These listings were compiled by municipal staff from various sources, including council minutes and annual reports. Staff will continue to add to the entries where information is incomplete.
The listings include the term(s) and district/ward served, as well as biographic notes for some of the officials. A good source for more complete biographies of elected officials is H. Millard Wright's book published in 2002 One Region, Many Leaders - Mayors and Wardens of the former Halifax, City of Dartmouth, Town of Bedford, County of Halifax, 1841-2001 (available at the Archives or Halifax Public Libraries).
Nova Scotia Archives has Municipal officer appointment registers from the Provincial Secretary, 1854-1949 (RG 7 vol. 215-221).
For any corrections to or questions about the content of our Elected Officials Listings, please contact the Archives.
Since Haligonians first went to the polls on May 12, 1841, much has changed: the frequency of elections, the terms of office, the boundaries, the number of electoral districts, and even voter eligibility. Records in the Archives track those changes.