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The Gaelic College
Corporate body · 1938-

"The Gaelic College was founded in St. Ann’s, Nova Scotia, in 1938, by people from the local community who wanted to create a memorial for the Gaelic speaking pioneers of Cape Breton. Efforts were spearheaded by Angus William Rugg MacKenzie, the minister at the Knox Presbyterian Church in nearby Baddeck. That year, the Cape Breton Island Gaelic Foundation began the work of raising funds to establish the Gaelic College. A committee toured the United States and Canada, raising money through $5 subscriptions. The first building at the site on the Bay of St. Ann’s was a log cabin raised in 1939. Classes in the early years included Gaelic language, Gaelic grammar, Gaelic song, bagpiping, the history of the Gaelic in Scotland, in Nova Scotia and in the rest of North America, as well as social economics. Classes in weaving, folklore and highland dancing were soon added. From its humble beginnings, this unique institution has expanded and gained an international reputation for its contribution to the maintenance and preservation of the language and culture."

Sydney Millionaires
Corporate body

The Sydney Millionaires challenged the Quebec Bulldogs for the Stanley Cup for the first and only time in 1913, under the leadership of Captain Alfred "Cap" McDonald. In 1922, the team name was resurrected under a new senior team, which would go on to play for two Allan Cup national titles. In 1949, the name was also used for a junior team, which started up in 1949.

Corporate body · March 22, 1987- ca. 1991

The Sydney and Area Community Futures Committee was established to create a long term economic development strategy for the Sydney area of Cape Breton. The goal was to determine the root of the region's negative economic growth and establish self-reliance within the community. Membership on the committee was made up of individuals from local small businesses, unions, educators and government and private sector developers. When the committee disbanded is unknown.

Steele, John
Person · 1903-197-

John Steele was the son of John Steele and Flora MacNeil of Rear Boisdale. He married Jessie Campbell and they had one child, Flora Ann Steele who married Charlie MacIsaac of Boisdale.

Steele, John
Person · 1903-197-197-

John Steele was the son of John Steele and Flora MacNeil of Rear Boisdale. He married Jessie and Campbell and they had one child, Flora Ann who married Charlie MacIsaac of Boisdale.

Pringle, James
Person · 1804-

James Pringle was born in Scotland [1804] and came to Cape Breton in 1826. He settled at St. George's Channel, West Bay, Richmond County, where he operated a mill for many years.

Plant, Samuel

Samuel Plant was a United Empire Loyalist who came from New York after the close of the American Revolution. He started a business which became one of the most prosperous mercantile ventures on the island. The Plant family's stone house in North Sydney remained in the family until 1937.

Parris, Eddie
10-Jul-1942 to 31-Mar-2018

Eddie Parris was a former Alderman for Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Person · 1903-1978

Dr. Carleton Lamont (Monty) MacMillan was born in Goldboro, Guysborough County in April 1903 to William H. and Constance E. MacMillan (née Griffin). He had two sisters Netta Dillion (née MacMillan) and Olive. Dr. MacMillan married Ethelean Parker and they had two children, a son and namesake, Dr. Monty MacMillan Jr. and a daughter named Connie. Dr. MacMillan lived in Guysborough County from 1903-1919 when he moved to Sydney. After graduating from Sydney Academy, he went on to attend Acadia University for one year before continuing his education at Dalhousie Medical School where he graduated in 1928. After graduating, Dr. MacMillan did a brief stint in Rose Bay, Luneburg County before moving to Baddeck in 1928. It was in Baddeck that Dr. MacMillan set up his medical practice and worked as a county doctor from 1928-1966 when he was forced to retire due to health problems. He also served as the MLA for Victoria County from 1949-1967 and went 18 years undefeated. Dr. MacMillan published his only book in 1975 titled, “Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor”, where he discloses his experiences as a country physician in Baddeck for 38 years. Through his influence in 1949, the Victoria County Memorial Hospital was built. In 1973, Dr. MacMillan was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the community of Baddeck. In 1977, he was awarded the senior membership in the Canadian Medical Association. He was officially honoured twice by the community of Baddeck who declared Dr. MacMillan Day where an official celebration was held. For his service as an MLA, the ferry that travelled between Grand Narrows and Iona was named, “C. Monty MacMillan”. The ferry was in service from ca.1971–1993 when it was replaced by the Barra Strait Bridge. He has been featured in a leading Canadian magazine as an outstanding example of the ideal country doctor. He was a past master of St. Marks Lodge No.35, AF and AM, chairman and life member of the Baddeck Public Library, a Rotarian, and a member of the Board of Trade and the Bras d’Or Yacht Club. On February 10th, 1978, Dr. MacMillan passed away at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck.

