Postal Service
in Nova Scotia

23 April 1754

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Nova Scotia

Located on the east side of Hollis Street, about 20m south from George Street

GPS location:   44°38'54"N   63°34'23"W

Halifax plaque: Postal Service in Nova Scotia
In 1755 the British Post Office...began a monthly packet run between England and New York...

packet – a boat that carries mail with a published schedule
of sailing dates; a ship employed by government to convey
official messages or mail; a vessel employed in conveying
dispatches, mails, passengers, and goods, on a fixed schedule

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Chronology of Canadian Postal History
by the Canadian Museum of Civilization
In April 1754, a notice appears in the Halifax Gazette announcing
the establishment of a post office outside the South Gate. This unofficial
post office is considered the first post office in Canadian history.
An official post office is established the next year.

Postal History by

In 1753 Benjamin Franklin was appointed deputy postmaster general for
the British colonies (which then included Nova Scotia, New Hampshire,
Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and
South Carolina). In 1755 Franklin organized the first regular monthly
mail packet service between Falmouth, England, and New York, and
opened the first official post office in Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
to link Halifax with the Atlantic colonies and the packet service to England.
A post office for local and outgoing mail had been started by Benjamin Leigh
in Halifax in April, 1754.

North Atlantic, Halifax and Bermuda Packets Falmouth Packet Archives

Post-Office Packets Falmouth Packet Archives

Mail Packets
English mail services in the late 1700s and early 1800s:
Mails for the West Indies were made up twice monthly at the General
Post Office in London: on the first Wednesday for Jamaica and the
Leeward Islands and on the third Wednesday for the Leeward Islands only.
They were taken to Falmouth by mail coach to arrive on the Saturday
evening and the packet vessels sailed as soon as weather and tide

Similarly mails for Halifax, Quebec and New York were made up in
London on the first Wednesday of every month throughout the year and
for Surinam and Demerara on the second Wednesday, for Lisbon every
Tuesday, Cadiz every second Tuesday, Brazils and Madeira on Tuesday,
Mediterranean and Malta every third Thursday.

The mails for Jersey and Guernsey were made up every Friday night
for Weymouth and the packets sailed from there about four or five
o'clock on Saturday afternoons and returned the following Thursday
or Friday...

Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia

Celtic Cross monument, Halifax Celtic Cross monument Halifax

Plaque: Old Burying Ground Old Burying Ground plaque Halifax

Halifax war memorial, Grand Parade Halifax war memorial The Cenotaph, Grand Parade

Welsford-Parker monument Welsford-Parker monument, Crimean War Halifax

Sailor's Statue, Sackville Landing Sailor's Statue, Sackville Landing Halifax

Sir John Wentworth plaque Sir John Wentworth plaque Halifax

Alexander Keith monument Alexander Keith monument Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax

Captain James Cook monument Halifax

Sir William Alexander monument Sir William Alexander monument Victoria Park, Halifax

S.S. Atlantic 1873 memorial at Sandy Cove, Terence Bay S.S. Atlantic 1873: memorial at Sandy Cove Terence Bay

S.S. Atlantic 1873 memorial at Star of the Sea cemetery, Lower Prospect S.S. Atlantic 1873: memorial at Star of the Sea cemetery Lower Prospect

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First uploaded to the Internet:   2003 October 22