Annual Dinner 2017

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 — 6:00 for 6:30
Dalhousie University Club
6259 Alumni Crescent located just off South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lecture: “Nebooktook — In the Woods” by Mike Parker

A richly illustrated presentation focusing upon an eclectic mix of history,
heritage, and nostalgia that celebrates the traditions, natural beauty, and
intrinsic values of Nova Scotia‘s woods and waters.


Tangled Thai Salad:

Shredded Napa cabbage, julienne of cucumber, carrot, daikon radish finished with
peanuts, quinoa, fresh lime and a peanut coconut cilantro dressing (Vegan and GF)

Moroccan spiced Lentil, Kale, Sweet Potato Cassoulet with fresh cherry tomatoes,
mint, turmeric and ginger served with University Club rice (Vegan and GF)


Tuscan Chicken stuffed with Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers and Sage
served with chef’s choice of potatoes and vegetables

Chocolate decadent brownie plated with berries (GF)

Tea and coffee

$47 per person payable in advance before Thursday, 13 April.
Maximum seating for
50 people.

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to “Royal Nova Scotia Historical
Society” and mailed to:

Rosemary Barbour, RNSHS Membership Secretary
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1W4

For reservations contact Rosemary Barbour at
or Telephone: 902-424-6070, with choice of menu option (Moroccan cassoulet or Tuscan chicken).

Please note that cancellations can not be accepted after 13 April.

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

Born at Antigonish, NS, attended Antigonish High School, St. Francis Xavier University (Bachelor of Arts, Honours History, 1973; Bachelor of Education, 1976; Master of Education, 2003) and the University of New Brunswick (Masters of History, 1978). Taught public school in the Antigonish school system from 1976 to 2011. Also former sessional instructor, School of Education program, StFX.

Mike Parker

Mike Parker has been researching and writing about his native province of Nova Scotia and its people for thirty years. The best-selling author and historian is an experienced affiliate with various heritage interpretive mediums including past research associate status with the Nova Scotia Museum, educator with the Writers in Schools program, and guest speaker for organizations and agencies including the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Parks Canada and Halifax Regional School Board. He once operated a wilderness canoe tripping business guiding back country tours along traditional Mi’kmaw water routes. Mike has made numerous radio and television appearances and been consulted for documentaries. An oral historian, he interviewed scores of men and women whose memories and musings of lived events formed the basis for three of his books. Born and raised in Bear River, a village steeped in lumbering, ship building and guiding history, he is a graduate of Acadia University and a long-time resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Sara Beanlands

Sara Beanlands

Sara Beanlands is a Principal and Senior Archaeologist with Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc., specializing in cultural resource management. Completing a Master's degree in History at Saint Mary's University in 2010, Sara has undertaken a wide range of historical research and archaeological projects throughout Atlantic Canada. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, the International Journal of Maritime History and the University of Edinburgh Journal. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary's, President of the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society and a Vice‐President of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.

Courtney Mrazek

Courtney Mrazek

Courtney Mrazek is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at the University of New Brunswick. She currently holds a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship and is working under the supervision of Sasha Mullally studying the history of medicine. Her dissertation will examine eugenic mentalities and how they influenced education and health policies in the Department of Indian Affairs in twentieth century Nova Scotia. This presentation draws on research from her master's thesis “‘Our Nation is like a withering leaf on a summer's day’: The Mi'kmaq and British Agricultural Policies in Colonial Nova Scotia,” which she wrote at Saint Mary's University under the supervision of John G. Reid.

Andrew Steeves

Andrew SteevesAndrew Steeves was born in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. After taking
degrees in Criminology and English, he settled near Kentville, Nova Scotia, and
founded Gaspereau Press in 1997 (with Gary Dunfield). He spends his time
reading, writing, editing, designing, typesetting, printing, binding,
marketing, selling and talking about books. As an author, his most recent
publication is Smoke Proofs: Essays on Literary Publishing, Printing and

Appreciation of two eminent members of the RNSHS


Both Brian Cuthbertson, editor of the Society JOURNAL, and Henry Roper, Associate editor, have decided to step down after almost two decades of service. The members of the RNSHS will express our profound appreciation for their service to the Society at our next meeting, October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. This will be followed by the scheduled Society lecture by Barry Cahill. All Welcome.

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 19, 2016


Mi’kmaw Armed Resistance to British Expansion in Northern New England (1676–1761)
Tod Scott
Starting in the last quarter of the 17th century until the end of the Seven Years War, the Mi’kmaq successfully defended their land, families and way of life through seven colonial wars against the British. These efforts kept British settlers from migrating into Mi’ma’ki. From the Kennebec region of Maine to the economic activities and settlements in Newfoundland, they were a power to be reckoned with. When British settlers finally migrated into Mi’ma’ki in 1749, the Mi’kmaq contained them in fortified enclaves until peace was established in 1761.
Nova Scotia’s 11th Premier Gordon S. Harrington:
    Devoted to Duty or Political Opportunist?
Carole MacDonald
Touted as one of the most progressive Premiers in Nova Scotia (1930-1933), Col Gordon S. Harrington dedicated his life (and health) to Nova Scotians, particularly coal miners and their families and to Canada as the Deputy Minister of Canadian Forces Overseas in the latter part of the First World War. His life was one of great achievements and profound tragedy.
Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Historical Reflections
John G. Reid
A broad analysis of historical immigration patterns into Atlantic Canada, this paper sets this immigration within an indigenous context and distinguishes between Newfoundland and the Maritime Region. The twin processes of Indigenous dispossession and settler colonization are considered as contexts for Atlantic Canada’s role and responsibilities in a world increasingly shaped both by the need to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples and by the forces of global migration.
Immigration and Sovereignty; Lessons from the Distant Past
Thomas Peace
In this keynote address, delivered at the 2016 Atlantic Immigration conference, the author argues for the importance of thinking about immigration within the context of colonial, imperial and Indigenous relationships that existed during the 18th Century. By examining the ways that colonial and imperial sovereignties interacted, this clearly demarcates the beginning of systems of thought that developed and expanded within colonial governments over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, shaping both policies towards the Immigrant and the Indigenous Peoples.
Nova Scotia’s Ellen Martyr Robinson neé Nutting (1816–1902):
    A Brief Account of her Life and her Sketchbook Depictions of the Province
Sadru Bhanji
This paper describes the life of the talented Halifax–born artist, Ellen Martyr Robinson and her depictions of the landscape of Nova Scotia during the middle years of the 19th Century. Examples of Robinson’s work are held by the Canadian and Nova Scotia Archives but the sketchbook noted in this paper is hitherto unrecorded.

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M. Punch

The Vaughans of Halifax and St. John’s
Heather Long

Book Reviews

A Calendar of Life in a Narrow Valley: Jacobina Campbell’s Diary
Reviewed by John G. Reid

Highland Shepherd: James MacGregor, Father of the Scottish Enlightenment in Nova Scotia
Reviewed by Henry Roper

The Writings of a Loyalist-Era Military Settler in Nova Scotia
Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

Erratum (image caption): Deborah Trask, Putting the War of 1812 to Rest, Volume 18

Julian Gwyn

Julian Gwyn is Professor Emeritus of the Department of History of the University of Ottawa and a gentleman farmer. His fields of academic interest include the history of the British Isles 1680–1980, American Colonial, and pre-Confederation Canadian history. He has published extensively and earned recognition from his colleagues and awards from a variety of learned societies.