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Township Records at the Nova Scotia Archives

Presented below is a small selection of representative documents from the early years of township settlement in Nova Scotia. The examples chosen open a window into that past, including official government records encouraging and organizing settlement; pages from the Truro Township Book (be sure to look closely for the cattle marks); and the diary of the Rev. John Seccombe in Chester, July to December 1761, digitized in its entirety. Thoughts of food seem to have been uppermost in his mind, since the entries invariably mention the food and drink he consumed — a gem indeed for historians investigating 18th century foodways!


Printed resolution of the Council…

Date: 20 May 1758

Reference: RG 1 vol. 301 no. 1


Printed proclamation by Governor Lawrence…

Date: 11 January 1759

Reference: RG 1 vol. 301 no. 3


"An Act for the choice of Town Officers…"

Date: 1765

Reference: N.S. Statutes 1765 Cap I, pp. 106-108


Truro Township Book - Committee of Roads

Reference: MG 4 vol. 150a page 317


Truro Township Book - Cattle Marks

Reference: MG 4 vol. 150a page 318




Journal of Rev. John Seccombe

Date: 30 July - 31 December 1761

Reference: MG 1 vol. 797C no. 5


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