Collection - Mary Ellen Birtles

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Mary Ellen Birtles

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  • 1859 (Creation)
    Mary Ellen Birtles

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(1859 -)

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Mary Ellen Birtles was born in Yorkshire, England in 1859. She emigrated with her family to Alexander, Manitoba in 1883. Mary Ellen and her sister Sarah went to the Winnipeg General Hospital and graduated in the first class of nurses in 1889. She worked at WGH for two years then at a small hospital in North Dakota in 1888 for a few months. She accepted a position in Medicine Hat in 1890. In October, 1892 she returned to Manitoba to take the position of senior nurse in the new Brandon Hospital. She went to Calgary in 1894 to take charge of the new hospital being built there. There she established the Training School for Nurses.

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Acquired by the Nurses Alumnae Association

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Photocopies, biographical sketches, writing by Mary Ellen Birtles, cards, correspondence, periodicals, journal and newspaper articles

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