The Northern Light and the North Pole – Halifax?

Check out the blog throughout the month of August as we gear up for the Gottingen 250 Festival which will be taking place on September 12-14 on Gottingen Street and Maitland Street.

Masthead of The Northern Light ca. 1894

Masthead of The Northern Light ca. 1894

From 1988 to 1998 a local newspaper published weekly in the North End of Halifax called The North End News. Copies of this newspaper are available for view at the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road.

However, prior to that the North End had another newspaper called The Northern Light which was published from roughly 1891 til the late 1890s.

I don’t know much about The Northern Light other than there are two full copies of the newspaper available at the Nova Scotia Archives on microfilm. I have copied them and made them available here for people to look through.

The issues are from 27 September 1894 and 7 February 7 February 1896. The newspaper was mostly a local advertising publication for businesses in the area which is cool as it provides some insight into what types of businesses that operated in the Old North End at the time. Some examples of this are below:

Advertisement for The People's Store 61-63 Gottingen

Advertisement for The People’s Store 61-63 Gottingen

Advertisement for John White & Co.

Advertisement for John White & Co.

This little interesting bit of North End history is preserved at the Nova Scotia Archives and can be easily reviewed there in the microfilm room.

Another interesting North End historical tid-bit is the story of “The North Pole”.

The 14 December 1929 edition of The Acadian Recorder had a tiny little blurb about the Old North End in the early days of the 1820s describing the street and in particular a spot that had been dubbed locally as “The North Pole.”

The Acadian Recorder, 14 December 1929

The Acadian Recorder, 14 December 1929

Which corner of Gottingen and Gerrish Street this house was located on is unknown. Gerrish street was renamed Buddy Daye Street in the early 2000s and the western part of the street which runs along the side of Uniacke Square is called Diva’s Lane. The only remnant part of the street is the portion that runs between Brunswick and Barrington alongside the cemetery of the Little Dutch Church.

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