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Gambo, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada)

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Flag of Gambo, Newfoundland image located by Valentin Poposki, 21 March 2010

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Description of the flag

The flag of the Town of Gambo, Newfoundland and Labrador, is white with town shield on it. I can't describe it, but you'll see it in the link below. Any description is welcome. Information and image of the crest thanks to Cynthia Paul, Admin Clerk.

About the town:
"Why is it called Gambo?
The name Gambo is believed to be a corruption of the Spanish or Portuguese name "Baie de las Gamas" (Bay of the Does), found on early maps of the area. It seems that the Gambo area has been a hunters' and fishermen's paradise for at least 500 years. The heritage of Gambo, lies in the logging and railway industries. In the winter of 1862-63, David Smallwood, grandfather of the late J.R. Smallwood, came to Gambo from P.E.I. and built a sawmill in Gambo. It was the first in Gambo and when it burned down, Mr. Smallwood proceeded to build the first steam-powered sawmill in Newfoundland on the Gambo River.

Shortly after, several mills began to spring up around the town in Gambo, Dark Cove and Middle Brook A tramway was constructed from the railway station in Gambo to the Mint Brook area and a community was formed along its route. The Murphy Hotel was built with hopes of attracting tourists and sportsmen, as well as serving as the station depot for the railway. When the forests around Mint Brook were devastated by the forest fires of the 1960s, most of the sawmills closed down. The railway became the main industry for the town and the residents of Mint Brook soon moved to Gambo. Gambo's population at that time was near to what it is today, approximately 2500.

The greatest pride of Gambo, however, is that of the grandson of David Smallwood, Joseph Roberts Smallwood. "Joey" was born in Mint Brook during the "Logging Boom" in 1900. While Joey did not reside in Gambo for very long, he always referred to Gambo as his hometown. Joseph R. launched his Confederation Campaign here at the Orangemen's Hall and the approval of the people was signified by an almost unanimous vote for him as a candidate to the National Convention, and later as the member to the House of Assembly. Joey may not have lived in Gambo for long, but his name will live on here forever." - from town's website: 

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Valentin Poposki, 21 March 2010