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.

Dr. William R. Miles & Dr. Michael E. Vance



William R. Miles is a PhD candidate in History at Memorial University. His doctoral research focuses on the early modern Atlantic naval convoy system. In addition to presenting several conference papers on the subject, he has published “The Newfoundland Convoy, 1711,” in  Northern Mariner, Vol. XVIII, Issue 2 (2008): 61-83 as well as several scholarly reviews in  Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Northern Mariner and the International Journal of Maritime History. His most recent publication is “Irish Soldiers, Pensions and Imperial Migration during the Early Nineteenth Century” Britain and the World, Vol. VI, Issue 2 (Sept. 2013): 243-257.




Michael E. Vance is Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research focusses on nineteenth century Scottish emigration and he has published several articles on Lowland emigration to Upper Canada. He has also written on the historical nature of Scottish identity in Nova Scotia in a collection of essays co-edited, with Marjory Harper, entitled Myth, Migration and the Making of Memory: Scotia and Nova Scotiac. 1600-1990 (1999) and in his contributions to Celeste Ray, ed., Transatlantic Scots (2005). His most recent publication is Imperial Immigrants: Scottish Settlers in the Upper Ottawa Valley, 1815-1840 (Toronto: Dundurn, 2012).

Dr. Elizabeth Mancke

Elizabeth-ManckeDr. Elizabeth Mancke is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canadian Studies at the University of New Brunswick.  Her research has focused on how European overseas expansion has shaped political practices and institutions from local government to international relations, an interest that grew out of early research on Atlantic Canada where many practices were experimented with and honed.  Her publications include The Fault Lines of Empire: Political Differentiation in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, c.1760-1830, and Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, 1500-1850, co-edited with Huw V. Bowen and John G. Reid, as well as a number of articles.  She is currently engaged in developing a database of all the pre-Confederation legislation of the British North American colonist, from 1758 to 1867, as well as writing a book entitled Imperium Unbound: European Overseas Expansion and the Making of Modern Geopolitics.

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 15 2012

Bertrum H. MacDonald

Four Hundred Years of Mapping in the Upper Bay of Fundy: Changing Coastal Environments and Economies, 1550-1950
Robert Summerby-Murray

Liability or Asset?: Support for Newfoundland’s Entry into Confederation in Cape Breton and Halifax
Corey Slumkoski

Diphtheria and the Doctors: The Halifax Epidemic of 1890-91
David A. Sutherland

“Altogether Unsatisfactory”: Revisiting the Opening of the Immigration Facility at Halifax’s Pier 21
Steven Schwinghamer  

The M. Lillian Burke Archive at the Beaton Institute
Edward M. Langille  

The Union Bank of Halifax, 1856-1910
James D. Frost  

James Murray Beck
Allan Dunlop  

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M. Punch.  

Three Generations of the Descendants of Corporal John Robertson and Margaret Hauptman
Eleanor Robertson Smith  

Book Reviews

Heroes of the Acadian Resistance: The Story of Joseph Beausoleil Broussard and Pierre II Surette, 1702-1765
Reviewed by: Sally Ross  

Vanishing Schools, Theatened Communities: the contested schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010
Reviewed by: Robert Nicholas Bérard  

A Colonial Portrait: The Halifax Diaries of Lady Sherbrooke 1811-1816
Reviewed by: Sheila Johnson Kindre  

The Intrigues of Archbishop John T. McNally and the Rise of Saint Mary’s University
Reviewed by: Blair Beed  

Necessaries and Sufficiencies: Planter Society in Londonderry, Onslow and Truro Townships, 1761-1780
Reviewed by: Julian Gwyn

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 14 2011

Bertrum H. MacDonald

“Writing my memoirs depressed me”: Florence E. Welton and the CCF in Nova Scotia

Smith, Nathaniel; Guildford, Janet.

Medical Education and Health Research Innovator: Chester Bryant Stewart (1910-1999), MD, OC.

