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Accession number: 488.5; 73.26
Object type: Anti-Confederation
Date: circa 1867
Materials: STAMPED CLOTH; WOOD; PLEXI GLASS
Measurements: 134 cm L x 86 cm W x 10 cm Thick
Marks/Label: PRINTING ON FRONT READS: "THREE / CHEERS FOR THE / ANTIES".
Subject: CANADA, NOVA SCOTIA, LUNENBURG COUNTY, BRIDGEWATER, PEOPLE, ROBERT DAWSON, JR., BANNER, ANTIES, ANTI CONFEDERATION, SPECIAL EVENTS, PARADE
Narrative: BANNER HUNG AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS IN THE ROBERT DAWSON, SR. HOME, NORTH KING STREET, BRIDGEWATER.  THE SOUTH SHORE OF NOVA SCOTIA WAS ONE OF THE REGIONS THAT STRONGLY REJECTED CONFEDERATION.  ECONOMIC FACTORS WERE DECISIVE IN INFLUENCING THE ANTI-CONFEDERATE FEELINGS.  HERE THE CONFEDERATE PLATFORM HAD LITTLE APPEAL TO THE FISHERMEN AND FARMERS WHO WERE THE ECONOMIC BACKBONE OF THE AREA.  THE RESULTS OF THE 1867 FEDERAL ELECTION SHOW THAT IN LUNENBURG COUNTY AS A WHOLE THE ANTIES HAD 63.5% OF THE VOTES AND 62.5% OF THE SUPPORT WAS IN THE BRIDGEWATER AREA.  WITH THIS IN MIND, IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT THERE WAS AN ANTI-CONFEDERATION PARADE HELD  IN BRIDGEWATER IN 1867.
Description: ANTI-CONFEDERATION BANNER. TRIANGULAR SHAPED BEIGE CLOTH WITH BLUE TRIM. BLACK PRINTING ON FRONT READS: "THREE CHEERS FOR THE ANTIES". MOUNTED IN PLEXI GLASS AND WOOD CASE.
History of Use: BANNER CARRIED BY ROBERT DAWSON, JR. (1858-1929) AGE 9, OF BRIDGEWATER IN ANTI-CONFEDERATION PARADE IN 1867.