Fonds PR0431 - E. Mary Johnstone fonds

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E. Mary Johnstone fonds

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    • [ca. 1930] (Creation)

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    89 photographs

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    Biographical history

    Dr. Emma Mary Johnstone was born in 1879 at Manipu, India, near the border of Burma, to Emma and James Johnstone, who was the British adviser to the Raj. Mary Johnstone returned to England for her schooling and eventually opened a medical practice.

    In the early 1920's, in response to a lecture given by the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf about the horrible conditions the settlers in Grande Prairie, Alberta faced, Johnstone moved to Alberta offered her services to George Hoadley, then Minister of Health. She was sent to Wanham, Alberta and in 1928 was asked by Hoadley to help try to influence other female doctors to work in outlying districts of Alberta. Johnstone then traveled to England to interview possible candidates and while there, lectured for the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, who raised money for supplies to be sent to Canada and to cover the fares of the three female doctors who were going to Alberta.

    Johnstone then returned to Alberta and worked as a doctor for a number of years in a variety remote settlements, and distributed clothing, books and other items sent to Alberta by the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf. During World War II Johnstone returned to London, England and was in command of a mobile first aid post for the duration of the war. After the war, she returned to Edmonton and campaigned for the start of the Flying Ambulance service.

    She died in Edmonton in 1975.

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    Fonds consists of photographs depicting people, views, and hospitals in various towns in northern Alberta including Peace River, Grande Prairie, and Fort Garry. Also includes Montreal, Quebec, the Rocky Mountains, and other northern Alberta regions.

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    Dr. E. Mary Johnstone deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1970.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Inventory is available.

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        An oral history by Dr. Mary Johnstone can be found in accession GR1969.0259.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A file under location numbers A.2008-A.2013. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the oral history by Dr. Mary Johnstone in accession GR1969.0259.

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