J.A.D. McCurdy was one of the many photographers who documented the ceremony when the CPR officially presented the flagpole to Mayor J.E. Ahern. His photographs are available at Nova Scotia Archives (ask to see 2007-058, vol. 3 #205-219).
Halifax's flagpole was purported to be the tallest in the Commonwealth, until Kew, England claimed that title; however, it was the tallest in Canada, at least until it was next brought to the ground...
By 1975, City staff had noted rot in the flagpole, and Council debated replacing it with an aluminum pole. History and aesthetics prevailed over economics, and Council opted to repair the CPR gift. Repair costs escalated, however, when the pole broke in three as it was being lowered to the ground. As far as is known, no photographs were taken of that dramatic event. For more information, see City Clerk's Office Flagpole repairs file, HMA 102-5-1.33.