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.

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle graduated from McGill University in 1984. He taught air photo interpretation and environmental remote sensing at several universities in Germany and Canada during the 1980s and early 1990s. Over the past three decades he has contributed as a researcher, lecturer and advisor to the Canadian RADARSAT Earth observation satellite program, mainly involving environmental monitoring and resource analysis issues. He served as president and officer of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for several years; he is a senior member of the international Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and currently chairs the Board of the International Oceans Institute (IOI-Canada), an NGO located in Halifax and in Malta. His personal interest in “the view from above” goes back to his days as teenager when he learned to fly gliders. It has since broadened his horizons from professional, geographical and historical points-of-view.

Martha Walls

Martha WallsMartha Walls, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University

Martha Walls’ research and teaching focusses on the historical experiences of the Mi’kmaq, particularly women. Her monograph, “no need of a chief for this band”: Maritime Mi’kmaq and Federal Electoral Legislation,1899–1951 was published in 2010. This paper draws on research related to a second book project about the St. FX-run Micmac Community Development Program, which is in progress and to be published with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Barry Cahill

Barry Cahill holds graduate degrees from Dalhousie and Oxford Universities. He is a retired
provincial civil servant and now a full-time student of history. Cahill is author of the
official history of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, forthcoming from
McGill-Queen’s University Press. He has completed a history of the Halifax
Relief Commission, and is now working on a full-length biography of Frances
Fish, Nova Scotia’s first woman lawyer.

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Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 18 2015


“A Tense and Courageous Performance”: The Role of the Honourable Allan J. MacEachen in the Creation, Passage and Implementation of Legislation for Medicare (Medical Care Act, 1966, Bill C-227)
G. Ross Langley and Joanne M. Langley

The “Monuments Woman”: Captain Edith Standen and the Restitution of Looted Art
Kirrily Freeman

Putting the War of 1812 to Rest
Deborah Trask

“Find a Hell before You Leave this World”: Maritimers as Prisoners of War, 1812 – 1815
Joshua M. Smith

“Religion Walked Forth in All Her Majesty”: The Opening of Holy Cross Cemetery and the Transformation of Halifax Catholicism
Terrence Murphy

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M. Punch

Laurilliard of Montbéliard: A Founding Family of Halifax with Notable Connections
Terrence M. Punch

Book Reviews

Imprinting Britain: Newspapers, Sociability and the Shaping of British North America
Reviewed by Keith Grant

The Reverend Jacob Bailey Maine Loyalist: For God, King, Country, and for Self
Reviewed by Henry Roper

Consumers in the Bush: Shopping in Rural Upper Canada
Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts
Reviewed by Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Surviving Trench Warfare: Technology and the Canadian Corps, 1914-1918
Canada’s Bastion of Empire: Halifax, Victoria and the Royal Navy 1749-1918
Reviewed by Jay White

John Reid

JohnReid_CropJohn Reid is a member of the Department of History at Saint Mary’s University, and Senior Research Fellow of the Gorsebrook Research Institute. He holds degrees from Oxford University, Memorial University, and the University of New Brunswick. His research focuses primarily on early modern northeastern North America and on the history of Atlantic Canada, and he has published books and articles in these areas. He recently completed a six-year term as co-editor of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region.