G. Ross Langley

Thomas Chandler Haliburton: Complications and Contradictions

Henry Roper

Dempsey Jordan (c. 1771/72-1859): Teacher, Preacher, Farmer, Community Leader, and Loyalist Settler at Guysborough and Tracadie

John N. Grant

Learning the Law: the Legal Apprenticeship of William Young in Nineteenth-Century Halifax

William H. Laurence

Small Pleasures: Gifts and Trade in Personal Correspondence between France and Louisbourg

Anne Marie Lane Jonah

“An immediate solution to our nurse shortage”: The reorganization of nursing work in Nova Scotia, 1940-1970

Peter L. Twohig

Loss of Social Cohesion in early 20th Century Africville

Judith Fingard

A Further Note on Captain Thomas Durell’s Charts of Nova Scotia

William Welch

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch

A Tradition of Religious Service: The Quinans of Nova Scotia

Heather Long


Book Reviews

Rise Again! The Story of Cape Breton Island
Reviewed by: Brian Douglas Tennyson

Elizabeth LeFort: Canada’s Artist in Wool/L’artiste canadienne de la laine

Reviewed by: Joan Dawson

Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada: The Adventurer and Map Maker’s Formative Years

Reviewed by: Sheila Kindred

Building Democracy: The History and Architecture of the Legislative Buildings of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick

Reviewed by: Allen Penny

Underground Nova Scotia: Stories of Archaeology

Reviewed by: William Naftel

The Capture of Louisbourg, 1758

Reviewed by: Julian Gwyn

Making Up the State: Women in 20th-Century Atlantic Canada

Reviewed by: Judith Fingard

Sweet Suburb: A History of Prince’s Lodge, Birch Cove & Rockingham
Reviewed by: M. Brook Taylor

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 13 2010


Henry Roper

The Ritchie Sisters and Social Improvement in Early 20th Century Halifax

Judith Fingard


Slavery in English Nova Scotia, 1750-1810

Harvey Amani Whitfield


“I sold it as an industry as much as anything else”: Nina Cohen, the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum and Canada’s 1967 Centennial Celebrations

Meaghan Beaton


Halifax’s Encounter with the North-West Uprising of 1885

David A. Sutherland


Rum, Revenue and Roads: The Licensing of Public Houses in Nova Scotia, 1749-1831

Emily Burton


“Remarks and Rough Memorandums”: Social Sets, Sociability, and Community in the Journal of William Booth, Shelburne, 1787 and 1789(1)

Bonnie Huskins


The Little White Schoolhouse: Myth and Reality in Nova Scotian Education, 1850-1940

Paul Bennett


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch


Flemming of Ketch Harbour: The First Five Generations

Terrence M. Punch


Book Reviews


Reviewed by: Greg Marquis


Book Review: The Lion & the Lily: Nova Scotia between 1600-1760, Vol. I & Vol II

Reviewed by: Jeff Turner


Book Review: A Trying Question: The jury in nineteenth-century Canada

Reviewed by: Michael Boudreau


Book Review: IWK: A century of caring for families

Reviewed by: Frances Gregor


Book Review: The Grammar School: Striving for excellence for 50 years in a public school world

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLeod


Book Review: Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A historians’ journey through public memory

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLeod


Book Review: Nova Scotia’s Lost Highways: The early roads that shaped the province

Reviewed by: Laurie Stanley-Blackwell


Book Review: Discovering Cape Breton Folklore

Reviewed by: Michael Earle

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 12 2009


Henry Roper


Writing Reform: Amelia Fytche and Her Literary Context, 1890-1918

Gwendolyn Davies


“Symbolizing in Stone” an event of “Imperishable Importance:” Halifax’s Memorial Tower and Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Representative Government



James Cook: Cartographer in the Making 1758-1762

Sheila Johnson Kindred


The Golden Age of Piracy in Nova Scotia: Three Case Studies, 1720-1724

Dan Conlin


Thomas Chandler Haliburton and Steamships

Richard A.Davies


“Wild Bill” Livingstone Goes to War: A Diary and Letters 1916-19

Brian Douglas Tennyson


Operations at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré in 1755: A Soldier’s Diary

Jonathan Fowler & Earle Lockerby


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch


The White Family of Lunenburg, Kings and Queens Counties: a Scots-Irish Family

Kenneth S. Paulsen


Book Reviews

Erin’s Sons: Irish arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853. Vol. II

Reviewed by: R.G. Beed


Captain Alex MacLean: Jack London’s Sea Wolf

Reviewed by: Michael Earle


Canada’s Atlantic Gateway: An illustrated history of the Port of Halifax

Reviewed by: Peter Moreira


Dance to the Piper: The Highland Bagpipe in Nova Scotia

Reviewed by: Scott MacMillan


The Reluctant Land. Society, Space, and the Environment in Canada before Confederation

Reviewed by: Julian Gwyn