market and wood trade.
    At the time, these businesses met the immediate needs of the local population. At the turn of the century, there was a small economic boom due to the ...Read MORE...


  • In 1899, Tracadie created its first telephone company under the name of Tracadie Telephone Company Ltd

    tracadienb.ca

  • 1904 - Train Derailment
    ... Yesterday while running into Tracadie, the cars of the Caraquet railway train left the track, but no damage was done. The delay was only...Read MORE...


  • 1905 - Big Loss By Fire
    St. John, N. B., Oct 10. - News of the burning of the big lumber mills and other property of the Tracadie Lumber company, at Tracadie, N. B., reached ...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Tracadie, a post-village and outport of Gloucester co., New Brunswick, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 50 miles from Chatham.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Hotel Dieu (Hospital) de Tracadie
    Postcard
  • 1925 - Church destroyed in Tracadie
    Fire destroyed the parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph church in Tracadie on November 8, 1925.
    virtualmuseum.ca

  • 1926 - The construction of the 3rd stone church with two steeples began in May 1926 when father J. M. Lavasseur was the parish pastor.
    Its plans were drawn by architect René A. Rochet of Montreal.

    Christmas mass was celebrated in the new church, still in construction, as early as...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    St-Joseph et St-Jean-Baptiste Church
    3475 Principale Street
    Built in 1926


    Photo taken by us
  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Tracadie N.B. Academy
    Postcard
  • In 1937, electricity reached Tracadie from Chatam

    tracadienb.ca

  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    L'Hopital St Joseph - St Joseph's Hospital
    Postcard
  • 1947 - The first newspaper "The Tracadie News" was founded in 1947. It was a bilingual newspaper that was published on Saturdays. It was published for about a year.

    tracadienb.ca

  • 1949 - $200,000 Damage When Fire Sweeps New Brunswick Town
    TRACADIE, NB. Oct. 31 - (CP) - Damage was estimated up to $200,000 last night after an early morning fire destroyed four buildings at Tracadie,...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Rue Principale Ves Le Nord-Ouest - Main Street
    Postcard
  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    St. Joseph's Shrine
    Postcard
  • News 1958 - Santa Answers Appeal of Girl
    TAMPA, Fla., Dec 20. (AP) - Note to Viola S. McGraw of Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada: A Christmas package containing a doll, pajamas, socks,...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie was incorporated as a town in 1966, and in 1992 it joined with Sheila to form Tracadie-Sheila.

    archives.gnb.ca

  • In 1969, the newspaper "Reflet du Nord" was founded and it lasted until February 1971. It resurfaced on June 23 of the same year under the new name l'Analyste. The newspaper shut down on September 12, 1972.

    tracadienb.ca

  • Tracadie-Sheila
    Tracadie-Sheila, NB, incorporated as a town in 1992, population 4933 (2011c), 4479 (2006c). The Town of Tracadie-Sheila is situated on the Gulf of ST ...Read MORE...


  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
    Cimetière des Fondateurs
    Photo taken by us
  • Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada


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Cimetière des Fondateurs

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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First church of Tracadie, 1823

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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Tracadie's second church, parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph, 1874

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

Postcard
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Hotel Dieu (Hospital) de Tracadie

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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St-Joseph et St-Jean-Baptiste Church
3475 Principale Street
Built in 1926


Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

Postcard
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Tracadie N.B. Academy

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

Postcard
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L'Hopital St Joseph - St Joseph's Hospital

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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St. Joseph's Shrine

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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Rue Principale Ves Le Nord-Ouest - Main Street

Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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Cimetière des Fondateurs

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History, News and Stories of Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada

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  • 1785 - Tracadie
    Located 3.91 km NNE of Sheila: Saumarez Parish, Gloucester County: William Francis Ganong identified the Mi'kmaq name for Tracadie as Tulakadik or... Read MORE...

  • 1785 - First settlers arrive
    Michel Bastarache and his son-in-law Joseph Saulnier came from Memramcook in 1785 to settle in the Tracadie region. This permanent settlement which... Read MORE...


    Read more about Michel BASTARACHE dit BASQUE
  • 1786 - First English settlers arrive in Tracadie
    The first English settlers came a little later after the French settlers around 1786, William and Thomas Ferguson, two Scotchman, and Charles... Read MORE...


