Nova Scotia Archives

Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999

The Life Cycle

The cycle of birth, marriage and death is the most conspicuous marker-system in our lives as human beings. Records of these significant events are kept by church and state, but beyond the paper documentation, we — as individuals and in families — have long sought to commemorate the special events and rites of passage that mark the life cycle: baptisms, first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, birthdays, marriages and anniversaries, family reunions and leave-takings. Two hundred years ago, the well-to-do captured an essence of themselves in formal portrait paintings; today, we do the same via studio photo-portraits, through our own still photography, and — in the late twentieth century — with that ever-present record-keeper of the modern world, the camcorder.


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Sleeping or Dead Child, ca. 1867
Date: ca. 1867
Photographer: The People's Gallery
Reference no.: Album no. 5 Nova Scotia Archives  no. 74

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"W.J. Kinnear's Grp [group]", ca. 1880
Date: ca. 1880
Photographer: Notman Studio
Reference no.: Notman Studio Nova Scotia Archives  no. 48479

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Wedding of Miss Mary Borden and Mr. Richard Tynes, Dartmouth, 1898
Date: 1898
Photographer: O. Bertram Stubbs
Reference no.: Joan Payzant Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1983-396

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Province of Nova Scotia Marriage Slip for Richard Tynes and Mary Ann Borden, 15 June 1898
Date: 15 June 1898
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  microfilm 16263 [Halifax County Marriage Licences 1898 #179]

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Wedding of the Rev. Willoughby Goddard-Fenwick and Miss Ella Major in Sackville, NS, 1912
Date: 24 September 1912
Photographer: Gauvin & Gentzel
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Drawer - Miscellaneous - Costumes - Weddings - Sackville

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First Communion – Group of Boys and Priests on the Steps of St. Mary's Cathedral, Halifax, 1930
Date: 31 May 1930
Photographer: J.C.M. Hayward
Reference no.: Eveleen L. Burns Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1995-85 no. 26

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"Leaving St. Mary's Cathedral" and "Proceeding along Spring Garden Rd.", Funeral of Premier Angus L. Macdonald, 19 April 1954
Date: 19 April 1954
Photographer: Royal Canadian Navy, National Defence Nos. 30274, 30290
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Drawer - People - Macdonald, Angus L. - Funeral

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