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The CITADEL on Stage: British Military Theatre, Sports, and Recreation in Colonial Halifax

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The Citadel On Stage is a lively and entertaining social history of British military officers stationed in colonial Halifax. The object of this volume is to survey a wide range of social, theatrical, and recreational performances up until confederation; and to examine the reasons why the garrison officers were entirely involved in these activities.

The main focus is on the garrison theatrical society as a social, cultural, and charitable entity, and how its existence revolved around the British institutions of colonial government and religion, as well as economics. The author illustrates a relationship between the theatricality of political performance and acting on stage, and shows how closely acting and politics are bound up with one another. While attesting that the Anglican Church supported garrison theatre, he gives a critical review of the incessant opposition by the non-conformist puritan element in the community. He also points out that the progress of theatre, sports, and recreation in colonial Halifax parallels the rise or decline of the economy.

In his own style, A.D. Boutilier paints a vivid picture of the comedy and farce inherent in upper class society and in the British institutions moored at Halifax from 1749 to 1867.

 

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From CITADEL posters: the broad influence of Garrison Officers on settlement, sports and horses  (racing/breeding) plus boat racing & regattas,  and Theatre within the towns and cities of the Maritime Colonial period.

 

Settlement, wars and impact on settlers:

 

Settlement of Halifax and the role of the British governors, navy and army … and waves of settlers that followed populating the Maritimes.

Influence of immigrants to NS (current Maritimes) from the Loyalists to the Irish, the Foreign Protestants (e.g. , Germans, Montebeliards), Scots, others.

The influence of various wars: the French & Indian wars (Seven Years War), American Revolution, capture of Louisburg, & Quebec, War of 1812 … Fenians and more.

The Expulsion of the Acadiens (George’s Island) and the marginalization of the native peoples and those of colour began and continued for centuries.

The economic life of the city and region seemed much like a roller-coaster: up during war, down in between; and that continued well into the 20th Century and the two world wars.

 

Theatre and its spread to other cities, towns:

 

The first play written & performed in North America was on the Annapolis River: on Nov. 14th, 1606, by the Annapolis garrison. Note the later connection to Kings Theatre and Annapolis Royal after 1713. •

The role of established religion and upper class society in the on again, off again, development of theatre in Halifax.

The garrison theatre spread from Halifax to Annapolis Royal, to Windsor, Cape Breton, Saint John, Fredericton, St. John’s, Newfoundland and even Quebec City after it fell in 1758. Halifax Garrison regiments also performed in New York, Boston & Philadelphia between 1775-1783.

 

Sports & Recreation: connections to the 20-21st centuries:

 

Garrison races held by officers on the Commons eventually led to thoroughbred and standardbred racing and improved breeding within the Maritimes.

Racing, horse-breeding eventually spread from Halifax to Sackville-Windsor Junction, Windsor, Truro, Charlottetown, Sydney and more. Blood lines were improved with English and Arabian horses.

Formed the basis for the North Commons (race track), South (Public Gardens) and Central Commons (Egg Pond) for recreation; the Garrison Grounds, the former stables for Bengal Lancers and current Halifax Police mounted division.

Sports and recreation of those early years also continued into modern times and established the tradition of sailing and regattas in the region today.

ISBN 9781895814545: 384 pp, endnotes, biblio, indexed:  Available in fine book and gift stores, museums everywhere, as well as online on this site and retailers within Canada.

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Scapegoat, the extraordinary legal proceedings following the 1917 Halifax Explosion

 Scapegoat,  was the overall winner on May 17th in Charlottetown.for non-fiction in the Atlantic Book Awards,  The author and title were al;so awarded the prestigious Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award for non-fiction for 2014. In June, 2015 Scapegoat won a Bronze medal in New York for non-fiction in Eastern Canada at the prestigious 2015 International Independent Publisher Awards.

