Photograph by Bob Brink
Maid of Industry
by Charlie Henderson
The Railway Coastal Museum, St. John's
495 Water St., St. John's, NL A1E 6B5
This figurative statue has stood in front of the former Riverhead Station (now known as the Johnson Innovation Station at the Railway Coastal Museum) since 1903. It was carved from a sandstone gatepost of the Anglican Cathedral, which was damaged in the fire of 1892.
The sculptor, Charlie Henderson, was a stonemason for the Reid Newfoundland Railway. The statue's base was used as a drinking fountain, and the granite for the base came from a quarry near Gaff Topsails, an abandoned railway settlement located in the interior of Newfoundland.