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Adams, Frank Dawson, 1859-1942

  • Person

Frank Dawson Adams was born 17 September 1859 in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating from Montreal High School, he completed his BSc (1878) and MA (1884) at McGill University, and later earned a PhD at Heidelberg University. In 1892 he married Mary Stuart Finlay. Adams died in Montreal on 26 December 1942.

Adams was a well-known geologist, educator and author with a long association with McGill University. He began lecturing at McGill in 1889 and held a number of prominent positions there, including Logan Professor of Geology, Dean of Applied Science, Director of the Redpath Museum, Acting Principal, Vice-Principal and Dean of Graduate Studies. He was also employed as a chemist and petrographer for the Geological Survey of Canada from 1913-1914, was Deputy Director of Khaki University in Britain, and actively participated in a number of national and international geological organizations, including the Geological Society of Canada.

Adams retired from McGill in 1924 and traveled widely while continuing his geological research and study. A recognized leader in his field, he was awarded the Flavelle Medal in 1937 and held honourary degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s, Mount Allison, Bishop’s, and Tufts. His articles were printed in American and Canadian journals, and he authored the well-regarded The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences in 1938.

Addison, Emily L

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Emily has been a long-time lover of Cape Breton music and dance. In her teen years, she began playing with Toronto-based Cape Bretoners like Donald MacLellan and John L MacDonald. As part of her undergraduate degree, she completed a thesis on the value and perception of dance halls in Inverness County. She has done some teaching of Cape Breton piano and step dance and continues to play within the tradition while expanding beyond to fit her context. She now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Agricultural Society

  • Corporate body

The Agricultural Society of Fox Harbour was established in November 1899 at Fox Harbour, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The provincial government supported the creation of such societies and appointed a Superintendent of Agricultural Associations to assist local branches and to administer grants to the societies. In 1908 the government published regulations for the societies, which included rules regarding county exhibitions. These groups were organized to encourage and promote the introduction of improved pure bred live stock and to hold agricultural shows and exhibitions. The Society at Fox Harbour had been established prior to the 1908 government-endorsed constitution and by-laws, however it appeared that they immediately embraced the government regulations. A date of dissolution is unknown.

Agricultural Society of Fox Harbour (Cumberland County, N.S.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1899-

The Agricultural Society of Fox Harbour was established in November 1899 at Fox Harbour, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The provincial government supported the creation of such societies and appointed a Superintendent of Agricultural Associations to assist local branches and to administer grants to the societies. In 1908 the government published regulations for the societies, which included rules regarding county exhibitions. These groups were organized to encourage and promote the introduction of improved pure bred live stock and to hold agricultural shows and exhibitions. The Society at Fox Harbour had been established prior to the 1908 government-endorsed constitution and by-laws, however it appeared that they immediately embraced the government regulations. A date of dissolution is unknown.

Aitchison, James, 1908-1994

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James (Jim) Hermiston Aitchison was born on January 22, 1908 to James C. and Elizabeth Aitchison in Innerleithen, Scotland. He came to Canada at age four and was raised and educated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Aitchison received a B.A. (1928) and B.Ed. (1929) from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics (1935). While in London, Aitchison married Oriole, with whom he had one daughter, Elizabeth. In 1953, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Aitchison’s career as an educator began in 1929. He taught high school from 1929 until 1933 and lectured at Brandon College (1935-1938), University of Toronto (1938-1939), and McMaster (1939-1941). Aitchison then became an associate professor at Victoria College (1946-1948). He also served with the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1946, reaching the rank of Major.

Aitchison came to Dalhousie in 1949 and served as head or chairman of the Department of Political Science until 1973. His research centred on Canadian politics and government and he wrote profusely on the topic. He also edited The Political Process in Canada: Essays in Honour of R. MacGregor Dawson in 1963. Aitchison was active in the Dalhousie community and served as the first president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association in 1951. Even after his retirement, Aitchison maintained a close connection with Dalhousie’s Department of Political Science, continuing to work in his office as late as 1993 at age eighty-five. He was also active in a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Social Science Research Council of Canada, where he served as president and chairman, respectively.

In the 1960s, Aitchison was also involved with the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, serving as chairman of the committee for the party (1961-1962), party president (1962-1964), president and acting leader (1964-1966), and leader (1966-1968). He also ran unsuccessfully for election in the 1962 and 1965 federal elections, as well as in the 1967 provincial election.

In 1993, Aitchison’s contributions to his field were honoured by the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association. He died in Halifax on July 12, 1994.

Aitkin, Mary Jane

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Mary Jane Aitkin lived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in the mid-19th century. Sophia Catherine Brehm lived in Halifax ca. 1857. Item is a deed of confirmation of land transfer from Sophia C. Brehm to Mary J. Aitkin of Pictou, Nova Scotia dated August 27, 1857.

Ajax Club (Halifax, N.S.)

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  • Corporate body
  • 1940-1942

The Ajax Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia was sponsored by the Interallied Hospitality Fund and established in August of 1940. The club's objective was to uphold the morale of servicemen, to bring warmth and joy into their lives, and help them forget the grim realities of war. The chair of the Ajax Club secured the use of the Odell House at the corner of Queen and Tobin Streets in Halifax for this purpose. The Ajax Club opened on 4 November 1940, with the official opening taking place on 14 December 1940 when Sir Gerald Campbell came from Ottawa. The club featured a library widely supported by donors and a bar that served beer to a maximum of two quarts a day. The ability to serve alcohol was considered controversial and on 23 February 1942 the license to sell alcohol was withdrawn by the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and the club was in effect closed.

Ajax Hospitality Headquarters (Halifax, N.S.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1942-1945

Ajax Hospitality Headquarters was established in 1942 and was located at 90 Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As the chair was Mrs. Janet E. McEuen, the organization is believed to have arisen out of the demise of the former Ajax Club, which she also chaired. The aim of the organization was to provide temporary sanctuary to men of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm and British Military Forces who armed the defensive equipment of the merchant ships. The men registered in Halifax and were sorted into groups that were sent out to smaller Nova Scotia communities. The following are the locations involved in the program and the dates they began to be active: Hantsport, (ca. 1943), Chester (August 1943), Musquodoboit Harbour (27 June 1944), Shubenacadie (6 July 1944), Sheet Harbour (23 August 1944), and Wolfville (1 January 1945). The project was also spearheaded by Financial Campaign Committee chairman, J. McGregor Stewart. They were aided further by similar financial committees in Ontario and Quebec. During 1944 the office in Halifax welcomed 25,184 visitors, according to its guest book. The operations of the organization are believed to have concluded with the end of the war in 1945.

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