Old Hastings Mill Store Museum Opens

 

Survivors of Vancouver’s great fire of 1886 took refuge in Hasting’s Mill Store. The building survived the fire and exists today as the Old Hasting’s Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest building.

Emily Patterson, Vancouver’s pioneer first nurse, is believed to have shopped in the store when it was located on the waterfront. Although not formally trained, Emily took it upon herself to provide medical treatment to her family and community out of sheer necessity.  She became so adept at her skills that she was thought of as a nurse and was widely respected among Indigenous and pioneer residents up and down Burrard Inlet.

Noted author Lisa Anne Smith’s book: Emily Patterson the Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse, chronicles the life of this remarkable woman and can be purchased at the Museum. The author kindly donates some of the royalties to the BCHN Society.

A recent successful Go Fund Me campaign raised the needed money to complete essential building updates and repairs. Donations will always be greatly appreciated as work on preserving this heritage building continues.

The Museum will open July 1 for a shortened summer season.

Opera tells the story of HMHS Llandovery Castle

The HMHS Llandovery Castle was one of five Canadian military hospital ships during the First World War. It was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on June 27, 1918. Of the 234 people who died, 14 were Canadian nurses.

The story of the nurses who died aboard that boat is told in a world premiere opera performed at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo in March 2020.

To learn more about the making of the opera click here: Opera Tells the story of HMHS Llandovery Castle

You can also view the production on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/zV3RDHrgkBA

 

Helen Mussallem’s WW2 nursing uniform on display

Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archives

Lynette Harper, a niece of Dr. Helen Mussallem, recently contacted us to let us know that one of her aunt’s WW2 nursing uniforms was on display at the Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archives.

The Museum’s curator (Shea Henry) shared pictures of the displayed uniform and the accompanying mini biography.

Dr. Mussallem is Canada’s most decorated and beloved nursing leader who had a special place in her heart for the history of nursing. She is one of our esteemed Honourary Members and supported the BC History of Nursing Society since its inception.

 

CBC News reports on Nova Scotia History of Nursing Group

Gloria Stephens, a former BCHNS member left BC a few years back and established the Nova Scotia History of Nursing Group. She was recently interviewed by the CBC Atlantic News that featured the group’s archives located at the former Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in Halifax.  Good job Gloria!!!

To see the interview go to https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/victorial-general-school-of-nursing-alumni-keeping-the-memory-alive-1.5477444

 

WHO Declares 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The role of nursing and midwifery has been recognized by the World Health Organization as they designate 2020 “The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. The designation comes with a push for expansion: “the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030,” a statement on their website reads.

For further information visit WHO Declares 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Surrey Museum presents “Canadian Nurses in War Time”

For Remembrance Day, the Surrey Museum will once again present the one-hour presentation ‘Canadian Nurses in War Time,’ by Renée Saklikar and Ishbel Newstead. The poem-play, written by Surrey’s former poet laureate, is an artistic response to an exhibit about Canadian nurses in war time.  Research was by Ishbel Newstead, a dedicated volunteer with Museum of Surrey and Historic Stewart Farm, who sought help from BCHNS archives and various members.  The author and researcher do the play’s readings.

The poem-play is dedicated to nurses who served in WW 2, and tells the stories of three BC Nursing Sister veterans well-known to BCHNS members.  It was first presented at the Museum in 2017 – and was well received.  This year, the daughter of Margaret Mainwaring, one of the featured BC nursing/sister veterans and who died earlier this year at age 107, is planning to attend while on a visit to Surrey.

BCHNS Members who live in the area may want to try to attend.  The presentation follows the 11 am Remembrance Day ceremonies held at the Surrey Cenotaph, located next door to the Museum.

Thanks to Glennis Zilm for sending this information.

2019 Veterans’ Week Poster

Maxine Bredt, a graduate from the Royal Jubilee Hospital, celebrated her 100th birthday on September 21, 2019. She recently received a quilt of valour and now is featured on the 2019 Veterans’ Week Poster.

2019 Veterans’ Week Poster

Canada remembers the Italian Campaign

This year Canada is observing the 75th anniversary of the Second World War’s Italian Campaign. It was one of our country’s most important contributions to the Allied war effort; more than 93,000 Canadians served in Italy from the summer of 1943 to early 1945. Our soldiers fought their way across the island of Sicily and up the boot of Italy across a challenging landscape of mountains and river valleys in the face of harsh weather conditions and a skilled enemy.

This special commemorative poster features Lieutenant Maxine Llewelyn Bredt. She was a Nursing Sister in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps who helped treat the sick and wounded during the Italian Campaign. A recent picture of Ms. Bredt in her former uniform is superimposed on an historical photo showing soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Sicilian town of Agira after capturing it in July 1943.

To see the poster click here https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/posters/2019

 

 

 

CONGRESS OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 2019

Date: 01 Jun 2019 — 07 Jun 2019

Presented by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences | UBC

Room: Various UBC Point Grey sites

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 88th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

The joint conference of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine will be part of the congress, from June 1st – 3rd.

A special program to commemorate 100 years of university nursing education in Canada and the UBC School of Nursing’s Centenary and is included on June 3.

For information on the joint CSHM – CAHN conference, visit the website of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing: https://cahn-achn.ca/

Or the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, annual conference: https://cshm-schm.ca/

For the preliminary program: https://cahn-achn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/70-cshm-schm-2019-04-07-DRAFT2.pdf

For information on conference registration and accommodation: https://www.congress2019.ca/register [register with the CSHM, Society #70, at the Congress]

Visit www.congress2019.ca for more details.