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  

Dr. Sally Ross


Born in Halifax, Sally Ross has a B.Sc. and an M.A. from Dalhousie University and a Licence dès Lettres and her doctorate from the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France. After teaching the history and culture of French Canada for 10 years, she has specialized in Acadian studies and lived from her pen since 1983. She co-authored with Alphonse Deveau the prizing-winning book The Acadians of Nova Scotia which was also published in French. Her book Les Écoles Acadiennes en Nouvelle-Écosse, 1758-2000, published by the Université de Moncton, traces the struggles for French-language education in Nova Scotia. She has translated 15 books and written numerous articles. For over 10 years, she has worked in various capacities for the Société Promotion Grand-Pré and from 2009 to 2012 served as media relations person. She is secretary of Les Amis de Grand-Pré and a member of the Commission de l’Odyssée Acadienne dedicated to the international commemoration of the Deportation.


Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Dr BlackwellDr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, a graduate of Mount Allison University (B.A. Hons. with Distinction), Dalhousie University (M.A.) and Queen’s University (Ph.D.), has taught Canadian history at St. Francis Xavier University since 1989.  She is the author of such works as Unclean! Unclean! Leprosy in New Brunswick, 1844-1880The Well-Watered Garden: The Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton, 1798-1860, Historic Antigonish: Town and County, and Tokens of Grace: Cape Breton’s Open-Air Communion Tradition.  She is currently researching the role of physical strength as a cultural marker among Nova Scotia’s Scots, and the significance of cemeteries in Eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton as cultural landscapes and emblems of Scottish ethnicity.