Nova Scotia Archives

Built Heritage Resource Guide

Halifax Relief Commission

The Halifax Relief Commission was incorporated in April 1918 with the power to expend and disperse money to repair, rebuild and restore buildings and property damaged, destroyed or otherwise lost as a result of the Halifax Explosion on 6 December 1917. The Relief Commission records (MG 36) are held at NSARM, with detailed finding aids available to assist researchers.

The records themselves, which include textual records, print material, photographs and plans, are organized in several large series — Series 'A' (Appraisal Board), Series 'C' (Correspondence), Series 'F' (Financial Records), Series 'P' (Pension Claims) and Series 'R' (Real Estate and Property Records). Overall, they provide a wealth of detail for built-heritage research, including contemporary town-planning concepts; large-scale project management; the role of government in disaster recovery and reconstruction; building materials; general repair, reconstruction and building techniques; interior decoration and fittings; and rebuilding the fabric of life at the neighbourhood level and across the larger city.

Our virtual exhibit 'A Vision of Regeneration' features extensive original documents, print material and photographs from the Relief Commission records; the final section, titled 'One Family's Survival: The McTiernans,' provides a case study for family members and their new home at Number 783 (now 3107) Robie Street in Halifax.

This Built Heritage Resource Guide is unusually rich in the information given in the Note Areas accompanying most images. So... when you scan down the pages, be sure to click on the thumbnails so that you can enlarge and explore the images, plus read the extra details provided beneath each.

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Documents Concerning the Thaddeus and Mary McTiernan Family Claim for Compensation from the Halifax Relief Committee 
Date: 29 December 1917
Reference no.: Halifax Relief Commission Nova Scotia Archives MG 36 Series P no. 3688

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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Documents Concerning the Thaddeus and Mary McTiernan Family Claim for Compensation from the Halifax Relief Committee 
Date: 5 January 1918 - 15 April 1919
Reference no.: Halifax Relief Commission Nova Scotia Archives MG 36 Series P no. 3688

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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Thaddeus and Mary McTiernan's House 
Date: [1919?]
Photographer: Gauvin & Gentzel
Reference no.: Charles Vaughan 

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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Documents Concerning Thaddeus and Mary McTiernan's House, 783 Robie Street, Halifax: Release of Equity of Redemption Transferring Ownership of Property 
Date: 21 September 1925
Reference no.: Halifax Relief Commission Nova Scotia Archives MG 36 Series R no. 1199

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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McTiernan House (On Corner) and Other Halifax Relief Commission Houses Under Construction at the North-East Corner of Robie and West Young Streets, Halifax 
Date: 7 October 1918
Photographer: Gauvin & Gentzel
Reference no.: Charles Vaughan 

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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"Halifax Re-Housing, Halifax, NS" 
Date: 25 June 1918
Reference no.: Halifax Relief Commission Nova Scotia Archives MG 36 Series R no. 1028

Topic: Halifax Relief Commission
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