Titanic 100 Years

The Haligonians

1.  Hilda Slayter
(Google Map Stops #7, #15)

Hilda Slayter grew up in the house at 1706 Argyle Street, which now houses the St. Paul's Parish Office.

A 2nd class passenger aboard the Titanic, she was returning to Canada for her wedding. After she was rescued, she was interviewed by the Halifax Herald. In the interview she tells the story of the heroic orchestra members who continued to play even as the ship was sinking.

Courtesy of the Chronicle Herald

Shortly after she landed in Halifax, Hilda travelled to British Columbia where she married Henry RD Lacon. Following her death on April 23, 1965 on the Isle of Wight, Hilda was buried in the Slayter family plot in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax.

Slideshow: Hilda Slayter's House


2.  George Wright
(Google Map Stop #4, #13, #22)

Photo of George Wright

Millionaire George Wright was the second Haligonian aboard the Titanic, but unlike Hilda Slayter, he did not survive the disaster.

During his lifetime, George Wright left his stamp on the city of Halifax, commissioning local architect, James Dumaresq, to design  several notable buildings and housing developments in the area, including his personal residence at 989 Young Avenue.

Image courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives. http://novascotia.ca/archives/virtual/Notman/archives.asp?ID=141

Slideshow: Commercial Properties


Wright is also known as the creator of Wright's Trade Directory, a publication that led to his financial success.

Photos from the collection of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum

Just days before he boarded the Titanic, Wright revised his will and bequeathed his Young Avenue mansion to the Local Council of Women. Another bequest,  $20 000, ultimately went to the YMCA to "to bring the people together to uplift and train them to higher ideals." The gift was acknowledged with a plaque that can be seen in the lobby of the YMCA building on South Park Street.

Slideshow: George Wright's house

Canada's Historic Places - Local Council of Women House, Halifax


George Wright's remains were never recovered. A memorial stone was erected by his brother in Christ Church Cemetery, Dartmouth.