Nova Scotia Archives

Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999

"Fancy-dress Ball given by Gen. Sir Patrick L. MacDougall, K.C.M.G., Commmander of H.M. Forces, at 'Maplewood', Northwest Arm, Halifax, N.S., sometime between 1878 & 1883, composite photo by W. Notman, Hfx."

'Maplewood' was a magnificent 8-acre property on the North West Arm; the residence was described in The Citizen (Halifax), 4 April 1872, as "large and commodious containing fourteen rooms. Besides kitchens, cellars, bathroom....stables, barns, root house, fowl house, [and] icehouse, there is also a small conservatory and gardener's dwelling". The property, leased in the summers, 1878-83, to General Sir Patrick MacDougall, Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty's Forces in Canada, was ideally suited for the extensive entertaining which went along with Sir Patrick's position as military chief and a leader of Halifax society.

Photographer: Notman Studio

Date: between 1878 and 1883

Reference: Notman Studio Nova Scotia Archives  OS no. 45760

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