University History 1930s

The Commerce Department is established. The Saint Mary's Journal begins publication, and the first football team is formed. ‌‌

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Jan. 16, 1936

June, 1938

March 9, 1939



Reverend Brother (William) Cornelia is named President of Saint Mary's.


The first "American-style" football game is played at Saint Mary's versus Dalhousie.


A Commerce department is established.


The first Commerce degree is awarded (to Harold Beazley).


The student newspaper, The Journal, is published for the first time.


Reverend John T. McNally becomes Archbishop of Halifax.


Reverend Brother (Michael) Lannon is named President of Saint Mary's.

31 March, 1938 

The new College Library opens


Archbishop O'Donnell resumes direction of the College.

5 March, 1939 

A mass rally of Catholic high school and college students is held, with Saint Mary's alumnus John Dickie as chair, to protest "immoral reading". 

200th Anniversary Oral History Interviews

Subject: John Dickey 
Interviewer: Angela Baker 
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"Well, it was an interesting old building: perfectly adequate. The classrooms were not ornate or anything but they were perfectly airy and good: high ceilings. The building, of course, was one of the buildings that wasn't too badly damaged in the Halifax Explosion and it was used as an emergency hospital for quite a period of time, as I understand it. It was long before my time but an uncle of mine was a student in the high school at that time. And in the fire escape, the main fire escape, there was still on the walls painted signs that had been put there at the time of the explosion, directing people to emergency facilities and that sort of thing.

"…there was an annual retreat in the fall for all students … generally, it would be a three day program. And then, there was a students mission crusade, which had regular meetings. There were monthly holy hours in the Chapel and that sort of thing. There was a very much more religious training and religious atmosphere than is now possible, I think, in a university that has to be essentially an open university. But at St. Mary's, there were a number of non-Catholic students who were there for the excellence of the education rather than religion. … it was optional. They could take part or not. They didn't generally take part in the annual retreat or some of the things like that but they were exposed to a good deal of religious thought and activity in any event."

(John Dickey, High School and College student, 1929-1936. Recorded as part of the Summer Research Interviews, Feb. 20, 2000. Archives Record 1999.21)

Fees and regulations in 1932

Tuition: $20 per term

Resident Students Tuition, Board, and Laundry per Term: $110

An extra charge of $2.00 per Term is required from students who take typewriting or science.

Students in residence are charged $1 per Term for the use of Library Books.

Boarders whose parents reside in the city may be permitted to join the home circle for some hours on Sunday.


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