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Florence Martin Hollinshead fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
WCH-HOL
STEM Field: 
Nursing
Description: 

The fonds contains the records of Florence Martin Hollinshead dated 1911-1915, as well as copies made in 1973. The fonds consists of a letter, a newspaper clipping, a photograph, and a notebook belonging to Florence Hollinshead.

Biography/Administrative History: 

Florence Martin was born in England in 1885. She trained as a nurse with a Home Nursing Group in London in 1911 and came to Canada sometime between 1912-1913. In 1913, Florence Martin joined the staff of Women's College Hospital and Dispensary as its first Superintendent. In July 1915, she played a significant role in the opening of the Hospital's new building at 125 Rusholme Road. In November 1915, Florence Martin was released from her position as Superintendent. Although her primary duty was administrative, the Hospital also required its superintendent to assist with nursing duties when required. However, new government regulations required that all hospital nurses hold a minimum educational standard, which Martin did not possess. Florence Martin married Redferne Hollinshead, a famous New York tenor, in 1919. They settled in New York City, where Florence Martin continued to live until her death in 1978.

Date(s): 
1911-1915, 1973
Extent: 
1.5 cm of textual records, 1 photograph
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
Women's College Hospital
Collection Contact: 
wch.archives@wchospital.ca
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