Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
stamp commemorating Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
"Because the fiftieth anniversary of Confederation occurred in 1917 during the First World War, it was deemed inappropriate to mark the event, with much fanfare while Canadian men were fighting and dying on the  battlefields of the Western Front."
"The government decided that the sixtieth anniversary in 1927 would be an occasion for a proper celebration."

Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
"Like thousands of small communities across the country, the residents of Imperoyal Village also celebrated the occasion in style. To add to the occasion, the band of the 66th Regiment (today the Princess Louise Fusiliers) was brought over to Imperoyal from Halifax. A large parade formed up beside the Imperoyal School, consisting of the band and a contingent of flag-waving schoolchildren and adults. Children from other schools and their parents also joined the festivities.

Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
Canada's Diamond Jubilee July 1, 1927
The band led a parade of village residents along flag-bedecked Avenue B from the school to the children's playground. Having arrived at their destination at the playground, the adults and children of Imperoyal Village listened to speeches extolling their country's virtues and its place in the world."
excerpts from "Historic Eastern Passage", chapter 9 by John Boileau

Sunday drives to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  1. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  2. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  3. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  4. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  5. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  6. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
  7. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s corner of Pleasant and Everette Streets
  8. Sundays, drive to Imperoyal-United Church, 1920s
Family Day in the 1940s
  1. Family Day 1940s
  2. Family Day 1940s
  3. Family Day 1940s
  4. Family Day 1940s
  5. Family Day 1940s
  6. Family Day 1940s
  7. Family Day 1940s
  8. Family Day 1940s
  9. Family Day 1940s
  10. Family Day 1940s
  11. Family Day 1940s
  12. Family Day 1940s
  13. Family Day 1940s
  14. Family Day 1940s
  15. Family Day 1940s
  16. Family Day 1940s
  17. Family Day 1940s
  18. Family Day 1940s
The   Whitlock                                    Family
  1. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  2. Linda Whitlock and Evelyn Leeson
  3. in back: Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock, in front: Marie, Linda and Joyce Whitlock
  4. in back: Linda and Joyce Whitlock, unknown, Mr. Whitlock in background middle row: Marie Whitlock front row: dolls unidentified
  5. Linda Whitlock and Mary Ann Mitchel
  6. front row: Linda and Marie Whitlock next row back: Blaire and Ann Dyer next row back: Joyce Whitlock, unknown, unknown back row: unknown, unknown, Carol Heatherington
  7. front row: Marilyn Wiley, Linda Whitlock, Marilyn Pirie, middle row: Marie Whitlock, Madeline Mackenzie back row: Dorothy Allen, unknown, unknown, Janet Pirie, Ann Dyer
  8. The Sarnia Refiner August 1945 - Carl Whitlock, an employee of the Dartmouth, N.S., Imperial refinery, renewed old acquaintances at a recent visit to the local plant. (where he once worked)
  9. in back: Aline Romkey third row: Paul Romkey, Lois Heatherington, Marie Whitlock, unknown second row: unknown, Linda Whitlock front row: David Wise, Burton Dumeresq, unknown, Robert Romkey, Wayne Heatherington
Imperoyal Village Clubhouse
Imperoyal Clubhouse was the center of village social activities:  weekly card games, dances, rainy day table tennis matches and theme parties.


  1. Built in 1917, it was used by the Imperial Oil Plant construction manager. Later it was dismantled and rebuilt as a cottage for the janitor at Imperoyal School. When the cottage was no longer needed, it was moved to the tennis/recreation area and converted to a club house.
  2. Imperoyal Clubhouse
  3. the Whitlock family in front of Imperoyal Club House
  4. Imperoyal Clubhouse weekly card game 1950
  5. Imperoyal Clubhouse
  6. "California Here I Come" night at the Imperoyal Clubhouse
  7. "California Here I Come" night at the Imperoyal Clubhouse
  8. "California Here I Come" night at the Imperoyal Clubhouse
  9. Imperoyal Clubhouse
  10. Imperoyal Clubhouse
  11. Imperoyal Clubhouse
  12. Imperoyal Clubhouse
the Community
Photos of family members, friends, special occasions, community outings and related newspaper clippings.


  1. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  2. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  3. rafting on Halifax Harbour, vintage photo, date unknown
  4. playing on ice floes Halifax Harbour, vintage photo, date unknown
  5. outdoor hockey rink, vintage photo, date unknown
  6. outdoor hockey rink, vintage photo, date unknown
  7. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  8. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  9. John Romkey on his motorcycle by Tait's Grocery Store, Pleasant St, Dartmouth 1940s
  10. Charlie Wise well known and active member of Imperoyal Village, father of Peter Wise (17) who drowned in a tragic boating accident on Porter Lake, two days after Christmas
  11. Peter Wise on stilts. Peter tragically drowned in a boating accident on Porters Lake when he was 17 years old.
  12. On December 27 Peter Wise and Ian Crockett drowned on Porters Lake, their friends David Nicholson and Laurie Borne were rescued. The boat they were in was over-loaded and capsized. Peter had recently graduated from Imperoyal School and was attending Queen Elizabeth High. Peter's father Charlie Wise was a prominent member of Imperoyal Village.
  13. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  14. standing: brothers Donald and John, Jimmie Harris, Carole H. sitting: unknown, Aline (sister), Joyce W., Anna Van, Roseann, Tommie A.
  15. front to back: Jim Taylor, Robert (brother), Claire (mom), Rosemany and Hilda Gilbert, Aline (sister) in back, Paul Romkey, brothers Don and John who is standing
  16. in back: David Wise, unknown, Wayne Heatherington, in front: Robert (brother), John MacLeod and Freddy
  17. my sister Nancy's birthday party
  18. Nancy's birthday party: Susan P., Nancy (sister), Mary Ellen Clark, Heather Tait, Barbara Marks, Janice Towers
  19. Nancy's birthday party: Mary Ellen Clark, Susan P., Nancy (sister), Janice Towers, Heather Tait, Barbara Marks
  20. Wilfred
  21. left to right: unknown, Barbara Marks, Shirley Smith, Nancy (sister)
  22. in back: Tommy and Bruce Mills, Wilfred, Michael Sullivan middle: Shirley and Annie Smith, Nancy (sister) in front: Cathy Mills, unknown
  23. Tommy and Bruce Mills, Wilfred, Michael Sullivan
  24. the Hartley family: Elsie, Alfred, John, Hattie (their mother) and Bob John Hartley wrote the book "Imperoyal Village Our Place In The Past"
  25. Imperial Oil Silver Sands Picnic 1955 Audrey Rood and her husband Roy, Nancy (sister), Claire (mom)
  26. opening of the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge Halifax-Dartmouth in 1955
  27. Dartmouth Natal Day 1950s
  28. Dartmouth Natal Day 1950s
  29. Dartmouth Natal Day 1950s
  30. Dartmouth Natal Day 1950s
  31. Christmas party at Paul Romkey's home December 29, 1983
  32. September 26, 2004, in the back: Bob and John Hartley, in front: Linda and Joyce Whitlock, Carol and Lois Heatherington
  33. Robert (brother), Piror (dad) and Nancy (sister) Dartmouth Natal Day 1950s
  34. in back: Shirley and Annie Smith, Nancy (sister) in front: unknown, Cathy Mills
  35. Imperoyal Village, Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia