Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

Messages and New Articles

06 May 2022


 I have often been asked about living accommodations in old Gander which evolved from a rough and ready construction site to a military base and then to a hub for commercial trans-Atlantic aviation. Each of these periods had its characteristics and requirements for different types of staff.  The objective of this article is to provide a brief overview of these periods and to describe summarily the residences that were available at different times.


                                                  Civilian Accommodations in Old Gander

01 June 2022

The website has already covered "official" communications in Old Gander, such as that used by the army, ferry operations, antisubmarine flying, civilian ground to air and the like.  Another article gave the history of amateur radio in Old Gander.  The present article aims to explain ordinary broadcast radio - where it started, how it progressed and how it got to where it is today, all because of one fellow ahead of his time.

              Public Broadcasting in Old Gander

04 July 2022

In principle, Gander, being a properly organised and legally constituted town only since 1959, there could be a mayor only since that year.  However, someone else had the idea of being mayor long before that.  So here is the story of the mayor nobody knew about!

Gander's First Mayor
07 Aug 2022

When one thinks of "Old Gander, the images that come to mind are either piston engine wartime bombers and fighters or, later, the commercial aircraft that were first piston engine or jets.  But perhaps this usual typology overlooks another type of airplane that was neither piston-engine nor jet engine. In fact, during the period of overlap between the two, another type of engine was being produced – the turboprop.

Neither Piston nor Jet
18 Sept 2022

Gander in the 21st century seems to be well equipped as far as schools are concerned. Be it with respect to  physical structures, teaching tools or qualified teachers, Gander is more advanced than most in the world, still today a safe learning environment.  But things were not always so simple!

Schools in Old Gander