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Halifax Harbour Building Halifax
Canada Post Corporation, 1938, 1949. Reproduced with permission.
These stamps show the entrance to Halifax Harbour looking seaward and
a scene of men building structures following the founding of Halifax in 1749.

Halifax Public Gardens
Canada Post Corporation, 1991. Reproduced with permission.
The Halifax Public Gardens, established in 1867, are a rare example of a Victorian public garden in the heart of a modern city.

Old Town Clock Halifax Citadel
Canada Post Corporation, 1982, . Reproduced with permission.
The Old Town Clock and the Halifax Citadel have played an integral part in the history
and development of Halifax and sit prominently above Halifax's downtown core.

York Redoubt
Canada Post Corporation, 1985. Reproduced with permission.
York Redoubt is one of many fortifications in the Halifax area. The network of forts provided protection to Halifax Harbour and the City of Halifax until after the Second World War.

Sir John S.D. Thompson
Canada Post Corporation, 1954. Reproduced with permission.
Sir John Sparrow David Thompson (1845 - 1894)
Premier of Nova Scotia   May 25, 1882  -  July 18, 1882
Prime Minister of Canada   Dec. 5, 1892  -  Dec. 12, 1894
Born in Halifax, Thompson had just been named to Queen Victoria's Privy Council when he died of heart failure in Windsor Castle. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Halifax.

Tall Ships 1984
Tall Ships 2000 Tall Ships 2000
Canada Post Corporation, 1984, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
Nova Scotia has a rich sailing history.
Today's modern Tall Ships have visited Halifax in festivals many times since 1984.

Sir Sandford Fleming Sir Sandford Fleming
Canada Post Corporation, 1977, 2002. Reproduced with permission.
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827 - 1915)
Canada's foremost railway surveyor and construction engineer, inventor of international standard time and designer of Canada's first stamp. Fleming offered 95 acres of land at the Dingle on the Northwest Arm as a park for the people of Halifax, where he died in 1915.

HMCS Sackville, Corvette Battle of the Atlantic
Canada Post Corporation, 1998, 2005. Reproduced with permission.
HMCS Sackville, one of the last corvettes to protect North Atlantic waters during
World War II's Battle of the Atlantic, is docked on the Halifax Waterfront at
the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

HMCS Halifax, Canadian Navy 100 Years 
Canada Post Corporation, 2010. Reproduced with permission.
The Royal Canadian Navy celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. HMCS Halifax was the first Halifax Class frigate built for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Programme. 
It is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic at CFB Halifax.

Ocean Technology
Canada Post Corporation, 1996. Reproduced with permission.
Halifax, and Atlantic Canada, have long been viewed as the centre of Canadian ocean
science and technological initiatives. The stamp includes a 3D representation of the
floor of Halifax Harbour.

Peggys Cove Lighthouse
Canada Post Corporation, 2002. Reproduced with permission.
Peggys Cove, located 1/2 hour from Halifax, is known for its high seas, rugged beauty,
and as a paradise for artists such as resident William deGarthe.
A post office was formerly located in the lighthouse.

Neptune Theatre Portia White
Canada Post Corporation, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
Halifax has a rich cultural tradition and arts scene including Neptune Theatre whose
origins are rooted in the 17th century performances in Port Royale.
Portia White (1911-1968), originally from Truro, began her singing career in Halifax
and went on to the stages of New York as a classical concert singer in the 1940s and 50s.

Immigration - Pier 21
Canada Post Corporation, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
From 1928 until 1971, Pier 21, now a National Historic Site, was Canada's
gateway for over a million immigrants.

Dalhousie University - Law School Saint Mary's University
Canada Post Corporation, 1984, 2002. Reproduced with permission.
Halifax is home to several colleges, universities and professional schools, including
 Dalhousie University with it's Law School, and Saint Mary's University.

Joseph Howe Responsible Government
Canada Post Corporation, 1973, 1958. Reproduced with permission.
Joseph Howe (1804 - 1873) - Journalist, Orator, Politician
Premier of Nova Scotia 1860-1862
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia 1873
A powerful champion to responsible government (January 1848) by which Nova Scotia was the the first British Colony to be governed. He opposed Nova Scotia joining a Canadian nation but eventually relented and became one of the Fathers of Confederation. His statue stands next to the Nova Scotia Legislature (built 1819) which is a monument its own right to Canada's first elected General Assembly (1758).

Jeux Canada Games
Canada Post Corporation, 1969. Reproduced with permission.
The first summer Canada Games were held in Halifax/Dartmouth in 1969.
Winter Games were held in Cape Breton (1987) and Halifax (2011).
The next Jeux du Canada Games - Sherbrooke 2013

Joe Norris
Canada Post Corporation, 1992. Reproduced with permission.
Joe Norris (1924-1996) - Folk Artist
Born in Halifax, Norris worked as a fisherman and construction worker until a heart attack at age 49 forced him into retirement. A nurse encouraged him to paint a little each day. From his little yellow house in Lower Prospect, he became one of Nova Scotia's most renowned folk artists, creating about 2,500 pieces in his lifetime.

Aaron R Mosher
Canada Post Corporation, 1981. Reproduced with permission.
Aaron R. Mosher (1881-1959), Trade Unionist
Born near Halifax, Mosher was integral in the formation of several labour groups including Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Employees (1908) (President 1908-1952), All-Canadian Congress of Labour (1928) and Canadian Congress of Labour (1940).  The CCL was the predecessor of the current day Canadian Labour Congress (1956) which was commemorated with a stamp in 2006 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Aaron R Mosher
Canada Post Corporation, 2005. Reproduced with permission.
The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2005.  The 2,500 foot bridge, named for the premier who initiated its construction, joins the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth

Canada Post Corporation, 2004. Reproduced with permission.
Sir Samuel Cunard (1787-1865) - Merchant, Shipping Magnate, Entrepreneur
Cunard's beginnings in Halifax as a shrewd business man in timber, whaling, coal, iron and shipping led to the development of a vast shipping empire known the world over.  In 1838 he formed the the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later known as the Cunard Line, Ltd.   In recognition of his contributions to British shipping Cunard was made a baronet by Queen Victoria in 1859.

Canada Post Corporation, 2005. Reproduced with permission.
The Sable Island Horse was thought to originate from shipwrecks along the coast of Sable Island (known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic) in the 1600s.  More than likely the the present day horses were descended from animals taken there in the 1760s.

Canada Post Corporation, 2007. Reproduced with permission.
The Sambro Island Lighthouse, a National Historic Site since 1937, was built during the Seven Years War in 1758-59.   The 82 foot shingle over masonry structure was automated in 1988. It is the oldest surviving lighthouse in North America.

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