Series S4 - Diaries

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6.5 cm of textual records

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(31 July 1877 - 14 October 1970)

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Alfreda Jean Attrill was born in Minden, Ontario on July 31, 1877, but grew up near Dauphin, Manitoba. She began teaching in Northern Manitoba in 1898, but decided to enter the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing programme in 1906. She graduated in 1909 and remained at the hospital until 1914. On August 5, 1914, she enlisted to serve overseas, the first Winnipeg nurse to do so, with the Nursing Sisters of Manitoba. At the conclusion of the war, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal. When she returned to Canada in 1919, she began her work with Winnipeg's Department of Public Health. Alfreda was also heavily involved in the St. John Ambulance Association beginning in 1911. In 1924 she became the Superintendent of the Fort Garry Division. She served as a Serving Sister of St. John from 1933 to 1936. She was proclaimed a Dame of Grace of the St. John Ambulance Association in 1966. One year later, the Association named her a Dame of Justice. Alfreda Attrill passed away on October 14, 1970.

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The records of Alfreda J. Attrill came to the Archives/Museum of the Winnipeg General Hospital/Health Sciences Centre Nurses Alumnae Association as part of a transfer of records from Sandra Moulton on September 24, 2003; H. Enyd Forrest in November 1990; G. Chapman in 1970; from the Estate of Alfreda Attrill; and from Margaret Steele in 2010.

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Series consists of three journals written by Alfreda Jean Attrill. Records include an account of events of the year 1914, a five-year journal which records important dates and milestones, as well as From Day to Day with Kipling, an edited collection of Rudyard Kipling’s poetry. The book of poetry has been included in this series as it has been treated as a diary by Miss Attrill, who has noted important dates in the book.

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Created on August 12, 2013.

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