Martha Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society. Established in 1932, Martha paid the first life membership but she died in 1934 and did not see the Society incorporate later that year.
Martha Harvey was the wife of John Harvey, founder of Harvey’s Studio on Queen Street in 1883. John died in 1901 at which time Martha took over the business and eventually sold it to Frank Pridham in 1917.
Martha was an active member of the Fredericton’s Woman’s Institute, the IODE, the Social Service Council and many other charities.
The Martha J. Harvey Award of Distinction is presented for outstanding contribution in the field of New Brunswick History, more particularly for its significance and applicability to central New Brunswick and/or for long and meritorious service or contribution to the Society. Individuals and possibly groups can be considered for the award.
1981 – Lt. Gen E.W. Sansom
1984 – Senator Muriel Fergusson and Lucy McNeil
1985 – Dr. Alfred Baily and Dr. D.J. McLeod
1986 – Louise Hill
1987 – Fred H. Phillips
1988 – Dr. Elizabeth McGahan and Dr. Stuart Smith
1989 – Dr. James Chapman
1990 – Alden J. Clark
1991 – Dr. Ivan H. Crowell
1992 – Velma Kelly
1993 – Ted Jones and Dr. Murray Young
1994 – Donna Wallace
1995 – Richard Bird
1996 – Fred White
1998 – Ruth Scott
2000 – Government of New Brunswick Heritage Branch
2004 – Frederick Wilmot Hubbard
2005 – Mr. & Mrs. T.W. Acheson
2009 – Paul O’Connell
2010 – The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society and the Honorable David Dickson
2011 – Bob Dallison and George Bidlake
2012 – Brian Hallett and Eleanor Stillwell
2013 – Dr. Vincent Erickson and Don Roberts
2014 – Melynda Jarratt and Elizabeth Earl
2015 – Dr. C. Mary Young
2016 – Dr. Sheila Andrew