 

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Scapegoat by Joel Zemel is the definitive historical work related to the legal context, trials and appeals that followed the massive explosion the leveled the Halifax waterfront and north-end in 1917, killing 2000 and injuring 9000 more. Surely someone was to blame for this disaster? A through study in 496 pages, with primary source references that captures the mood, as well as the details of the inquiries, trials, and appeals of those who would be scapegoated to satisfy the public and governmental appetite for blame – someone had to be held responsible for this catastrophe! Three were charged, but why not one hundred? Perhaps because many had died, saving them from further pain and humiliation, but perhaps simply because Le Medoc, Wyatt and Mackey had survived and were more closely connected with this disaster than some others. Complete with 150 photographs and diagrams and enough primary document references and notes that tell many more stories in themselves.

 

Scapegoat Summary: On the morning of 6 December 1917, a French munitions ship, SS Mont Blanc, carrying a full cargo of highly volatile explosives, and a Belgian Relief vessel under Norwegian registry, SS Imo, collided in Halifax Harbour. Twenty minutes later, a catastrophic explosion destroyed the district of Richmond in the North End of the city, causing the loss of over 2,000 lives, countless injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. At first, German spies and saboteurs were assumed to have been the culprits. However, within a few days, Captain Aimée Le Médec and Pilot Francis Mackey of Mont Blanc were under intense scrutiny in the court of public opinion.

 

The federal government launched an immediate inquiry to investigate the causes of the accident which led to the disaster. However, Ottawa’s underlying goal was to assume control over the port and its pilotage system. During the latter part of the proceedings, fingers pointed towards the Royal Canadian Navy for alleged mismanagement of the port. By that time, the drive to find those responsible for the unthinkable had reached a fever pitch. As a result of the inquiry decision, the captain and pilot, along with RCN chief examining officer, Commander F. Evan Wyatt, were singled out for blame. They were arrested and subsequently charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence.

 

Within the framework of the inquiry transcripts and through the incorporation of additional legal records, official naval documentation, photographs and archived resources, this volume details the circumstances leading up to the day of the collision, fire and explosion. The courtroom then becomes the setting for a close examination of the inquiry itself and the numerous legal proceedings which followed. Ultimately, the evolution of the concerted efforts to indict a scapegoat in the wake of this unprecedented marine and civil disaster is revealed.

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A fabulous read for anyone interested in all things related to the Halifax Explosion. You will not get though this publication in single reading as the notes and subtext tell so many additional underlying stories in and of themselves. Once you read the main text you will find yourself returning time and again to search in the details and endnotes. Add meticulous attention to a detailed reconstruction of many photographs, some never seen before in any publication on the Halifax Explosion, and you have a book you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf always … as a reference or to amaze your friends with what you “know”. All Halifax “junkies” or Haligonians should always be within easy access of a copy of this publication.

Every library, large or small, will also want a copy in their collection, as will universities and law schools.

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International Guide Book for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (3rd Edition) — download version

One-of-a-kind: over 123 pages of the best formulae reference book available – for those who work in the Metric (SI) or Imperial (U.S.A) system – from ACTAR accredited Accident Re-constructionist James F. Mitchell, CD, with 28 years of experience in the field and in presenting courtroom testimony. Covers the gamut from acceleration factor to measuring yaw striation angles. A must for the company traffic safety representative, legal department, traffic engineering department and the police technical investigator or professional re-constructionist. Durable, easy-to-use format allows use of this reference manual at the accident site itself. Great references and fully indexed – and cross-referenced too!

 

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International Guide Book for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (3rd Edition) CD ROM

 

One-of-a-kind: over 123 pages of the best formulae reference book available – for those who work in the Metric (SI) or Imperial (U.S.A) system – from ACTAR accredited Accident Re-constructionist James F. Mitchell, CD, with 28 years of experience in the field and in presenting courtroom testimony. Covers the gamut from acceleration factor to measuring yaw striation angles. A must for the company traffic safety representative, legal department, traffic engineering department and the police technical investigator or professional re-constructionist. Durable, easy-to-use format and double-laminated cover allows use of this reference manual at the accident site itself. Great references and fully indexed – and cross-referenced too!

 

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