Edith Jessie Archibald died in Halifax (b. 1854). She was a leading feminist of her time, a writer and novelist who led the Maritime Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the National Council of Women of Canada and the Local Council of Women of Halifax. From 1897 to 1901 she was president of the Halifax VON (Victoria Order of Nurses), and served as vice-president of the NS Red Cross in 1914, chairing the department responsible for Canadian prisoners of war overseas. She later chaired the Halifax Conservative Women’s Auxiliary. Her father was Sir Edward Mortimer, of whom she wrote a biography
in 1924. In 1997 she was designated a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada.