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Following the retirement of long-time Editor, Dr. Brian Cuthbertson, and the appointment of a new Editor, Copy Editor, and Editorial Committee, publication of the next two Journals of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society will be delayed until March 2018 (volume 20 for year 2016-17) and October 2018 (volume 21 for year 2017-18). The usual publication schedule will resume with volume 22 in September 2019. All members who have paid dues for 2016-17 will receive a copy of volume 20 in March/April 2018.

Editorial board

Editor:  Anne Marie Lane Jonah, editor@rnshs.ca

Genealogy Editor:  Kenneth Paulsen, genealogyeditor@rnshs.ca

Book Review Editor:  Karen Smith, bookrevieweditor@rnshs.ca

Copy Editor:  Erica Gagnon, info@rnshs.ca

Vice-President Publications:  Arthur Smith, info@rnshs.ca

Advisory board

Blake BrownJohn Grant
Stephen HendersonJohn Johnston
James MorrisonJohn Reid
David SutherlandShirley Tillotson
Deborah TraskJay White

In 1998, the Society began publication of the Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, a successor to both the Collections and the Nova Scotia Historical Review. It is published once a year, and Society members each receive a copy of the Journal as well as notification of the Society's yearly lecture series and general meetings.

The journal has recently been made available online through ProQuest.

An index to the Collections and Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society was prepared with the assistance and support of the PATHs program of Canada's National History Society. They generously provided the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society with two grants which underwrote the preparation of an index that included all of the materials the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society has published since its inception in 1878. Click here to download full index pdf.

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Information about the most recent issue of the Journal appears below.

Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 19, 2016


Mi’kmaw Armed Resistance to British Expansion in Northern New England (1676–1761)
Tod Scott
Starting in the last quarter of the 17th century until the end of the Seven Years War, the Mi’kmaq successfully defended their land, families and way of life through seven colonial wars against the British. These efforts kept British settlers from migrating into Mi’ma’ki. From the Kennebec region of Maine to the economic activities and settlements in Newfoundland, they were a power to be reckoned with. When British settlers finally migrated into Mi’ma’ki in 1749, the Mi’kmaq contained them in fortified enclaves until peace was established in 1761.
Nova Scotia’s 11th Premier Gordon S. Harrington:
    Devoted to Duty or Political Opportunist?
Carole MacDonald
Touted as one of the most progressive Premiers in Nova Scotia (1930-1933), Col Gordon S. Harrington dedicated his life (and health) to Nova Scotians, particularly coal miners and their families and to Canada as the Deputy Minister of Canadian Forces Overseas in the latter part of the First World War. His life was one of great achievements and profound tragedy.
Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Historical Reflections
John G. Reid
A broad analysis of historical immigration patterns into Atlantic Canada, this paper sets this immigration within an indigenous context and distinguishes between Newfoundland and the Maritime Region. The twin processes of Indigenous dispossession and settler colonization are considered as contexts for Atlantic Canada’s role and responsibilities in a world increasingly shaped both by the need to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples and by the forces of global migration.
Immigration and Sovereignty; Lessons from the Distant Past
Thomas Peace
In this keynote address, delivered at the 2016 Atlantic Immigration conference, the author argues for the importance of thinking about immigration within the context of colonial, imperial and Indigenous relationships that existed during the 18th Century. By examining the ways that colonial and imperial sovereignties interacted, this clearly demarcates the beginning of systems of thought that developed and expanded within colonial governments over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, shaping both policies towards the Immigrant and the Indigenous Peoples.
Nova Scotia’s Ellen Martyr Robinson neé Nutting (1816–1902):
    A Brief Account of her Life and her Sketchbook Depictions of the Province
Sadru Bhanji
This paper describes the life of the talented Halifax–born artist, Ellen Martyr Robinson and her depictions of the landscape of Nova Scotia during the middle years of the 19th Century. Examples of Robinson’s work are held by the Canadian and Nova Scotia Archives but the sketchbook noted in this paper is hitherto unrecorded.

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M. Punch

The Vaughans of Halifax and St. John’s
Heather Long

Book Reviews

A Calendar of Life in a Narrow Valley: Jacobina Campbell’s Diary
Reviewed by John G. Reid

Highland Shepherd: James MacGregor, Father of the Scottish Enlightenment in Nova Scotia
Reviewed by Henry Roper

The Writings of a Loyalist-Era Military Settler in Nova Scotia
Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

Erratum (image caption): Deborah Trask, Putting the War of 1812 to Rest, Volume 18