Statute Labour books

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Statute Labour books

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  • Attributions and conjectures: A note on the inside cover of each book written by J.P. Martin (the Town Historian) indicates that the books were found in the City attic and identifies them as probably being statute labour books.

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  • 1843-1844 (Creation)

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.5 cm of textual records (3 vol.)

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Custodial history

These records were transferred from the City of Dartmouth to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum in 1978. They were transferred to HRM Archives in 2008.

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File consists of statute labour books from 1843 to 1844. Statute labour refers to the practice whereby citizens do labour, usually on roads, as part of the payment of municipal taxes. The statute books record the names of the citizens engaged in statute labour, and in some cases give additional details about their payment in lieu of working. There are two books for the year 1844 which appear to be duplicates, but not exactly.

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Books are fragile and should be handled with care.

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