Item - 90.9.126

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(1914 - 1985)

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The Maritime Home for Girls was established on 1 September 1914 by the Protestant Churches of the Maritime Provinces as a reformatory home and training school for girls under the age of 16 who were homeless, neglected, or considered to be delinquents. In addition to a regular public school curriculum, the girls were taught home economics and religion. The Home began as a singular building, with the addition of a cottage in 1917, and another two in the 1920s. The grounds consisted of 240 acres of land, 64 of which were being cultivated in the 1940s. They also kept Holstein cows and chickens on the farm which helped to finance the Home’s operation. The centre of the campus was Ross Hall. The Home partnered with the Local Council of Women for special events, such as flower shows. After encountering financial difficulties, responsibility for the Home was taken over by the Department of Public Welfare on 1 April 1967 and it was renamed to the Nova Scotia School for Girls. The school was converted to the Nova Scotia Residential Centre, a co-educational facility for emotionally disturbed children in February 1985, resulting in the closure of the Nova Scotia School for Girls.

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The item is a black and white photograph of the students at the Maritime Home for Girls performing a Christmas concert. There are small fir trees in front of the students, and the room is adorned with holiday decorations. On the back of the photograph, the following names are listed: Mary, Jennie, Blanche, Rose, Margaret, Mary, Nettie, Olive, Edith, Dorothy, Mabel, Mae, Velda, Verda, Dorothy, Elsie, Evangeline, Naeda, Margaret, Mary, Ethel, Mabel, Evelyn, Mary, and Marion.

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