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Learn about Twillingate Island's Beothuk history at the Boyds' Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre.
Miss Georgie (Georgina Ann Stirling) was born in Twillingate, April 3, 1866, the youngest of 10 children born to Ann (Peyton) and Dr. William Stirling. Georgie was Newfoundland's first Opera singer and became known as the Nightingale of the North.
Georgie was educated in Twillingate, Toronto and went on to study voice in Paris, Italy and Germany. While living in Paris she studied under the tutorship of Madame Mathilde Marchesi. It was there that Georgie was discovered by a Milan opera company. She became a world renowned Prima donna soprano who played in opera houses throughout Europe and United States known by her stage name Mademoiselle Marie "Toulinquet" which was the original French name of Twillingate.
Unfortunately, at the peak of her career she developed a throat ailment that cut her singing career short.
Georgie returned to her hometown of Twillingate to live with her sister Rose where she eventually died in 1935.
The people of Twillingate are very proud of their Nightingale of the North, Georgie holds a special place in all our hearts.
There is a permanent Georgina Stirling Exhibit at the Twillingate Museum featuring her life and achievements.
The Anchor Inn Hotel in Twillingate's restaurant, Georgie's, has been named after Georgina and displays a 2012 painting by Twillingate artist, Nina Keogh.