Sorrow At Passing of Nova Scotia Legislative Historian

Premier's Office

October 15, 2004 4:55 PM

Premier John Hamm today, Oct. 15, expressed sorrow at the passing
of former Nova Scotia legislative librarian and historian Shirley
Elliott.

"Shirley Elliot, who was inducted last year into the Order of
Nova Scotia, was an outstanding scholar, librarian, author,
community volunteer and mentor," Premier Hamm said. "She has
always been respected, admired and trusted for her contributions
to Nova Scotia's heritage."

Ms. Elliott served for almost three decades at the province's
legislative library -- from 1954 to 1982. She integrated all of
the valuable materials around Province House into a collection of
Nova Scotiana unparalleled in the province. She also transformed
the legislative library into a modern research library. Her books
and articles are key resources for researchers and students, and
help to create in Nova Scotians a clear understanding of the
province's rich history.

"Her talent, vast experience, knowledge base and commitment to
her community will be sorely missed," the premier said.

Ms. Elliott returned to Wolfville, her birthplace, after she
retired. Her work at home, including the transformation of the
Wolfville train station into the town's public library, will also
serve as lasting testaments to her thoughtful, caring commitment
to literacy and Nova Scotia's heritage.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Premier John Hamm today (September 15th) expressed sorrow at

the passing of former Nova Scotia legislative librarian and

historian Shirley Elliott.

     Ms. Elliott worked at the province's legislative library

from 1954 to 1982. She helped to preserve the valuable materials

around Province House and transformed the legislative library

into a modern research library.

     Her books and articles regarding Nova Scotia's history

remain key resources for researchers and students.

     Ms. Elliot was inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia in

2003.

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Contact: Robert Batherson
         Premier's Office
         902-424-4895
         Cell: 902-478-1685
         E-mail: batherrk@gov.ns.ca

jal         October 15, 2004         4:53 P.M.