MacKinnon, Hugh Allen
Person · TBD

Hugh Allan MacKinnon was a medic who was present at Dieppe, after the raid carried out on August 19th 1942. He was a resident of Sydney and lived on 25 Styles Lane.

MacKay, Ross
Person · 1957 - 2018

Albert Ross MacKay was born in Sydney, Cape Breton to George William MacKay and Frances Kemp MacKay (neé MacKay) in 1957. He was raised in Grand River, Nova Scotia and moved to Bedford, Nova Scotia in 1981. He married Jemma Arab in 1980 and in 1999 they welcomed a son, Kemp MacKay.

MacKay was an avid genealogist and began researching his family’s Scottish ancestry in 1976, focusing on Scottish immigrants in Grand River and the surrounding areas in Cape Breton. In 1983 he began researching the Arab family’s Lebanese history, as Jemma, his wife, was first generation Canadian. Nova Scotia’s oldest Lebanese communities originate from Hadet el Joubbeh, Lebanon and Diman, Lebanon and much of his research focused on these regions. Ross had many connections in Nova Scotia’s genealogical community and corresponded with people about their research, sharing information and resources. His work on the RCMP Graves Recovery Project earned him an honorary membership in recognition of his extensive research and technology assistance in locating obituaries of RCMP members.

Ross died on June 4, 2018.

M. J. T. MacNeil

Dealer in Staple & Fancy Dry Goods, Ready-Made Clothing, Tinware, Hardware and Glassware, Flour and meal, Groceries, Stationery, &&&.

Johnstone, Anne Ethel

Anne Ethel (Brown) Johnstone was the daughter of Richard Henry Brown and Barbara (Davison) Brown. She was married to Dr. L.W. Johnstone.

Joe, Rita
Person · March 15, 1932 - March 20, 2007

Rita Joe, daughter of Joseph (Josie) and Annie (Googoo) Bernard, was born in We’koqma’q (Whycocomagh) First Nation, on March 15, 1932. At the age of 12, she went to the Shubenacadie Residential School until she was 16. During that time, she was forbidden to speak her language and endured mental and physical abuse. Later, she met and married Frank Joe in Boston and eventually moved to Eskasoni where they raised 8 children and 2 adopted boys. In the 1970’s she completed her high school diploma and took a course in business education. During 1978 to 1999, she published her creative works based upon her experiences as an Indigenous person in Canada: Poems of Rita Joe (1978); Song of Eskasoni (1988); Lnu and Indians We’re Called (1991); Kelusultiek: Original Women’s Voices of Atlantic Canada (1994); Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’kmaq Poet (1996); The Mi’kmaq Anthology (1997) (co-edited with Lesley Choyce); and We are the Dreamers (1999). She also received numerous honorary doctorates and awards including the Atlantic Writing Competition (1975), Member of the Order of Canada (1989), Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada (1992), and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1997) which is now known as the Indspire Award. Rita Joe became known as the Poet Laureate Of The Mi’kmaq People. She passed away on March 20, 2007.

Brown, Richard Henry
Person · 1837-1920

Richard Henry Brown was born 13 November 1837 at London, England, the son of Richard and Sibella Margaret (Barrington) Brown. Brown married Barbara Davison (1842-1898) on 23 November 1864 and the couple had five children: Margaret Sibella, Elizabeth Purves, Anne Ethel, Richard Charles, and Lillian Seward. The family resided in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia where Brown worked as manger of the General Mining Association (later the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company), and served as the mayor of the town of Sydney Mines. Daughter Margaret (1866-1961) became an artist and served on the directorate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Richard Charles (1872-1928) studied engineering and worked with his father at the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company.

Brown, Richard Charles
Person · 1872-1928

Richard Charles Brown was the son of Richard Henry Brown and Barbara (Davison) Brown. Richard studied engineering and worked with his father at the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company.

Brown, Margaret Sibella
Person · 1866-1961

Margaret Sibella was the daughter of Richard Henry Brown and Barbara (Davison) Brown. Margaret became an artist and served on the directorate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Brown, Lillian Seward

Lillian Seward Brown was the daughter of Richard Henry Brown and Barbara (Davison) Brown.