Gordon Hatfield’s Tusket


Much of what we know about rural photographer Gordon Sullivan Hatfield is based on Canadian census returns, church or municipal records, and photographs of his that have survived to the present. Apparently Hatfield took up photography between 1891 and 1900. Probably in 1901 he moved from Tusket Falls to live with Eleanor Jane (MacKinnon) Hatfield, his maternal grandmother, in her home at what is now #24 John White Road, on the northern edge of the Tusket River basin on which the village of Tusket is situated. By 1903 he had established a photographic studio in one of the outbuildings situated across the the road from the house on the banks of the Tusket River. Most of his photographic work probably occurred between 1895 and 1915, although some of his photographs were dated as late as 1924. In 1929 or 1930 Hatfield was appointed the Stipendiary Magistrate for Tusket, and he served in that capacity until his death in 1944 at the age of 73. [1]

Here below is a selection of Gordon Hatfield’s photographs of Tusket.

References and Notes

    [1] Peter Crowell, “Gordon S. Hatfield –– Tusket Photographer.” The Argus, vol. 26(1), Spring 2014, pp. 37–45.

    [2] For more information about Tusket please see: Don R. Pothier, History of Tusket, Nova Scotia. Argyle Municipality Historical and Genealogical Society, Tusket, Nova Scotia, 2010. xvi+397 pp.

    [3] I thank archivist Peter Crowell, of the Argyle Township Court House and Archives (ATCHA), for providing access to photographs by, and archival material concerning, Gordon Hatfield. All photographs labeled ATCHA are copyrighted; please contact the Archives if you wish to acquire copies.

William Day (1 March 2016)