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S. S. G. S. NEWS
March 20, 2000
South Shore Genealogical Society
PO Box 901 68 Bluenose Drive
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0

Phone : 1-902-634-4794 Ext. 26

Open Hours :Wednesday & Thursday 1:00 to 4:30 pm and Wednesday & Thursday evenings by appointment

Zellers - Club Z#: 840345301
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Meeting Notice

The Annual Meeting was postponed twice because of the snow storms in January. The Annual Meeting will be held March 20, 2000 in the Society Room of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic at 7:30 pm

Meeting the Governor General of Canada!

Several members of the SSGS had the honour of attending the Heritage Day reception at Pier 21 in Halifax at which the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson and His Excellency John Ralston Saul were in attendance. Barbara Spindler, Mary Saul and Sheila Chambers got to shake hands with Her Excellency, which was a wonderful experience - especially considering the number of people there. She is a very gracious lady with great dignity.
While we were there, we got to see all of the National Historic Site, Pier 21. It's worth a visit.

......Sheila Chambers, President


The SSGS has been made the repository for the school attendance records of Lunenburg Co. There were 120 dilapidated boxes delivered to us from the Provincial Archives. We are now in the process of cataloguing and counting and storing the records into newly purchased boxes. In addition to the new boxes, we also need to purchase shelving on which to store them, and to rearrange the equipment in the office to make space (we need desks for the microfilm readers.) SO - what do you think of the idea of ADOPT A DESK or ADOPT A SHELF? This was not something we knew was going to happen and so we have had an unexpected BIRTH in our genealogy office.
If you wish to participate in our adoption program, please do so.

......Sheila Chambers, President

School Registers

[There was a list published in this newsletter, but it was decided to leave it off this site until the cataloguing is finalized. Please communicate with the SSGS if you have a specific set of records to inquire about.]

Deadmans Island

......follow-up SSGS Newsletter, July 1998 "Graves on Development Site"

The battle for an historical North West Arm site is finally over. The Halifax Regional Municipality has reached an agreement to purchase the peninsula known as Deadmans Island.
The Deadmans story caught the eye of an influential newspaper in the US because as many as 188 American prisoners of war likely were buried on the woody knoll during the War of 1812. About 8,000 Amerrican soldiers captured during the War of 1812 served time in the Melville Island military prison (now the site of the Armdale Yacht Club). The sailors and soldiers succumbed to disease or battle wounds while locked up in the crowded prison which the British military established on nearby Melville Island in 1803.
In the months after the war, about 1000 American blacks - slaves freed during British operations in the Chesapeake Bay area - died while housed at the prison.
French and Spanish prisoners captured during the Napoleonic Wars, plus Irish immigrants quarantined during an 1840s typhus outbreak, bring the number of known deaths at the prison to nearly 400.
Despite the evidence, developers have eagerly drawn up plans showing how attractive (not to mention profitable) Deadmans would been covered with condos.

Mary Chesley died in India

......Bridgewater Bulletin, Sep 16 1936

The title of the article was "Mahatma Gandhi of India, Local Property Owner"

Taxes on Property Unpaid for Several Years - may be sold to recover amount due.

The Town of Bridgewater is planning to sell out Mahatma Gandhi for unpaid taxes. In the estate willed to him by Miss Mary Chesley, Lunenburg woman who was his disciple for many years, the Mahatma inherited a share in 10 acres of pasture land within the limits of this South Shore town.
The taxes have mounted to nearly the accessed value of his share of the property and unless the Mahatma pays up soon, the land will be offered for sale by the town.
Some years ago, the late Judge Chesley of Lunenburg bought out the share of one of the heirs of the estate of the late William Ross. At Judge Chesley's death, this share was left to his daughter, Mary.
She, while in England after graduating from Mount Allison University, became an admirer of the work of the celebrated Indian leader and undertook a pilgrimage to India.
During most of her lifetime Miss Chesley, although possessor of a respectable income, preferred to live the life of the poor and she turned over nearly 90 percent of her receipt to Gandhi.
When she died in India the latter part of May, her estate, mostly property in England was left to her leader. Thus he became a property owner in the town of Bridgewater.
Holds interest - Rev. J. A. McKean, of Truro, N.S., who holds a slightly large interest than Gandhi in the 10 acre pasture, inherited it from his mother, who was a daughter of the original owner, William Ross. His share of the taxes has been paid.
Known as Tarabon in Mardha and Betul, India, where she spent most of her time among the poor, Miss Chesley met death unexpectedly.
Last week a blood test revealed M.K. Gandhi was suffering from malaria and faced the danger of a relapse if he should return to his village home in an area alive with mosquitoe.

~~Follow up article:
Bridgewater Bulletin, November 4 1936 - excerpts from another article which gave more background...

The following story of the passing of Miss Mary Chesley in India is told by Mahadovi Anima, an Indian woman who accompanied her on her trip.
"Five of us (four Indian women and Tarabon) set out from Wardha on our long hoped for pilgrimage in the Himalayas. We came to Herdwar by train and stayed there two days. Then, clad in shorts and shirt and each carrying a good load on her back, we began our mountain climb. People seeing us dressed in Khaddar were very kind and full of wonder at women attempting such a journey without a man to help them. They often gave us food so that we did not need to do much cooking for ourselves.
Our first halting place was a Gashu's hut where we were very kindly received. It was terribly hot climbing and Tarabon began to get cold and a little fever, so we stayed a whole day at our second stopping place. We suggested that we should go back to Herdwar and wait a day or two until Tarabon should be better, but she wanted to push on.
For three days we continued climbing, doing eight miles or so a day, she took only little milk. On the fifth day we four held a council of war and threatened to go back and leave Tarabon if she would not go back herself.
Tarabon had agreed to go on a horse so we covered twelve miles that day, half in the morning and half in the evening. She had a little fever again that evening...but determined to push on as there was a hospital at the next village, Dev Prayog.
We sent for a special car and I went in it with Tara, leaving the other three to await our return to Dev Prayog. On the way Tara asked me to stop the car and write in Hindu, "I leave all my property to Bapu." Then she signed, Tarabon Hindibut.
We came into Rishiresh, but it was too late. I brought her body to HardKhaddar, then we took her to the Curukul where she was cremated. I never saw a more beautiful cremation ceremony - it was most impressive.

Web Sites

In the Lunenburg area there are a number of people from Norway who might be interested in 'The National Archives of Norway' site:


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