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A.C. Hawkins fonds
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1836-1937, predominant 1885-1925 (Creation)
- Hawkins, A.C.
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18 cm of textual records
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Dr. Arthur Charles Hawkins, son of Charles A. Hawkins and Charlotte (Simpson) Hawkins, was born at Avondale (Newport Landing), N.S. in 1861. He attended Halifax Medical College and Dalhousie, completing his studies at McGill University, where he obtained his MD in 1885. He settled in Halifax where he was appointed house surgeon at the Provincial and City Hospital by the Commission of Public Charities, 1885-1886. He then served as coroner for Halifax County and later held positions as medical officer with the Immigration Branch of the Department of the Interior and as attending surgeon at Victoria General Hospital. Hawkins served as Halifax City alderman for ward six, 1897-1908. He lost the election for mayor in 1908 but was returned to the Council as alderman for ward five, 1911-1913. He was mayor of Halifax, 1918-1919, but was defeated in the 1919 election and again in the mayoralty election of 1920. A former Liberal Party supporter, he ran unsuccessfully for the Labour Party in the 1921 federal election in the dual riding of Halifax. Hawkins was also active in the field of public health, as well as community organizations aimed at helping the poor. He opened his home to assist victims of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Married to Caroline (Cassie) McLelan Spike, they had six children: Gertrude (Dolly), Rupert, Dorothy, Arthur, Mary Caroline (Carol), and James ("Pete"). Hawkins died 19 March 1926 at Halifax.
Records were donated in 1982 by Hawkins' grandson, Dr. Henry Roper of Halifax, who had found them previously among his late mother's personal effects. Dr. Roper's mother, Carol (Hawkins) Roper, was the youngest daughter of A.C. Hawkins.
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Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by Hawkins, relating to his career in medicine in Halifax and his political and personal activities. Includes correspondence concerning his medical appointments, patients and their conditions, and cases of professional misconduct; letters and legal documents concerning Supreme Court cases, Hawkins v. Snow and Hawkins v. McNally. Also includes family correspondence between Hawkins and his sister Annabel (Hawkins) Brehaut, letters from siblings Giles and Ella, letters from Hawkins to his children, and letters to and from acquaintances; deeds and other legal records concerning Hawkins' property on Gottingen Street and the related court case; correspondence, report, and other items regarding Hawkins' activities as mayor, including a draft letter discussing the Halifax Explosion; medical examinations and certificates; receipts; newspaper clippings; notes; miscellaneous items relating to Hawkins' involvement in political party associations; and estate papers pertaining to Charles and Charlotte Hawkins.
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Dalhousie University Archives also has an Arthur Charles Hawkins fonds which consists of admission tickets to the various hospitals and medical schools where he studied. The tickets were used for admission to lectures or hospital wards.