Cape Breton University will present the nineteenth annual J.B. McLachlan lecture this year on November 23, 2017, at the Old Bank Building at 175 Charlotte Street in Sydney. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by John Reid, a member of the Department of History and professor at Saint Mary’s University. The lecture focuses on the origins and significance of the sport of cricket as it relates to Cape Breton.
“The J.B. McLachlan lecture is an event that allows the community to take time to reflect on their fruitful history. This year may be especially informative, as cricket has origins in Nova Scotia which people may not have previously been aware about,” Says Andy Parnaby, Associate Professor of History and Department Chair.
John Reid is Senior Research Fellow of the Gorsebrook Research Institute. Past publications of his include Hector Maclean: The Writings of a Loyalist-Era Military Settler in Nova Scotia and Clio’s Lives: Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians. He has also written two articles about the history of the sport of Cricket in Nova Scotia.
J.B. McLachlan was a Scottish immigrant and coal miner who arrived in Cape Breton in 1902. He lead district 26 of the United Mine Workers of America and is a dedicated radical, journalist and union organizer. He died in 1937. The McLachlan lecture is held annually to coincide with the awarding of the McLachlan scholarship, and provides an opportunity to reflect on organized labour’s rich past and present struggles. The lecture series also provides an opportunity to educate people about one of Canada’s finest labour leaders. This event is free and open to the public.