Fonds - Nova Scotia Post Office fonds

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Nova Scotia Post Office fonds

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  • 1769-1897, predominant 1769-1878 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia. Post Office

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6 m of textual records

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The first post office in Canada was established in Halifax in 1754. By 1783, seven more post offices had been established in the colony: Sydney, Annapolis, Digby, Shelburne, New Edinburgh, Windsor, and Wolfville. Until the outbreak of the War of 1812, the main internal mail route in the colony was between Halifax and Annapolis Royal, from where the mail from New Brunswick and the Canadas was sent forward. In the early 1800s, as was the case in the other colonies, the Nova Scotia Post Office was under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Postmaster General. The friction that developed in the Canadas between the legislatures and the Imperial Postal Service was not present in Nova Scotia, primarily because the legislature had appointed a committee to work with the deputy postmaster general. By 1817, there were established mail routes through the western counties to Yarmouth and Shelburne, from Halifax to the New Brunswick border, and from Truro to Pictou and Antigonish. Nova Scotia took a leading role in the negotiations that lead to the assumption of colonial responsibility for postal service in 1851. After Confederation, in 1867, postal services became a responsibility of the federal government.

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Fonds consists of 4 Series: Postmaster General's correspondence (1825-1862); Financial records (1769-1868); Returns and other material (1846-1897, predom. 1846-1870); and Tenders (1851-1859).

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Halifax Post Office inspector's records located at the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.

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For additional information on postal service in Nova Scotia, see Fergusson, C. Bruce. "The HalifaxPost Office." Dalhousie Review. 38.1 (Spring 1958): 39-46 and Smith, William. "The Early PostOffice in Nova Scotia, 1755-1867." Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society. 19 (1918): 53-73. Available in the NSARM Library.

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