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Anonymous. “Westmount, St. John’s, Newfoundland”. Urban Renewal and Low Income Housing, Vol 6, 1972 pp.6-11.
The article provides a brief history of Ebsary Estate and Westmount. The main emphasis of the article is on the repairs to Westmount carried out during the late 1960s.

Bland, John. Report on the City of St. John’s made for The Commission on Town Planning. St. John’s, Newfoundland, August 1946.
Written by the Director of Architecture at McGill University, this report was prepared for the newly reconstituted Town Planning Commission of St. John’s and was based on field studies carried out during the summer of 1945. He identified the “shack developments” that were springing up on the outskirts of the city as part of the problem of sub-standard housing in the city.

Collier, Keith. “Clearing the Slums: The Evolution of Public Housing in St. John’s” part 1. Aspects Vol. 46, No.4 (2011) published in the Newfoundland Quarterly Vol. 104, No. 1 (2011) pp. 41-47. Part 2 will be published in the Newfoundland Quarterly in September 2011.
These two articles were adapted from Keith Collier’s MA major paper Clearing the Slums: The Evolution of Public Housing in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1910-1956. The article emphasizes the interaction of various factors: Confederation, an established housing authority, the availability of serviced land and the recognition of the need for government intervention in the provision of housing, that enabled the building of 600 public housing dwellings in St. John’s by the 1960s.

Godfrey, Stuart R. Human Rights and Social Policy in Newfoundland 1832-1982: Search for a Just Society. St. John’s, NL: Harry Cuff Publications Limited, 1982.
The book contains a chapter on housing, covering St. John’s and rural Newfoundland. A wide range of social issues are covered in this book.

House, John Douglas. “Two Lower Class Areas in St. John’s, Newfoundland: A Comparative Study.” Honours. Dissertation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1964.
The dissertation compares a neighbourhood in the Pearce Avenue section of the Mundy Pond neighbourhood (described by John Bland as a “shack development”), with a neighbourhood in the east end of St. John’s below Military Road.

Macpherson, Alan G. ed. Four Centuries and the City: Perspectives on the Historical Geography of St. John’s. St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2005.
The book contains seven essays on the historical geography of St. John’s. The essay entitled “‘Mr. Dunfield’s Folly’: The Development of Churchill Park Garden Suburb in St. John’s” by Christopher A. Sharpe provides the most comprehensive account of the development of Churchill Park. The houses that were expected to become available to the residents of the central core by a process of filtering are those which are located in the modern-day heritage area. “Heritage Conservation in the City of St. John’s,” by Christopher A. Sharpe and Shane O’Dea describes how the development of the interest in heritage grew into the creation of the heritage area and analyses the impact of heritage area on the resident population. “The Agricultural Fringe of St. John’s, 1750-1945″ by Robert MacKinnon traces the history of the agricultural use of the land surrounding the city.

St. John’s Housing Corporation. An Era of Progress: A Review of the St. John’s Housing Corporation Activities from July 1944 to December 1961. St. John’s Newfoundland: Guardian Limited, 1962.
The history of the Corporation is outlined, with reference to the Churchill Park development. The report contains photographs of the new developments on Elizabeth Avenue in the Churchill Park area. It omits any mention of Ebsary Estate.

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