I-39053.1 | The Club, Halifax, NS, 1869

The Club, 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
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Keys to History

Winning the right to vote and to hold elected government office as well as the right to attend colleges and universities were important first steps towards equality for Maritime women, but there were many more battles to come. In the 1920s women could still not become ordained members of the clergy of Christian churches, and many professions, including medicine and law, restricted the number of women they accepted. Like many other social institutions, the Halifax Club in Halifax remained closed to women, thus denying them the opportunity to participate in important and powerful business and political networks in that city.

Gerry Amey, The Halifax Club 1862-1987 (Halifax: The Halifax Club, c 1987).

  • What

    The Halifax Club was established as a "gentlemen's club" in the English style. A home-away-from-home for upper-middle-class men, it provided a place to meet with friends and business associates over a meal and drink-and safely away from the women in their families.

  • Where

    The Halifax Club was and still is located on Barrington Street, in the downtown business district of the city.

  • When

    The Halifax Club was established in 1863 and still operates today.

  • Who

    Only men who were members of the social and financial elite of the city were invited to join the Halifax Club in the late 19th century.