Fonds MS-2-694 - Judge Peter O'Hearn fonds

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Judge Peter O'Hearn fonds

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  • [after 1917] - [before 1986] ; predominantly 1960 - 1979 (Creation)
    O'Hearn, Peter

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33.5 cm of textual records
5 photographs ; b&w : 20 x 25.5 cm or smaller

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(1917 - 1986)

Biographical history

Peter O'Hearn was a legal scholar and prominent Catholic layman who served 21 years as a County Court Judge in Halifax. He was born 2 January 1917 to the Hon. Judge Walter O'Hearn and Catherine Mahoney, and was raised and educated in Halifax. He earned a BA from Saint Mary's University in 1937 and a teaching certificate from Dalhousie in 1938. Following post-graduate work in education at McGill University, he served overseas in the Second World War until he was invalided home in 1942. In 1950 he was appointed as a Crown prosecutor for Halifax County, and in 1965 was named to the county court for District 1, a post held by his father 30 years earlier. O'Hearn organized the legal aid service of the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society in 1950, served as president of the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Red Cross, the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, the city's Charitable Irish Society and the Halifax-Dartmouth Council of Churches. He died 7 May 1986 at the age of 69.

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Records were transferred from the Atlantic School of Theology Library to Dalhousie University Archives in February 1996. Further custodial history is unknown.

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Fonds consists of Peter O'Hearn's records regarding his professional activities and studies in criminal and family law. Record types include meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, booklet, typescripts, and other textual records.

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  • English
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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Judge Peter O'Hearn fonds, MS-2-694, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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