Series S5 - Travel Accounts

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Travel Accounts

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0.5 cm of textual records

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Laura Johnson was born in 1896 to Henrik and Oddny Johnson. Lundar, Manitoba was named by her parents when they settled there in 1888 in honour of their hometown in Iceland.

Laura graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1926 and from the mid 1930s until 1959 worked for the Manitoba Department of Health as a Public Health Nurse. In 1932 she was the Public Health Nurse in The Pas, Manitoba, nine years later she moved to Ontario, graduating in Public Health from the University of Toronto School of Nursing in 1942. By 1943 she was the Supervisor of Public Health Nurses in Manitoba. Her career took her all over Manitoba. She worked as a district nurse at Fisher Branch and Melita as well as other nursing stations and in 1947 returned to Iceland with her mother on an extended visit. Whilst there she explored public health nursing in that country. In 1957 she attended the 11th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses in Rome. She retired from Public Health Nursing in 1959 due to ill health and moved to Calgary. In 1976 she married Alfred Henke. She died on June 1, 1977 at the age of 81.

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Collection was acquired by Freda Easy, the niece of Laura Johnson and donated to the HSC Archives/Museum in 2011.

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The series consists of memoirs and information written by Laura Johnson. The series is divided into two subseries. The first subseries documents her trip to Iceland and provides information on the geography, climate, history and people of Iceland. Laura Johnson has also provided information on her mother’s family background and on the medical system in Iceland, including information on nurses, doctors and hospitals. The second subseries records her time spent in Fisher Branch and provides information on the nursing station and her impressions of the station, its staff, patients and community.

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No further accruals are anticipated.

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Created on August 22, 2013.

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