Dr. Frederick Young

FredYoungCropDr. Frederick Young is Professor Emeritus of History at Saint Mary’s University, where he taught for more than four decades. He taught continental European history with a specialty in German history of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly German economic development and the concomitant German emigration to South America.  Dr. Young frequently taught a seminar on the Era of Napoleon, and as a result he became interested recently in the contemporaneous War of 1812 here in North America, which led to his book published by the Penobscot Bay Press in Stonington, Maine.

Dr. Terrance Murphy

MurphyTerry Murphy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and History at Saint Mary’s University. A specialist in the religious history of Canada, he is the co-author/co-editor of three books in this field: Religion and Identity: the Experience of Irish and Scottish Catholics in Atlantic Canada (Jesperson Press, 1987), Creed and Culture: the place of English-speaking Catholics in Canadian Society, 1750-1930, (McGill-Queen’s University Press,1993) and A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (Oxford University Press, 1996). In addition to these books, he has contributed a number of articles to Canadian and international academic journals and reference works. He is past editor and a long-time editorial board member of the Canadian Catholic Historical Society’s journal, Historical Studies. He is currently a collaborator on  a SSHRC partnership project to study the Irish population of Halifax in the nineteenth century. His contribution to the project will focus on the transformation of the religious life of Roman Catholics in the middle decades of the nineteenth century.

Dean Jobb

DeanJobbDean Jobb, an award-winning author and journalist, is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College. He discovered the story of Thomas Raddall and his mysterious American friend while researching Prince of Fraud: The Incredible True Story of Leo Koretz, Master of the Ponzi Scheme, and the Great Chicago Oil Swindle, to be published by New York-based Algonquin Books in the spring of 2015. Dean’s previous books include The Acadians: A People’s Story of Exile and Triumph (John Wiley & Sons 2005) and Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy (Nimbus 1994). He is a frequent contributor to Canada’s History magazine and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Business and other major publications. His website is www.deanjobb.com.

Dr. Alan Wilson

Born in Dartmouth, N.S. in 1927, Alan Wilson graduated from Dalhousie, B.A. (English), 1948, M.A. (Modern European Diplomatic History), 1950; and from Toronto, Ph.D. (Canadian History), 1959, under Donald Creighton, where he won the Harold Innis Scholarship. Married to writer, Budge (Archibald) Wilson, C.M., O.N.S., LL.D., D. Hum. L.; they have two daughters, Glynis (Trent ’79) and Andrea, R.N., and two grandsons.

  • Lecturer, Head of Department, Prince of Wales College, C’town, 1950-52;
  • Associate Professor, Acadia University, 1955-56, 1958-60;
  •  Associate Professor, Co-Head of History, University of Western Ontario, 1960-65, Chair of UWO’s Graduate History programme;
  • Professor & Founding Chair, History, Trent University, 1964-70, -89;
  • First Administrator, Classics, Trent University, 1965-7;
  • Professor, Founding Chair, Trent’s Canadian Studies Programme, ’72-89


  • Received Trent’s Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Elected to Trent’s Senate and Board of Governors.
  • Charter member and first Secretary, Faculty Association executive. Senate-elected adviser to Trent’s Native Studies Honours Programme.
  • Taught summer school at UBC.
  • Member and Chair of Programme Committee, Board of Canadian Historical Association; chair and inaugural speaker at founding of CHA Business History Section.
  • Lectured across Canada and the United States; at Canada House, London, and at the Universities of Mexico City, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Nantes, Rouen and Moscow.
  • Retired, 1989, to Halifax, briefly joined Saint Mary’s Gorsebrook Institute in Atlantic Studies.
  • Still lectures with Elderlearners and for SCANS on “The Development of the Atlantic Provinces” and “The Historical Context of Maritime Literature.”
  • Served ten years as Founding Chair of the Helen Creighton Folklore Foundation; now in 21st year on the South Shore Library Board, served two terms as Chair, and two as President of the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia, which granted him its Award of Merit.
  • Has written biographical and literary documentaries for CBC and the History Channel;
  • Delivered Acadia University’s and Queen’s County’s valedictory address to Thomas Raddall;
  • Edited 10-volume ‘Canadian Biographical Series’ published by the DCB, UTP  and Laval.
  • Has published three books; fourth in press at UTP, a biography of the early Maritimes’ Presbyterian leader and Scottish Enlightenment icon, Rev. James MacGregor.
  • Published over sixty encylopaedia and academic articles, including the introduction to the Hudson’s Bay Record Society’s Letters of C.J. Brydges, Sir Sandford Fleming’s chief rival in the West.
  • Working with a publisher on a first novel, set on the South Shore.
  • Remains free-lance editor and reader for various presses, for the Bilson Award and for the Writers Federation of N.S.
  •  A long-simmering summation is in preparation: The Mind of the Maritimes.

Catherine Cottreau-Robbins

CottreauRobbinsSmallKatie Cottreau-Robins is the Curator of Archaeology for the Nova Scotia Museum.  As Curator she works to steward an archaeological collection consisting of nearly half a million artifacts and representing every historic cultural group and time period in the province. Beyond the collection, her work focuses on collaborations and partnerships with institutions, departments and organizations seeking to manage, protect and study archaeological and heritage resources.  Katie works regularly with students at the undergraduate and graduate level. To enhance that work she recently joined Saint Mary’s Anthropology Department as an Adjunct Professor. Katie also has a research mandate at the Nova Scotia Museum.  As part of that mandate she graduated from Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program in October 2012. The presentation draws on her dissertation research.  As provincial archaeologist Katie has the opportunity to link to a wide range of heritage-related initiatives. Currently, she is part of the Editorial Board of MUSE, Canada’s national museum magazine and the Organizing Committee of the upcoming OMOHUNDRO Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference taking place here in Halifax this June.

Dr. Afua Cooper

A scholar, historian, poet, and social and cultural commentator, Dr. Afua Cooper’s expertise in and contributions to the arts, history, and education were recognized when she was presented in 2005 with the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, and in 2007 with the Planet Africa Renaissance Award. Afua holds a Ph.D. in Black Canadian Studies and the African Diaspora from the University of Toronto. Her expertise includes African Canadian culture, Black women’s history, gender, slavery, abolition, and freedom, Black literatures, and education. She has conducted research on African-descended people and their culture across Canada, and internationally in Jamaica, France, the United States, Britain, Senegal, and Ethiopia. Her co-authored publication We’re Rooted Here and they Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History won the Joseph Brant prize for the best history book. Her ground-breaking book on Canadian slavery, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal was nominated for the Governor General’s award. Afua has curated and worked on five exhibits including, The Underground Railroad, Next Stop Freedom, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. In addition, Afua has designed and taught courses on gender, and Black history and culture at several universities. She has also lectured on these topics nationally and internationally. Further, Dr. Cooper served as the coordinator and chief knowledge officer of the Ontario Initiative to Commemorate the Bicentenary of the British Slave Trade Abolition, in 2007. Her work on Black Canadian history and culture has made her the leading Canadian scholar in such fields.

Through her outstanding work and practice as a poet, she helped to centre dub poetry in Canada and beyond, and co-founded the Dub Poets Collective. As creative director of the DPC, Afua engaged communities through the literary arts, and thus enhanced the Canadian literary and cultural landscape. Further, she was instrumental in organizing several international dub poetry festivals. Afua has published five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems. Her poetry has a strong sense of memory, history, place, and spirituality. Further, Afua has published two historical novels, which have garnered Canadian and American awards. Her work in the creative arts has been recognized with the Premier of Ontario Award for Excellence in the Arts, a Governor General’s Award nomination, and internationally with the Beacon of Freedom Award (recently awarded for her book My Name is Phillis Wheatley).

In recognizing the tremendous multi-discipline contributions Afua Cooper has made to Canadian society and life, and internationally, Essence Magazine named her as one of the twenty-five women who are shaping the world.

As a result of her scholarship and praxis, she was appointed in 2011 as James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax. As the Johnston Chair, she launched the Chair’s distinguished lecture series which for the past two years has brought scholars, artists, and activists to Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia as part of the chair’s work in democratizing epistemologies and bridging the gap between the academy and community.

About the Journal

In 1998, the Society began publication of the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, a successor to both the Collections and the Nova Scotia Historical Review. It is published once a year, and Society members each receive a copy of the Journal as well as notification of the Society’s yearly lecture series and general meetings.

The journal has recently been made available online through ProQuest.

An index to the Collections and Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was prepared with the assistance and support of the PATHs program of Canada’s National History Society. They generously provided the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society with two grants which underwrote the preparation of an index that included all of the materials the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society has published since its inception in 1878. Click here to download full index pdf.  

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Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 16 2013

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society ; Vol. 16 ; 2013 Preface
Bertrum MacDonald

The King’s County World of The Reverend Edward Manning to 1846
Julian Gwyn

The Three Lives of Edward Cornwallis
John G. Reid

The Life and Career of M. Lillian Burke, 1880-1952
Edward M. Langille

Chinese Migration to the Maritimes: The Early Years, 1890-1947
James Morrison, Grace Bell and Albert Lee

A Fond but Extravagant Farewell: The Halifax Funeral of Prime Minister Sir John Thompson, 1895
David Sutherland

Louisa Neville, c. 1793-1841: Mrs. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Allen Penney

“Making Room for Wildlife and Tourists”: Contrasting Visions over Preserved Landscapes at the Proposed Ship Harbour National Park
Alison Froese-Stoddard

Imagining a Liberal Enlightenment: D.C. Harvey and a “Laboratory of History: for Nova Scotia Ian McKay Marbhrann do Donusll Mac-Gillios ph’ann am mor-thir Leaonas mac-gilliosa, an Ceann Loch-Morthir. (Deathverse for Donald Gillis who was in Morar) By Angus Gillis in Kinlock-Morar
John. G. Gibson

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M.Punch

An Account of the Family and Descendants of Dr. John Halliburton (1739-1808) of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gordon MacKay Haliburton  

Book Reviews

Celts in the Americas
Reviewed by Jerry White

The Education of an Innocent: An Autobiography
Reviewed by Corey Slumkoski

Nova Scotia’s Historic Rivers: The Waterways that Shaped the Province
Reviewed by Michael Earle

Cape Breton Railways: An Illustrated History
Reviewed by Jay Underwood

How Agriculture Made Canada: Farming in the Nineteenth Century
Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

City of Order: Crime and Society in Halifax
Reviewed by Henry Roper

Land and Sea: Environmental History in Atlantic Canada
Reviewed by Matthew G. Hatvany