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In 1886, before automobiles, electricity or telephones were introduced in Sackville, a committee of Mount Allison University students chose the school's colours: "cardinal and old gold." Not long after, the colours garnet and gold were adopted, and teams wearing those colours went on to compete and receive numerous accolades in a wide variety of sports before 1919, including rugby football, hockey, basketball and track and field.

This website, Three Cheers for Old Mount A!, details the development of a sporting culture that has remained so important and vital to Mount Allison University today. Mount Allison has a long and rich heritage in sports, and it is one that Allisonians of all ages can take pride in.

Contained in this virtual exhibit are over 250 images and 20,000 words detailing the history of sports at Mount Allison from the opening of the school in 1843 to the end of WWI. In addition, five audio recordings of the Mount Allison Choral Society performing songs and cheers from Mount Allison's past are also contained in this website, within the topic Fans & Cheers.

Many memories of Mount Allison's past are preserved in old photographs and yellowed scrapbooks held by the University Archives, and the presentation of Three Cheers for Old Mount A! is intended to reflect that. When navigating, please click on any thumbnail image to view a larger version and full citation information. Enjoy the tour!

Mount Allison rugby football player, drawing, ca. 1910

Mount Allison women's hockey team, 1902-03


This project was funded by the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund