The first female medical graduate from Dalhousie

By Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray Women had a rough time getting into medical schools in the 19th century. In England, Scotland, The United States and Canada, women were applying to medical schools but being refused entry. Queen’s University allowed a few women in at this time but the outcry from faculty, students and...

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Reading, writing, and living well

By Janet Murray and Dr. Jock Murray For The Advocate Our parents used to say, “Get a good education and you’ll get a good job.” Current parents should say, “Get a good education and you will be healthier, happier, and live longer.” In an earlier column we wrote about the social determinants of health and...

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Thomas McCulloch after Pictou Academy

Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate By 1836, the Rev. Thomas McCulloch, principal of Pictou Academy, was becoming discouraged. He was resisted in his efforts to get adequate funding for the Academy, and have it recognized as an institution of higher learning. He was mourning the deaths of a daughter and son...

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Pictou Literature and Scientific Society

By Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate Pictou was a vibrant and exciting town in 1834. The town had 1,600 Scots and 300 buildings, second in size to Halifax in the province, and with the leading educational institution. If you walked down Water Street you would see the bustling businesses and a...

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Educator wants to bring knowledge, experience to council

After a long career of demonstrated service and dedication to every community he has belonged to, Pictou native Jerry Cyr is enthusiastic to help grow the community he knows and loves. Cyr was born and raised in Pictou and is the son of the late Arnold and Bessie Cyr. He graduated from Pictou Academy and...

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Some early Pictou physicians

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray When settlers first came to Pictou from Philadelphia on the brigantine Betsy in 1767, six years before the Hector, there was a physician on board, Dr. John Harris, who was the agent of the Philadelphia Company. On the day of arrival he delivered his wife of a son...

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MacMillan, Davey Academy medal winners

DITOR’S NOTE: The Class of 2020 is one for the history books. The threat of COVID-19 has cancelled graduation cemeonies across the province and beyond. While traditional graduation ceremonies could not be held, grads at each of the high schools in Pictou County were given their moment in the sun… The smiles on the faces...

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Loneliness

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray “All the lonely people, Where do they all come from?” — Eleanor Rigby, by Paul McCartney ^ When former prime minister Theresa May of Great Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness, she said it was recognizing one of the greatest public health challenges of our age. If you...

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Academy graduate unsung hero of the 1918 Spanish Influenza

By Dr. T. Jock Murray Special to The Advocate The pandemic of influenza in 1918-1919, known as the Spanish flu, killed 40-50 million people worldwide. Nova Scotia had a low rate of deaths compared to other areas in North America and it is important to look at the factors that may have helped, and the...

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Our Pictou Island nurse

It is a known fact that those of us who lived on Pictou Island during earlier years had our own Florence Nightingale. I had always known her as Margaret Jack, wife of Jack (Happy) MacDonald. Margaret was born in 1897 to Charles and Ann MacCallum of Pictou Island. Her ambition as like many young girls...

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