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The Halifax Literary Walking Tour

Government House
Government House, 1451 Barrington St.

2. Thomas Raddall

Before you stands Government House, Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor's residence. It was built between 1800 and 1805 for Governor Sir John Wentworth, a Loyalist from New Hampshire. His wife, Lady Frances, is best known for her scandalous love affair with Prince William Henry, third son of George III, in the 1780's.

You can read all about the affair in Thomas Raddall’s fictional romance, The Governor’s Lady (1960). Raddall, a beloved Nova Scotian author, chose early Halifax for many of his novels, mixing real historical figures and events with fictional characters. He began his career in 1928, writing articles for MacLean’s Magazine. Later, Raddall would receive two Governor General Awards for his historical fiction and one for his popular history, Halifax: Warden of the North (1948). The title of the book was inspired by a line in Rudyard Kipling’s tribute to Halifax, called "Songs of the Cities", in the collection The Seven Seas (1896). Today, Raddall’s works are still chosen favourites for fans of early Halifax history.

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