I-39050.1 | Government House, Halifax, NS, 1869

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Government House, Halifax, NS, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
10 x 8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , governmental (274) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

For daughters of families of the social elite in the Maritime provinces, being presented to the lieutenant governor at a glamorous formal party was a sign that they were ready to begin looking for a husband-although few late-19th-century observers would have described it so bluntly. Instead, it was described as "coming out" into society. Once a young woman had come out, she was expected to attend a great many social events each year -- a social whirl that continued until she found a suitable husband and married.

Lenore Davidoff, The Best Circles; society, etiquette and the season (London: Croom Helm, 1973).

  • What

    Nova Scotia Government House has always been the residence of the lieutenant governor of the province.

  • Where

    Government House, the home of Nova Scotia's lieutenant governors, is located on Barrington Street in Halifax, a quiet residential street.

  • When

    Construction of Government House began in 1800. It is believed that the source of the designs for its front and rear sections came from a book of house plans published in 1795 by George Richardson, who worked in the London office of the Scottish architect Robert Adam.

  • Who

    Nova Scotia Governor John Wentworth (1671-1730), who served from 1792-1808, promoted the building of Government House.