Halifax Annual Reports

Summary of City of Halifax Annual Reports (102-1I)

This page contains relevant sections from the City of Halifax Annual Reports relating to the Halifax Explosion. Report names are hyperlinked to a PDF of the digitized report.


City Auditor report

  • City finances are “in such a state on account of the explosion of December 6th” but hopeful this is temporary and the Halifax Relief Commission will take care of the expenses incurred.
  • Rest of report summarizes finances of the City.

City Prison report

  • Damage to the City Prison, the fence surrounding the prison yard, and the concrete walk, caused by the Explosion; temporary and permanent work has been carried out in order to repair damage.

City Home report

  • Discusses the number of people supported in the City Home, the largest number during the year being on December 6, 1917 when there were 341 people seeking assistance.

Citizen's Free Library report

  • Library was closed for a few weeks following the Explosion and used as a food depot.

Chief of Police report

  • After the Explosion the regular patrolmen worked overtime and were supplemented by “a number of specials… recruited from citizens of all ranks” who assisted the Police department.
  • Work of Detective department has increased due to increase in number of non-residents due in part to the War, as well as the Explosion.

Fire Department report

  • Accidents and Deaths which occurred during the year include the names of the firemen who were injured during the Explosion – John Hennessy, Joseph Johnston, William Wells, Frank Leahy (who later died from his injuries) – and those who died – Chief Edward P. Condon, Assistant Chief William P. Brunt, Hosemen Frank Killeen and Mickel Maltus, Captain William T. Broderick, Hosemen Walter Hennessy and John Duggan (missing, body never recovered).


City Auditor report

  • p. 27-28: Briefly acknowledges the work the Relief Commission is doing for Halifax, as well as the “sympathy and monetary relief extended us by the world” following the Explosion.
  • p. 108c: Relief Commission – Schools Accounts – statement of receipts and expenditure on schools.

 Citizen’s Free Library report

  • Mentions the interruption to the Library’s work caused by the Explosion and then the influenza epidemic which caused the library to shut down for a portion of the year.


City Auditor report

  • p. 27 – expecting settlement from Relief Commission; Housing Commission has built 50 houses, at an expenditure of $200,000 with $300,000 more expected due to the housing shortage within the City.
  • p. 35 – bonds of $565,000 for the Halifax Relief Commission for cash advanced to the City.
  • p. 121 – Relief Commission, Schools Account.

*Note: The Halifax Municipal Archives does not currently have a copy of the Halifax City Report 1918-1919. The Nova Scotia Archives, where this research and scans were compiled, has a copy on microfilm that is accessible to researchers.