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Photograph Album · Item · 1934

Fonds consists of one album of photos compiled by R.W. Cautley, in December 1934, as part of a Report to the Commissioner of National Parks for Proposed National Parks in Nova Scotia. Cautley's inspection of proposed sites for national parks was an influential factor in the creation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in 1936.
Photographs depict landscapes of various locations in Nova Scotia, including Yarmouth, Weymouth, Carleton River, and aerial photographs of Scot Bay, Cape Split, and Cape Blomidon. Also includes photographs of the landscapes along the former No. 4 Highway to Cape Breton Island, NS, the Bras d'Or Lakes, Louisbourg, Whycocomagh, Cheticamp River, and the Margaree River.
Also depicted are various landscapes along the Cabot Trail such as Mackenzie Valley, Pleasant Bay Intervale, Red River, Aspy River, Cape North, Dingwall Harbour, Ingonish, and Indian Brook. The album also includes portraits of H. F. Laurence, Department of Highways Engineer; J. Barrington, M.L.A.; and Richard W. Cautley, Dominion Land Surveyor, and one picture of a proposed bridge location over the Cheticamp River.

Cautley, Richard W.
2017-056 · Item · December 14, 1917

Consists of one handwritten letter Edward wrote to his brother George Mason (1872-1939) in Eastern Point, Lunenburg County, describing the family’s situation 8 days after the Explosion: lack of communication channels, damage to his house, injuries of family members, news of friends, and where the family is living temporarily. Several male members of the family decided to stay in a section of their damaged house, using it as a “winter camp”, in order to gain employment repairing and rebuilding the city. The photograph, found with the letter, is of 2 women, a man and a boy happily enjoying a summer day. Their identities are unconfirmed but assumed to be members of the Mason family.

Mason, Edward J.
2014-040 · Item · December 21, 1917

Consists of one handwritten letter written by Private Joseph Settle, while stationed at the Halifax Armouries, to Mr. F. Frankum, Montreal, on December 21, 1917. The letter provides a firsthand account of the Halifax Explosion and its aftermath.

Settle, J.
2016-027 · Item · 1962

Item is a handwritten and illustrated memoir by Simone Stehelin, describing her experiences of travelling from France to Nova Scotia in 1895 at the age of ten and settling in her new home in the woods outside Weymouth where she lived with her parents, 7 brothers and 4 sisters until 1910. The memoir is in French and includes 2 printed and hand-coloured maps of the area as well as 35 pen and ink drawings, some in colour. The memoir was written in 1962 in Paris, France.

Stehelin, Simone
Railway Employee ledger
Item · ca. 1898 - ca. 1939

The large ledger records employee information for railway workers between ca. 1898 and ca. 1939, a time span which encompass several railways (the ledger was likely started by the local Intercolonial Railway office and was continued after Canadian National Railway took over). The amount of information captured for each employee varies, but always includes full name, dates of hiring, position and rate of pay. Some entries include more genealogical information, including place of birth, place of current residence (usually Halifax), religion and even more narrative information like who recommended the individual for employment and reasons for dismissal (including death, laid off, and being called for military service).

Canadian National Railway
2017-064 · Item · between 1885 and 1892

Item is a lithographic print of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Thompson (1845-1894) showing him standing behind his desk. The print was done by Desbarats & Co. of Montreal, Quebec.

Desbarats and Company
2017-038 · Item · 1936-1937

Item is a photograph album of road construction workers, machines, vehicles, and community landscapes of Belliveau’s Cove, Digby County; Woods Harbour, Shelburne County; Mill Village, Queens County; East Pubnico, Yarmouth County; and Barton, Digby County, all in Nova Scotia. Some photographs are given captions and include names of the machinery and people: Frank Hiltz, Cerita Doucett, Hazel, Fidelis LeBlanc, Ira Blinn, Earnie [sic] Frank, Harry Frank, Dennis Saulnier, Bill Rutledge, Alf Haack, W.P. Bickle, Fred Heath, Terry Crowell, and George Fletcher. Album also includes a list of locations worked with dates. The name of the photographer is unknown.