    Read more about William FERGUSON
  • Around 1805, William Ferguson and, in 1850, James Young opened fish plants. Their main activities were fishing and fish processing. The herring fishery was the most lucrative one.

    tracadienb.ca
  • 1815 - Leprosy, so far as is known, appeared for the first time in Canada at Tracadie in the Province of New Brunswick

    Four centuries of medical history in Canada Volume 1 By John Joseph Heagerty · 1928

    Read more about Ursule LANDRY
  • 1823 - First church in Tracadie
    The first wooden church of Tracadie was finished in 1823 under the responsibility of father Thomas Cook. Pierre Gingras of Quebec was the carpenter... Read MORE...

  • 1842 - Église de Saint-Joseph et Saint-Jean-Baptiste established in Tracadie
    Father François Xavier S. Lafrance was the first resident pastor of Tracadie (1842)
    www.virtualmuseum.ca/ sgc-cms/ ... Read MORE...

  • 1844 - Leprosy
    Leprosy is a disease which touched people of different nationalities all around the world. A lot of these people were treated and taken care of at... Read MORE...

  • 1849 - Leprosy institution moved to Tracadie
    In 1849 the institution was relocated in the coastal village of Tracadie, allegedly the epicentre of the disease, and thirty-one people were... Read MORE...

  • In 1866 Tracadie was a farming, lumbering and fishing community with approximately 120 resident families.

    archives.gnb.ca
  • 1871 - Tracadie
    In 1871 Tracadie had a population of 1,200: in 1898 it was a station on the Caraquet and Gulf Shore Railway and had 1 post office, 5 stores, 2... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - LEPROSY - A Hundred Years of Plague in a Seaside Town
    [St Johns, New Brunswick, Letter to the New York Sun.]

    Will Americans believe that leprosy, "the eldest daughter of Death," exists on this... Read MORE...

  • 1873
    TRACADIE, a post village and settlement in Gloucester co., N.B., on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 50 miles from Chatham. It has a telegraph office, a... Read MORE...

  • 1874 - Tracadie's second church, parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph
    Father Ferdinand Gauvreau made the request for the construction of a new stone church in its current location to the bishop of Chatham, Mgr. James... Read MORE...

  • In 1877, there were only six businesses in the Tracadie area: two general stores, a tavern, a saw mill, a fish market and wood trade.
    At the time, these businesses met the immediate needs of the local population. At the turn of the century, there was a small economic boom due to the ... Read MORE...

  • In 1899, Tracadie created its first telephone company under the name of Tracadie Telephone Company Ltd

    tracadienb.ca
  • 1904 - Train Derailment
    ... Yesterday while running into Tracadie, the cars of the Caraquet railway train left the track, but no damage was done. The delay was only... Read MORE...

  • 1905 - Big Loss By Fire
    St. John, N. B., Oct 10. - News of the burning of the big lumber mills and other property of the Tracadie Lumber company, at Tracadie, N. B., reached ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Tracadie, a post-village and outport of Gloucester co., New Brunswick, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 50 miles from Chatham.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1925 - Church destroyed in Tracadie
    Fire destroyed the parish of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph church in Tracadie on November 8, 1925.
    virtualmuseum.ca
  • 1926 - The construction of the 3rd stone church with two steeples began in May 1926 when father J. M. Lavasseur was the parish pastor.
    Its plans were drawn by architect René A. Rochet of Montreal.

    Christmas mass was celebrated in the new church, still in construction, as early as... Read MORE...

  • In 1937, electricity reached Tracadie from Chatam

    tracadienb.ca
  • 1947 - The first newspaper "The Tracadie News" was founded in 1947. It was a bilingual newspaper that was published on Saturdays. It was published for about a year.

    tracadienb.ca
  • 1949 - $200,000 Damage When Fire Sweeps New Brunswick Town
    TRACADIE, NB. Oct. 31 - (CP) - Damage was estimated up to $200,000 last night after an early morning fire destroyed four buildings at Tracadie,... Read MORE...

  • News  1958 - Santa Answers Appeal of Girl
    TAMPA, Fla., Dec 20. (AP) - Note to Viola S. McGraw of Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada: A Christmas package containing a doll, pajamas, socks,... Read MORE...

  • Tracadie was incorporated as a town in 1966, and in 1992 it joined with Sheila to form Tracadie-Sheila.

    archives.gnb.ca
  • In 1969, the newspaper "Reflet du Nord" was founded and it lasted until February 1971. It resurfaced on June 23 of the same year under the new name l'Analyste. The newspaper shut down on September 12, 1972.

    tracadienb.ca
  • Tracadie-Sheila
    Tracadie-Sheila, NB, incorporated as a town in 1992, population 4933 (2011c), 4479 (2006c). The Town of Tracadie-Sheila is situated on the Gulf of ST ... Read MORE...

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