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Abbass Studios Ltd.
Abbass · Corporate body · 1946-Present

The Abbass family emigrated from Lebanon to Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th century. With his wife, Lilly Khattar, Jobe Abbass built a home on Townsend Street in Sydney, N.S. and together raised twelve children. It is in this building that three of those children, George, John and Anthony started Abbass Studios in the summer of 1946.

While still in high school at Sydney Academy, George took a job as an apprentice at Meyer’s Photography, a national chain. In 1941, after graduating from high school, his brother John also secured a job with Meyers where they both learned the craft of photography. Eventually they began private work contracting jobs with the Post Record and Chronicle Herald newspapers. In January of 1943 four of the Abbass boys, George, John, Joe and Ferris, enlisted to serve during World War II. They left their younger brother Anthony (Tony), who was too young to enlist, in charge of their Post and Herald contracts. When the brothers returned from war, they received a stipend from the government to open their own business.

Abbass Studios opened its doors July 18, 1946 in the family home on Townsend Street in Sydney, N.S. . The studio offered photo finishing, portraits and commercial photography. By the mid-1960s Abbass Studio served all of the Maritime Provinces. The company built a photo finishing plant in Moncton, New Brunswick and purchased stores in New Castle, New Brunswick. The brothers eventually brought the Econo-Color Camera Stores and Studios franchise from Sherman Hines.

Abbass Studios captured and continues to document the diverse economic, political and cultural heritage of the area. The business is still in family hands and run by John’s sons Blaise and John. The Townsend Street building was demolished in 2014 and Blaise Abbass now operates Abbass Studios, Sydney from his home. John Abbass runs the store at Scotia Square Mall in Halifax.

Family · 1792 -

The first member of the Basker family immigrated to Boston, United States of America (USA) before the birth of Joseph Basker in 1792. Joseph Basker’s unnamed father was a solider with the 32nd Regiment and was stationed in Windsor, Nova Scotia, so the family settled there until the father’s death. Joseph Basker returned to the USA for a time before settling in the Gut of Canso, Nova Scotia with his mother. At the age of 22 he petitioned for a 200-acre lot along the south east branch of the Mabou River in Cape Breton and the family settled in what would become Mull River, Nova Scotia. The Baskers farmed in Mull River for over 150 years.

Bell, Alexander Graham
Person · 3-Mar-1847 to 2-Aug-1922

Alexander Graham Bell, teacher of the deaf, inventor, scientist (born 3 March 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland; died 2 August 1922 near Baddeck, NS). Alexander Graham Bell is generally considered second only to Thomas Alva Edison among 19th- and 20th-century inventors. Although he is best known as the inventor of the first practical telephone, he also did innovative work in other fields, including aeronautics, hydrofoils and wireless communication (the “photophone”). Moreover, Bell himself considered his work with the deaf to be his most important contribution. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to Canada in 1870 with his parents. Bell married American Mabel Hubbard in 1877 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1882. From the mid-1880s, he and his family spent their summers near Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, where they built a large home, Beinn Bhreagh. From then on, Bell divided his time and his research between the United States and Canada. He died and was buried at Baddeck in 1922.

Bell, Mabel Hubbard
Person · 25-Nov-1857 to 3-Jan-1923

Mabel Gardiner Hubbard Bell, aeronautics financier, community leader, social reformer and advocate for the deaf (born 25 November 1857 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; died 3 January 1923 in Chevy Chase, Maryland). Bell actively supported and contributed to the work of her husband, inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Her financial investment in his work made her the first financier of the aviation industry in North America. She was a community leader in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, where the Bell family spent their summers. She was also a social reformer and supported innovation in education.

Brown Family
Family

Richard Henry Brown was born 13 November 1837 at London, England, the son of Richard and Sibella Margaret (Barrington) Brown. R.H. 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, Barbara
Person · 1842-1898

Barbara Davison married Richard Henry Brown on the 23 of November, 1864. She had five children, Margaret Sibella, Elizabeth Purves, Anne Ethel, Richard Charles, and Lillian Seward.

Brown, Elizabeth Purves
Person

Elizabeth Purves Brown was the daughter of Richard Henry Brown and Barbara (Davison) Brown.

Brown, Lillian Seward
Person

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

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, 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, 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.

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.

Johnstone, Anne Ethel
Person

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

M. J. T. MacNeil

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Plant, Samuel
Person

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.

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.

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.