Fonds 2008-043 - Albert Pearl and Mather Byles Pearl fonds

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Albert Pearl and Mather Byles Pearl fonds

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1 cm of textual records

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(ca. 1840-1910)

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Albert Pearl was born about 1840, the son of Walter and Ann Matilda (Church) Pearl. He served as the lighthouse keeper on Green Island (subsequently Pearl Island) which was established in 1874 at the mouth of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. He was first married to Caroline Hutt. He married his second wife, Mary Dauphinee, at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on 28 February 1895. He died on 20 November 1910.

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Mather Byles Pearl was born on 3 April 1876, the son of Albert and [Caroline Hutt?] Pearl. He succeeded his father as lighthouse keeper on Pearl Island after his death on 20 November 1910. He died on 5 January 1943.

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Fonds consists of five diaries kept by the Pearls in their capacity as lighthouse keepers for the Department of Marine, Canada - Lighthouse Service. The contents of the fonds record times when the lights were lit, extinguished and the total time in operation for the lighthouse on Green Island (subsequently Pearl Island), Nova Scotia, at the mouth of St. Margarets Bay. The diaries also include observations about the weather and winds.

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Image of the Pearl Island Lighthouse available in the Clara Dennis collection: "Pearl Island, Lunenburg Co." Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives 1981-54/963.

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