Brown (nee Wright) SharleyBryce (1879-1944)

brownSee also Memories of Scharley Wright Brown and Helen Randal by Jacqueline Ratzlaff in book collection

Mrs. Bryce Brown (Sharley P. Wright) was born in Toronto and attended the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Harbor Hospital, Detroit, from which she graduated in 1904. When her roommate Nellie McComb contracted smallpox in the course of her duties,Sharley accompanied her to the “pest house” where she nursed her to recovery.

She moved to New Westminster in 1908 and became that city’s first school nurse. In 1912 she was instrumental in bringing together 68 nurses from Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster and Kamloops to organize the Graduate Nurses Association of British Columbia, forerunner of the RNABC. She became third president of the Canadian Nurses Association (1914-1917), but retired from active nursing following her marriage in 1915.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Five excerpts from The Canadian Nurse Journal. — 1917-1918.
  2. Hand written notes by Esther Paulson, Feb. 15, 1999.
  3. Vital Statistics—Marriage Registration, 1915.
  4. Information on the Farrand Training School—excerpts from an article written by Frank P. Woodford and Philip P. Mason, Harper of Detroit, (1964).
  5. Registration of deaths: Charlotte Phoebe Brown and Robert Bryce Brown
  6. Letter from Monica Green to Glennis Zilm, April 27, 1992.
  7. “The Presidents, 1912-1987: 75 Years of Caring.” RNABC News Nov.-Dec. 1987, p. 19.
  8. “Profile: BC Nursing Leader.” History of Nursing Group Newsletter, June 1993, pp. 8-9.
  9. Additional Notes
  10. Nomination to the RNABC Memorial book.
  11. Nomination to the CNA Memorial book
  12. Photocopied photograph
  13. Glennis Zilm and Ethel Warbinek, “Profile of a Leader: Scharley Phoebe (Wright) Brown, CJNL(September-October 1999), 12 (3) pp. 24-26.
  14. Obituaries, British Columbia Daily, June 13, 1944, p. 5, The Canadian Nurse (1944), 40 (8), p. 576.