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Halifax Division [pre-1953] fonds
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- Girl Guides of Canada. Nova Scotia Council. Halifax Division.
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- 45 cm of textual records
- 7 cm of graphic material (61 photos, 2 albums)
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The city of Halifax has been acknowledged as the cradle of Guiding in Nova Scotia. The 1st Halifax Guide Company was formed in 1911 and met at Trinity Church, lead by Mary Ritchie and Mary Fraser. Mary Ritchie had encountered the Guiding movement overseas and decided to introduce it to Nova Scotia upon her return. Approximately thirty girls joined the new Halifax-based company and participated in activities such as hiking, swimming and nature study. The company quickly disbanded when Mary Fraser left her position. By 1913 Guiding had spread throughout the province, however it would only return to the Halifax Area in 1920, with the formation of the first Bedford Guide company, under the leadership of Ruth Christie. From this point on, Guiding in the Halifax area grew quickly. In 1923 Halifax had two companies of Sea Guides, the first companies in Canada. In 1932 a Ranger company and two Sea Cadet companies formed in Halifax, and Brownie packs began to flourish. Dorothy Duncan was elected as the first Halifax District Commissioner.
During this period Halifax Division roughly encompassed the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, Bedford and the county. Halifax Area was formally created in 1953, with the joining of Halifax Division and the Dartmouth districts under Area Commissioner, Marjorie Gates. Originally, Dartmouth girls who wished to participate in Guiding had to cross the Harbour and join a Halifax company. These girls later became leaders of packs and companies in Dartmouth. In 1930 Dartmouth had a large enough membership to form a district, and Vivien Dorey, a member of the original 1911 Guide company, became Dartmouth's first District Commissioner.
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Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, special events, histories and other material created by the Halifax Division.
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The year 1953 was chosen as a cut off date for fonds contents, based on the fact that it was in this year that Halifax Division and Dartmouth District were joined to form Halifax Area.
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Related records can be found in the Vivien Dorey fonds, Dartmouth Division fonds, Bedford Division fonds and Halifax Area fonds.