The Home from The Sea Foundation (HFTSF) was originally formed to build a memorial to the men and boys who lost their lives in the Great Sealing Disaster of 1914. In doing so, the Foundation came to realize just how many stories involving our maritime history remain untold.
Now that the Sealers Memorial has been completed to great acclaim, the Foundation is focusing on doing its part to not only promote this remarkable attraction but to aid in harnessing intangible cultural heritage and authentic experiences on which Elliston can build a stronger future and strengthen the sense of identity of future generations.
On June 20, 2014, the grand unveil of Home from The Sea was celebrated with some 700 visitors coming from far and wide. What got us to that day was the work of the visionary citizens of Elliston under the leadership of Myrtle Stagg, a capital campaign team inspired by the vision and leadership of The Honourable John C. Crosbie, Chris Collingwood and Leo Power and a campaign executed by Pilot Communications. To visit the archived Capital Campaign website and it’s supporters, click the link below. To visit the Facebook photo gallery of our journey, click the link below.
Our mission is to sustain and grow the Sealers Memorial and Interpretation Centre in order to:
- provide factual public education about our sealing history;
- remember and honour sacrifices and lives lost;
- educate future generations about our sealing history; and
- contribute to the revitalization of the community of Elliston through tourism.
Our vision sees a strong self-sustaining community where HFTSF plays an ongoing role in:
- facilitating the capture and expression of more to our intangible cultural heritage; and
- establishing a broader base on which to build our collective identity.