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Dalhousie College, Grand Parade, Halifax, NS, 1871
William Notman (1826-1891)
1931-1932, 20th century
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25 x 20 cm
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Women began attending Dalhousie College in Halifax in 1881 while Maritimers were still debating whether mental activity posed a risk to their physical health and development. Not surprisingly, the women who attended in the late 19th century were "women of ambition with clear cut goals and a degree of independence." Many women students had already worked as school teachers before they entered Dalhousie. Margaret Newcombe, the first arts graduate, and Annie Hamilton, the first woman to receive a medical degree from Dalhousie, were both veteran teachers. So was novelist Lucy Maude Montgomery, who attended during the 1895-1896 academic term. She found living in residence at the Halifax Ladies College "stifling."

Judith Fingard, "College, Career and Community: Dalhousie Coeds, 1881-1991," in Paul Axelrod and John G. Reid, eds., Youth, University and Canadian Society: Essays in the Social History of Higher Education (Kingston, Montreal, London: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989).

  • What

    Dalhousie College was established to provide post-secondary education for young men, but it also had an academy for younger boys.

  • Where

    This photograph shows the original Dalhousie University building that faced the Grand Parade in downtown Halifax. In 1886, it moved to a site on South Common, now the Forrest Campus of the university.

  • When

    Dalhousie College was founded in 1818, but classes were not offered there until 1838.

  • Who

    George Ramsay, Ninth Earl of Dalhousie (1770-1838), served as lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia from 1816-1820, and also founded Dalhousie College.