Place Names and Places of Nova Scotia (in Dartmouth Township)

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“Whereas some uncertainty exists as regards the limits of the Township of Dartmouth… Be it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, that the lines of the Township of Dartmouth shall be established and settled as follows, beginning on the Eastern side of Bedford Basin at the head of Pace’s cove at low … Read more

The coal-fields and coal industry of eastern Canada: a general survey and description

“The monopoly of the General Mining Association was a source of great irritation to the people of Nova Scotia, and the events leading to what was then known as “the breaking of the Duke of York’s lease” form one of the most interesting chapters of the development of responsible government in Nova Scotia. After a … Read more

Nova Scotia: the province that has been passed by

“A change has come over the Imperial aspect of the Province since the Dominion Government took over the naval and military defenses of Halifax from the Mother Country. I found Halifax, with its Citadel crowned slopes, its wooden houses, its tree lined avenues bathed in glowing summer sunshine, but Haligonian society with no sunshine in … Read more

The story of Christ Church, Dartmouth

“When Halifax was first settled, this side of the harbor was the home and hunting ground of the [Mi’kmaq]. Soon after the settlement of Halifax, Major Gillman built a saw mill in Dartmouth Cove on the stream flowing from the Dartmouth lakes. On September 30th 1749, the [Indigenous people] attacked and killed four and captured … Read more

Opportunities in Nova Scotia

“Dartmouth -(Halifax Co.), on Halifax Harbor. Ferry, 15 minute service to Halifax (1 mile). 2 hotels, 6 churches, 5 public schools, park, 2 banks. Industries include cordage works, spice, chocolate and soap factory, sugar refinery, lumber mills, foundries, boiler works, rolling mills, cornmeal mills, brewery, marine railway, and skate and bolt factory. Beautiful lake scenery. … Read more

A history and geography of Nova Scotia


“Dartmouth (5000), about a mile from Halifax, across the harbour, has a fine situation, and is a beautiful residential town, especially in the hilly and lake section back a little from the harbour. It has various manufactures, as sugar refining and making of rope and skates. The provincial Lunatic Asylum is in the neighbourhood of … Read more

The militia of Nova Scotia, 1749-1867


“In November and December of the year 1750 the following officers were appointed to the Dartmouth militia… Robert Campbell, to be Captain Jos. Scott, Thos. Burke, Thos. Leake, Josiah Rogerson, to be Lieutenants” Edwards, Joseph Plimsoll. “The militia of Nova Scotia, 1749-1867”, 1911

Institutionalizing Eugenics: Custody, Class, Gender And Education In Nova Scotia’s Response To The “Feeble-Minded”, 1890-1931

“Between 1890 and 1927 hundreds of Nova Scotian children and adults were identified as either feeble-minded or mentally deficient through investigations conducted by physicians and philanthropists in the province. The earliest of these studies were not commissioned by the provincial government but instead reflected the middle-class internalization of the eugenic discourse. Reformers, drawn often from … Read more

Dartmouth, 1916

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From: Halifax Habour, Surveyed by Staff Commander W.F. Maxwell, R.N., Assisted by Staff Commanders F.W. Jarrad and P.H. Wright, R.N. 1889. The Narrows from a Canadian Government Survey, 1916. The Topography is taken from the Royal Engineers plans, with corrections and additions from the Hydrographic Department, Ottawa, 1916. Soundings in Feet, Natural Scale 1/10,560.

The Halifax Explosion as covered by the Washington Post, Friday Dec 7, 1917


“2000 Killed, Thousands Injured, When French Munitions Vessel Explodes In Harbor of Halifax, Wrecking the City. Buildings Collapse From Shock and Flames Break Out as Mont Blanc, Struck by Belgian Relief Steamer Imo, Blows Up. Two Square Miles of City Territory Devestated; Scores Burn to Death; Fatally Injured Crown Hospitals; Crews of Both Ships Escape: … Read more

Dartmouth in the Legislature, Public Acts 1789-1996

A list of all of the acts passed in the Nova Scotia legislature from 1789-1996 in regards to Dartmouth, be it “Dartmouth Town”, the “Dartmouth town plot”, “Dartmouth township”, the “Town of Dartmouth” or the “City of Dartmouth”.

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