Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1854.


§William Young became Premier replacing James Boyle Uniacke who had been Premier since 1847.
§A bill is introduced into the House in respect to the union of the colonies.
§June 13th: work begins with sod turning at the north end of Halifax (Richmond) on the Halifax-Windsor-Truro railroad line. An English engineering firm, Jackson, Peto, Betts, and Brassey, was the firm that built many of the early railways throughout the world, including those in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
§A mixture of liquid hydrocarbons resulting from the distillation of petroleum as may be obtained from coal and bituminous shale is discovered by a Nova Scotian, Abraham Gesner; it, in short time, became extensively used as a lamp-oil. On June 27th, 1854, Gesner receives his patent on the product from U.S. patent Office.
§October 4th to 14th, 1854, great Industrial Exhibition opened at Province House.
§In Great Britain the Corrupt Practices Act of 1854 required an audit of accounts payable by a political candidates.
§The first of the British troops who were to fight in the Crimean War (1854-1856) were transported in Cunard liners which had been converted to troop carriers, from England to Malta. The Crimean War was a war which had Russia on one side and an alliance of France, the United Kingdom, and the Ottoman Empire on the other. The battles mostly took place on the Crimean peninsula which extends into the black sea. This war is considered to be the first modern conflict. The Crimean War was the first one where newspaper correspondents went to the front and reported to their editors back home. It is further known as the event which brought Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) to the world's stage. Her success "lay in the forcing of her modern methods of hospital management on the Crimean Army authorities ..." Nightingale advanced the notion that nursing was a serious profession and there followed "a new era in public health and medical practice."
§The British Medical Association was founded in 1854; a few years later, as the result of parliamentary inquiry, the medical act of 1858 created a general council of medical education and registration for the United Kingdom."
§Work on the St. Peter's Canal was commenced; completed in 1869.
§The Making of newspaper out of wood pulp is a Nova Scotian invention. The inventor was Charles Fenerty (1821-1892). Before wood pulp, paper was made from rags.
§Halifax: An act in respect to the title in the "Governor's farm at Spring Garden Road, viz. it is to vest in the "Board of works."
§Halifax: An act in respect to erecting a City Prison, Rock Head.
§Lunenburg: An act "to provide for the completion of a road from Mahone Bay to Bridgewater."
§An act to incorporate the Pictou Steam boat Co.
§An Act to incorporate the Pictou Water Company.

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