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DesBrisay Museum

Album, Photograph


Accession number: 91.15.107
Category: Memorabilia
Object type: Family
Date: circa 1900
Materials: PAPER
Measurements: 27.8 cm W x 18.4 cm H x 1.4 cm Thick
Military Unit: OLIVETTE
Vessel Name: OLIVETTE
Subject: LUNENBURG COUNTY, LUNENBURG, DR. THOMAS DESBRISAY, SHIPS, OLIVETTE, RECREATION, CANOEING, CARRIAGE, POST OFFICE, CITADEL, TOWN CLOCK, ANIMALS, HORSES, OXEN, TOMBSTONES, CEMETERIES, FRANCIS LAYTON, ABIGAIL LAYTON, STEVENS, RAILWAYS, BRIDGES, FAMILY SCENES
Narrative: Dr. R. Thomas DeLacour DesBrisay was born 19 July 1849 in Dartmouth, N.S., the son of Thomas Belcher DesBrisay and Lucretia Woodward.  Married 5 January 1877 to Ella Jane Robbins of Pubnico, N.S. and had sons Dr. Charles and William.  Thomas DeLacour DesBrisay was educated in private schools, took a three year medical course at Harvard University, then attended Bowdoin College in Maine, USA, from which he graduated in 1876.  He started in partnership with Dr. Calder at Bridgewater and after three years, went to Dartmouth where he remained a year, and then relocated to Lunenburg, N.S. where for 40 years he had a large and lucrative practice.  Member of the Methodist Church and of the trustee board from 1885 to 1896.  Was Past Grand of the I.O.O.F., member of the Encampment and a member of Rising Sun Lodge for 30 years.  DesBrisay is described in his obituary as "charitable and hospitable, a friend to the needy and poor, and ever ready to help in all good causes.  He was very much loved and will be sadly missed by his patients and the town in general."  DesBrisay died 19 February 1923 at Lunenburg and buried was in Lunenburg Hillcrest Cemetery, N.S. next to his wife.    His son Charles was a practicing dentist in Halifax and his son William died at Winnipeg during the influenza epidemic a few years ago.
Description: GREEN SOFT COVER, BLACK PAGES.  ALBUM OF SNAPSHOTS OF DR. THOMAS DESBRISAY FAMILY, CHILDREN AND VARIOUS FAMILY MEMBERS.  THERE ARE 11 PAGES WITH PHOTOS ON BOTH SIDES, AND 14 BLANK PAGES. MOSTLY TAKEN IN LUNENBURG TOWN AREA.
History of Use: BELONGED TO DR. THOMAS DESBRISAY OF LINCOLN STREET, LUNENBURG. IMAGE OF HIM IN FRONT OF HIS OFFICE.