Terrence M. Punch, C.M., M.A., D.Litt., F.I.G.R.S., C.G.©

An appreciation

Dr. Terrence M. Punch, CM, has passed away. A long time champion of Nova Scotia’s heritage, Terry was active in many organizations including the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, and many others. He was President of the RNSHS and the Genealogical editor in the RNSHS Journal, and was awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Saint Mary’s University in 2000. Terry championed the cause of family history and shared his encyclopedic knowledge of family names and backgrounds through books, presentations and workshops. Perhaps he is best known for his monthly presentations on CBC radio’s Radio Noon phone-in programme.

Terry Punch had a profound influence on the way we see our past both personal and public. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Terry’s wife Pam and her family.


Halifax Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PUNCH, Terrence Michael (CM)

Terrence Michael Punch died on April 11, 2017. He was a son of the late Michael and Edythe (Little) Punch (of Halifax), and father of the late Jill and Sara Punch. He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Beaulieu; his beloved son, Sean (Bonnie), Montreal; and caring sister, Carolyn Smedley of Halifax. He was a retired educator, and active in history and genealogy circles. He was a regular columnist, book reviewer, and author of several books in his fields of interest. He was a regular guest of CBC Maritime Noon for many years. Details of these and his other activities may be found in recent editions of ‘Who’s Who in Canada’. Terry wished to thank his family for their love and support over many years, and his many friends and colleagues who rallied around during his fight with cancer. Without those prayers and favours, the struggle would have been unbearable. His remains have been cremated. A memorial service will be held in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to Feed Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com

Annual Dinner 2017

Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 — 6:00 for 6:30
Dalhousie University Club
6259 Alumni Crescent located just off South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lecture: “Nebooktook — In the Woods” by Mike Parker

A richly illustrated presentation focusing upon an eclectic mix of history,
heritage, and nostalgia that celebrates the traditions, natural beauty, and
intrinsic values of Nova Scotia‘s woods and waters.


Tangled Thai Salad:

Shredded Napa cabbage, julienne of cucumber, carrot, daikon radish finished with
peanuts, quinoa, fresh lime and a peanut coconut cilantro dressing (Vegan and GF)

Moroccan spiced Lentil, Kale, Sweet Potato Cassoulet with fresh cherry tomatoes,
mint, turmeric and ginger served with University Club rice (Vegan and GF)


Tuscan Chicken stuffed with Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers and Sage
served with chef’s choice of potatoes and vegetables

Chocolate decadent brownie plated with berries (GF)

Tea and coffee

$47 per person payable in advance before Thursday, 13 April.
Maximum seating for
50 people.

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to “Royal Nova Scotia Historical
Society” and mailed to:

Rosemary Barbour, RNSHS Membership Secretary
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1W4

For reservations contact Rosemary Barbour at rosemary.barbour@novascotia.ca
or Telephone: 902-424-6070, with choice of menu option (Moroccan cassoulet or Tuscan chicken).

Please note that cancellations can not be accepted after 13 April.

RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Designing Nova Scotia's History

Andrew Steeves, Gaspereau Press

 The printing trade has always been closely associated with the organization and dissemination of scholarly texts. In modern times, scholarly publishing has evolved into an area of specialization most often undertaken by university presses, but for a range of reasons (and to varying degrees of success) trade
publishers continue to take on scholarly projects in an attempt to present them to a wider readership.
 In his illustrated talk, Gaspereau Press's Andrew Steeves will discuss a few representative examples of works of historical scholarship published in Nova Scotia since 1752, paying specific attention to the ways in which the design and production of these publications succeed or fail in answering the requirements of their text.

Click here for a bio of Andrew Steeves.

RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

‘after planting their few potatoes they wander about the Island’: The Mi'kmaq
and British Agricultural Policies in Nineteenth Century Nova Scotia.

Courtney Mrazek, Doctoral Student, University of New Brunswick

 Beginning in the early eighteenth century, British colonizers in Nova Scotia, a portion of the territory known by its indigenous inhabitants as Mi’kma’ki, sought to reform Mi’kmaw people’s concepts and utilization of land through agricultural policies. They hoped that in doing so, the Mi’kmaq would become stationary instead of transient, and ultimately be “civilized.” While the Mi’kmaq never became the agriculturalists the British envisioned, they did participate in sporadic farming activities and made active use of the British legal system to petition the government for various aids and rights. This presentation will argue that although the agricultural policies the British hoped would “civilize” the Mi’kmaq fell short of their intended outcome, Mi’kmaw communities negotiated their pressures and possibilities, managing to use agricultural opportunities to alleviate difficult social and economic circumstances through a myriad of treaty expectations and negotiations, friendships, petitions, and gift-giving.

Click here for a bio of Courtney Mrazek.

RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Training of the Jewish Legion at Fort Edward during the First World War

Sara Beanlands, Principal and Senior Archaeologist, Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc.

 In 1917, the British War Office approved the raising of a Jewish military contingent for active duty in Palestine. This Jewish fighting force, which included the 38th, 39th, 40th and 42nd Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers, became known as the Jewish Legion. The Imperial Recruiting and Training Depot was established at Fort Edward, in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1918, to serve as a basic training centre and point of departure for all North American recruits. Among the Jewish soldiers that underwent basic training at Fort Edward were David Ben‐Gurion and Yitzhak Ben‐Zvi, later to become the first Prime Minister and second President of the State of Israel. This talk will look at the training of the Jewish Legion in Nova Scotia — a brief but important episode in the sequence of events that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and the formation of the modern geo‐political world.

Click here for a bio of Sara Beanlands.

RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nebooktook — In the Woods

Mike Parker – author, research associate affiliated with the Gorsebrook Research Institute

Note: This lecture takes place at our Annual Banquet at the Dalhousie University Club. Tickets will be available to purchase in March.

Update: Banquet details are now available

 A richly illustrated presentation focusing upon an eclectic mix of history, heritage and nostalgia that celebrates the traditions, natural beauty and intrinsic values of Nova Scotia’s woods and waters.

Click here for a bio of Mike Parker.

RNSHS Public Lecture – Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The “Fort Point Frasers” and the Great War

Bruce MacDonald

 This presentation provides an overview of the Great War service of three siblings from a prominent Pictou County family. Alistair, Margaret Marjorie “Pearl”, and James Gibson Laurier Fraser were the children of Duncan Cameron Fraser, Member of Parliament for Guysborough (1891–1904), Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice (1904–06) and Lieutenant‐Governor (1906–10) and Elizabeth “Bessie” Graham, New Glasgow. The family has a lengthy connection with Guysborough County, through Duncan Cameron Fraser's service as its MP, as well as the family's ownership of a tract of land at Fort Point, near the town of Guysborough. Alistair and Pearl crossed the North Atlantic to England with the First Canadian Contingent in October 1914, while their youngest sibling, Laurier, enlisted for service in 1916. Their stories encompass the entire course of the war, and highlight the service and sacrifice that was sadly typical of the experiences of many Nova Scotian and Canadian “Great War” families.

Click here for a bio of Bruce MacDonald.

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

Born at Antigonish, NS, attended Antigonish High School, St. Francis Xavier University (Bachelor of Arts, Honours History, 1973; Bachelor of Education, 1976; Master of Education, 2003) and the University of New Brunswick (Masters of History, 1978). Taught public school in the Antigonish school system from 1976 to 2011. Also former sessional instructor, School of Education program, StFX.