HRM’s top-down (as always) plans for Dartmouth Planning always seem uninspired, at best. What is happening here? Do you think we could do better? We do!
On July 17th 1795, Joshua Evans arrived at Dartmouth, and stayed for almost two weeks, visiting with local Quakers Seth Coleman and Thomas Green, among ten other local families.Evans, a Quaker minister and abolitionist, was born in 1731 in West Jersey. He was a vegetarian and a fervent proponent of …(Read More)
Andrew Sancton in Merger Mania credits Britain in the late 1950s with the dawn of local government reform among liberal democracies. More than one royal commission (Report of the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, 1957-60 – also known as the Herbert Report, and Radcliffe-Maud a decade later …(Read More)
Of all the new settlers, the people of Liverpool seem to have been most imbued with the spirit of their Boston brethren. In the minutes of the council of Nova Scotia, under date of July 24, 1762, is a remarkable document drawn up by the inhabitants . . . insisting …(Read More)
The 45th bill to become an act in the Legislature of Nova Scotia, in the 2nd session of the 1759 (second) sitting.“An act for permitting persons of the profession of the people called Quaker, to make an affirmation instead of an oath” This could be said to be Dartmouth’s first …(Read More)
Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Meager J in 1900, in regards to Dillon on Municipalities; utilizing American case law in regards to Nova Scotian municipalities, noting the parallels between the municipal situations in both jurisdictions (and their differences as constituted through their particular charters, enabling legislation) Cases Argued and Determined …(Read More)
Thank you to every single one of the 392 people who have taken the time to like this page so far, who follow and interact with the content contained within. It’s greatly appreciated to know we’re not alone. We, inhabitants of Dartmouth, ARE constituted. We, inhabitants of Dartmouth, ARE declared …(Read More)
Today is just another random date in American history with a Dartmouth connection. July 19th, 1848: In Seneca Falls, N.Y., a woman’s rights convention–the first ever held in the United States–convenes with almost 200 women in attendance. The convention was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two abolitionists.The …(Read More)
1758-1800: https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/proceedings/ipla_1758-1900.pdf Dartmouth Town, Act to enable the inhabitants of the Town Plot to use and occupy the common field as they may think fit, 1789 c6(see P&L Acts of 1851, page 128) To extend Act respecting Guns and Firearms to (Dartmouth), 1793 c12 To appoint Trustees for the (Dartmouth) …(Read More)
An interesting map of Dartmouth, circa 1950 (1955 at least I would think, since the bridge is shown). It’s quite detailed – in many cases aspirational. Check out the subdivision plan for what is now Mic Mac Mall – below the modern grid they had once hoped to construct, you …(Read More)
Here is one of, if not the earliest plan available showing Old Ferry Road, which became the Lawrencetown Road. Now, Old Ferry Road, Portland Street and Cole Harbour Road.These surveys offer a lot of information and they’re surprisingly accurate!
Part of the Town & Harbour of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Looking down George Street to the Opposite Shore Called Dartmouth (1759, Mason, James, 1710-c.1783) https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-X76-19&R=DC-X76-19&fbclid=IwAR0B4V19DVaVrbvjG7fa8qju9RMnRUvauOvrHv3YrQUV8L8K15KEZw_-Tps One distinct record from the year of 1759 survives:“Mrs. Mary Clark, whose house and garden stood at the southeast corner of the present Portland …(Read More)
Crown Land Grants are an invaluable historical resource, and you can learn a lot about how Dartmouth developed by following the patterns from the subdivision of these tracts. https://novascotia.ca/natr/land/grantmap.asp?fbclid=IwAR0mjbyLGcHoUf7YIgk06mXbjKQyqdT6SHjtKTp5SNSRkVrXRpeN2dE6uxs The map itself is a 1940s era base-map and so you’ll see the original configuration of many once rural now suburban …(Read More)
This is the lower part of Old Ferry Road, once known as “Green Lane”. The curve in the foreground leads to the Old Ferry Wharf, in the background is the hill to Pleasant Street and Portland Street. The fence on the left enclosed the South End Lawn Tennis Courts, and …(Read More)
The neighborhood you think is “paying the bills” might not be where you think it is.