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Ideal for work and play“. Much of Dartmouth Township, including Dartmouth Town, as it was in 1886.

Welcome to the City of Dartmouth. I’ve been told that history doesn’t repeat but it rhymes, and it’s apparent when one digs into Nova Scotia’s past. So much of what’s happening today hearkens back to the convulsions of the past, cycles of great awakenings and still greater despair. This is a history blog, and a vessel for what I’ve found over the years that’s Dartmouth related. It’s an attempt to catalog it all, to put it all into one place. It’s incomplete, and very much a perpetual work in progress.

I’ve done my best to link to sources for what I’ve posted here. Some of the photos and maps I’ve downloaded over the years without knowing I’d eventually be cataloguing them. If there is no source listed, I’m probably not sure where it’s from. Some of what’s contained here is my own work – mostly photographic or cartographic, interpretations and reinterpretations. It is offered to the commons alongside everything else. This site helps me to organize, hopefully someday I will have what I need to write something of my own. For now, I collect sources and details as I explore an alternative narrative.

A lot of the impetus for this site was “amalgamation”, what I consider to have been a municipal coup of sorts, which occurred to Dartmouth and other incorporated cities in Nova Scotia in the 1990s. As I have discovered since, “Amalgamation” was part of a pattern of actions, following the loss of our Senate (the Legislative Council), our County Courts, our Grand Jury and local control of our local health infrastructure. It preceded the loss of our local school section and our local School Boards, it has completely upended Nova Scotia’s constitutional order. It has led me to this effort, to discover the supposed authority that allowed for the dissolution of an incorporated city composed of citizens, by fiat. These have been authoritarian, totalitarian actions, conducted by those who use their involvement in an alleged “democratic” process as a masquerade for their Machiavellian maneuvers.

The constitutional, legal and academic angle is of great interest to me. I don’t have the resources to be an “academic”, at least at this point in time, and with what’s happened to “academia” these days, perhaps it’s just as well I’m independently motivated. I see too many examples of intersectionality and critical theory being used in order to divide and conquer. A city, a state or a nation are at their best when people of all stripes can come together, e pluribus unum.

The obfuscation of these many infringements on our institutional arrangements, what is claimed to be consensual, involves a never ending mendacity on behalf of those who profit from this new regime. Since so much effort seems to be spent fooling people into believing as fact, that which can be so easily proven false, it leads me to believe there is more to this story than just your garden variety corruption. Friendship grows, but it dies under a never ending regime of oppressor and oppressed. Intersectional grievance politics seem to be the vehicle of choice for the Canadian ruling caste, to institute their regression back to monarchy.

So many modern revisionist narratives don’t add up when viewed through the lens of the historical record. It’s been eye-opening for me to see how much of Nova Scotia’s history and its constitutional framework has been rewritten and reorganized through a communistic lens. I approach my study of history as a life-long Dartmouthian and a Nova Scotian. I’m a Whig who believes in enlightenment principles and in classical Liberalism. I believe in self-government, local and otherwise. I revere the genius of the founders and the necessity of the American revolution, I believe in freedom.

Different viewpoints are valuable. I enjoy studying the experiences of different groups, but I don’t appreciate those who use the past as a weapon to destroy the potential of the individual, in favor of authoritarian, totalitarian group identities. I reject analysis of the past through a modern moral framework, used to cancel and erase out of political expediency.

If you’re still with me after that, please feel free to get in touch. I value any feedback. It’s always interesting hearing from those who are swimming in the same stew, whether we agree on politics or not. If you have anything to contribute or something you think is missing, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. From my ever more distant memories, as time marches on, growing up in Dartmouth was a bottom-up kind of affair. Though our institutions were imperfect, like the people who participated in them, when the people had the reigns they had the promise of creating something better. The past only reconfirms this potential, a kind of unanimity between friends, regardless of creed, class or color. I love Dartmouth, and I hope you enjoy the memories as much as I do.

Amicitius crescimus, but perhaps most importantly, Sic Semper Tyrannis.


All posts on the site, in reverse chronological order.

Posts organized by decade

Here you’ll find all of the articles on the site, including posts from the Story of Dartmouth, categorized by decade. I’ve been slow to add anything beyond the 1950s, but I’m working on it.

1600s 1610s 1620s 1630s 1640s 1650s 1660s 1670s 1680s 1690s

1700s 1710s 1720s 1730s 1740s 1750s 1760s 1770s 1780s 1790s

1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s

1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

2000s 2010s 2020s

Story of Dartmouth, sorted by year

I extracted much of the information from the Story of Dartmouth in order to arrange it in chronological order. I did this in order to make it easier to trace occurrences and find relevant information. From both a fair use and an educational perspective, I hope it reflects the spirit of the author and his work to have this information more generally available. So much of this information would be otherwise unavailable.

I am forever indebted to Mr. Martin and his work, it’s inspired both my love of country (Nova Scotia), as well as the love I have for my hometown, or what’s left of it. I hope it will inspire others to continue to dig, analyze and revisit. I will continue to add to this with information from other sources as I work beyond the confines of the period contained in the book.

Pre-History 1749

1750 1751 1752 1753 1754 1755 1756 1757 1758 1759 1760 1761 1762 1763 1764 1765 1766 1767 1768 1769 1770 1771 1772 1773 1774 1775 1776 1777 1778 1779 1780 1781 1782 1783 1784 1785 1786 1787 1788 1789 1790 1791 1792 1793 1794 1795 1796 1797 1798 1799

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Story of Dartmouth Vignettes

There’s usually a story behind each of the images included in the book. I’ve included a few here as stand alone posts.

Old Ferry Road, 1820s

Elections of 1847

Water Street and Portland Street, 1880s

King Street, Canal, Dartmouth Cove 1880-1910

Dartmouth Commons, 1890s

Portland Street Canal Bridge, 1890s

St. George’s Tennis Club, 1890s

South End Lawn Tennis Club, 1898

French Prison at Hazelhurst, 1929

Blink Bonnie

Dartmouth copper mine

Dartmouth Shipyards


John Skerry

Mechanics’ Institute, later Town Hall

John Prescott Mott

Mott’s Factories and Warehouses

Mr. and Mrs. George Connor

Old Ferry Road, Green Lane

The “Sir Charles Ogle”

Railway bridge

Stern’s Corner

St. Peter’s Church

Woodside Refinery

Dartmouth Bicentennial, Starr Manufacturing Works

Posts organized by Category

Posts, above and beyond the chronological ones as seen above, I’ve generally categorized as such:

Academic Avenues

Annual Reports



Map Room

Odds & Ends


Reading Room

Wise Words


A longer term project has been to arrange all of the bills, by-laws and acts that relate to Dartmouth in chronological order. I’ve made more progress with the public acts than the others. It’s tedious work, and so I’ve been busying myself with other things with an eye to returning to this to finish it. I’ll also add Dartmouth’s By-Laws here eventually.

Public Acts 1789-1996

Private Acts 1824-1996

Journal & votes of the House of Assembly

Posts organized by Tags

This isn’t an exhaustive list of topics on this site, I’ll add to them in time.













Joseph Howe


Nova Scotia Hospital


Poets of Confederation






(Dartmouth) Township

Weather Report