VIEW-4447 | At Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS, about 1908

At Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS, about 1908
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1908, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Not all middle-class girls were allowed to go to school. In 1892, 18-year-old Kate Shannon's (1874-1895) family thought she was too delicate to attend school. Kate, however, had a passion for botany and took long walks through Point Pleasant Park on the south side of Halifax, collecting specimens that she later examined under her microscope. She even published illustrated reports on local plants in the Boston-based magazine Popular Science News -- an unusual accomplishment for a young woman, especially one without formal scientific training.

Della Stanley, A Victorian Lady's Album: Kate Shannon's Halifax & Boston Diary of 1892 (Halifax and Boston: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1994).

  • What

    This photograph shows children playing at Quarry Pond, just inside the main entrance to Point Pleasant Park. It remains a popular place for Halifax children to have their pictures taken.

  • Where

    Halifax was built on a boot-shaped peninsula that juts into a large and deep harbour. Point Pleasant Park occupies the toe of the boot, and from it visitors can look straight out into the North Atlantic.

  • When

    Originally the site of military fortifications, Point Pleasant was leased to a committee in 1866 to be managed as a park.

  • Who

    Haligonians from all walks of life and of all ages enjoyed a Sunday stroll in Point Pleasant Park.