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

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 11 2008


David A. Sutherland


“The first that ever was publish’d in the Province”: John Bushell’s Halifax Gazette, 1752-1761

Dean Jobb


Pioneers of a Silver Craft in Acadia, 1700-1755

Ross Fox


Noel Doiron and the East Hants Acadians

Shawn Scott & Tod Scott.


Global Expectations, Local Pressures: Some Dilemmas of a World Heritage Site

Claire Campbell


Nova Scotia’s Liberal Patronage System in the 1930s

T. Stephen Henderson


Edith Jessie Archibald: Ardent Feminist and Conservative Reformer

Janet Guildford


Thunderclap of Reform: Hilda Neatby’s So Little for the Mind and the Halifax Grammar School Experiment, 1953-1958

Paul W. Bennett


Reading Scientific and Technical Literature: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Nova Scotian Mining Engineer, Edwin Gilpin

Lawrence J. Duggan & Bertrum H. MacDonald


Research Note: Captain Thomas Durell’s Charts of Nova Scotia

William Welch


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch


The Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Descendants of Mason Cogswell of Cornwallis

Heather Long


Book Reviews

The Nova Scotia Black Experience Through the Centuries

Reviewed by: John Grant


The Power of the Press: The Story of Early Canadian Printers and Publishers

Reviewed by: Carl Robert Keyes


Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg’s Last Decade

Reviewed by: Julian Gwyn


December 1917: Re-visiting the Halifax Explosion

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLead


Quarantine, What is Old is New. Halifax and the Lawlor’s Island Quarantine Station: 1866-1938

Reviewed by: Peter L. Twohig


The Mapmaker’s Legacy: Nineteenth Century Nova Scotia through Maps

Reviewed by: Larry McCann


Erin’s sons: Irish arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853

Reviewed by: R.G. Beed


The Dominion of Youth: Adolescence and the Making of Modern Canada, 1920 to 1950

Reviewed by: Janet Guildford


Tokens of Grace: Cape Breton’s open-air communion tradition

Reviewed by: James St Clair

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 10 2007


David A. Sutherland


The Prat Sisters: Free Spirits of the 1890s

Margaret Campbell


Jane Austen’s Naval Brother Charles on the North American Station 1805-1811

Sheila Johnson Kindred


“That privilege … of having Grand Jurymen from our towns”: Grand Juries, Municipal Reform, and Responsible Government in Nova Scotia, 1833-1879

R. Blake Brown


“Father” Chiniquy Comes to Halifax: Sectarian Conflict in 1870s Nova Scotia

David Sutherland


Sailors and Citizens: Press Gangs and Naval-Civilian Relations in Nova Scotia, 1756-1815

Keith Mercer


The Acadian Deportation in a Comparative Context: An Introduction

A.J.B. (John) Johnston


HMS Fantome, and the British Raid on Washington August 1814

George F.W. Young


Few, Uncooperative, and Endangered: The Troubled Activity of the Roman Catholic Missionaries in Acadia, 1610-1710

Matteo Binasco


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch


Christian Henninger of Hants County, his Children, and his Sons’ Children

Isabel Pilkington Henniger


Book Reviews

Vie et mort du couple en Nouvelle-France: Québec and Louisbourg au XVIIIe siècle

Reviewed by: Sally Ross


New England and the Maritime Provinces: Connections and Comparisons

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLeod


Angus L. Macdonald: A Provincial Liberal

Reviewed by: Jennifer Smith

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 9 2006


D.A. Sutherland


An American in Halifax: Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and the Design and Construction of All Saints Cathedral

William Naftel


The Edward Ross Diaries

Deborah Trask


Nova Scotia as Represented in The Master by Israel Zangwill

Lilian Falk & Sandra Barry


The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brown: Nova Scotia’s Elusive Historian

Sara Beanlands


The Halifax Protestant Orphans’ Home: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Life of A Victorian Institution, 1857-1970

Donald Chard


 Missions to the Mi’kmaq: Malagawatch and Chapel Island in the 18th Century

B.A. Balcom & A.J.B. Johnston


The University Contribution to Canadian Multiculturalism: A Case Study of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Correction and Addendum

James D. Cameron


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch


Genealogy of the States Family of Kings, Cumberland and Hants Counties, Nova Scotia

David W. States


Book Reviews

Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion, 1917 Laura

Reviewed by: David A.Sutherland


The Dynamite Fiend: The Chilling Story of Alexander Keith Jr., Nova Scotian spy, Con Artist and International Terrorist

Reviewed by: Francis I.W.Jones


Prince Edward’s Legacy. The Duke of Kent in Halifax: Romance and Beautiful Buildings

Reviewed by: Henry Roper


Sods, Soil, and Spades: The Acadians at Grand Pré and their Dykeland Legacy

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLeod


Crossings: Fifty Years of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge

Reviewed by: Malcolm MacLeod


Visiting Grandchildren: Economic Development in the Maritimes

Reviewed by: Janet Guildford


Fifty Years in the Practice of Law

Reviewed by: William Laurence

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 8 2005


Judith Fingard


From Eliza Frame to Phyllis Blakeley: Women and the Nova Scotia Historical Society

Judith Fingard


The Women of the St. John Ambulance Brigade: Volunteer Nursing Auxiliaries in War-time and Post-war Halifax

Frances Gregor


Halifax: The Wharf of the Dominion, 1867-1914

James D. Frost


The Starr Manufacturing Company: Skate Exporter to the World

Brian Cuthbertson


Celebrating the Joseph Howe Centennial in 1904: an Exercise in Selective Recall

David A. Sutherland


Samuel Cunard 1787-1865: “As Fine A Specimen of a Self-made Man as This Western Continent Can Boast Of”

John G. Langley


The University Contribution to Canadian Multiculturalism: A Case Study of St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish, Nova Scotia

James D. Cameron


Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles

Terrence M. Punch


A Genealogy: Introduction

Terrence M. Punch.


The Parentage and Progeny of David Archibald, Esquire, of Truro, Nova Scotia

Allan E. Marble


Book Reviews

Georges Island: The Keep of Halifax Harbour

Reviewed by: Ronald H. McDonald


European Origins and Colonial Travails: The Settlement of Lunenburg/Steiniger Weg in die Neue Welt: Protestantische Siedler Gründen Lunenburg

Reviewed by: Christine Horne


The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle

Reviewed by: Allan Dunlop


Cape Bretoniana: An annotated bibliography

Reviewed by: Karen Smith


Merchant Princes : Halifax’s First Family of Finance, Ships and Steel

Reviewed by: David B. Flemming


The Siege of Fort Beauséjour, 1755

Reviewed by: Brian Cuthbertson


Frigates and Foremasts: The North Atlantic Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters

Reviewed by: David R. Jones


After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton 1773-1852

Reviewed by: Terrence M. Punch