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Minnie Gomery Fonds
The fonds illustrates Dr. Gomery's work as a medical missionary and consists of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, a guestbook from the John Bishop Memorial Hospital in Islamabad, maps of Kashmir, a Kashmiri hymn book, and a facsimile of her book "Neighbors in Kashmir." The fonds additionally contains an obituary and an detailed account of Gomery family history.
Minnie Gomery was born in Birmingham, England on July 15, 1875. She was the third child of Henry Gumery (he later changed the spelling to Gomery) and his wife Sarah Smith. When Minnie was 9 years of age, the family immigrated to Quebec, finally settling ... »in Montreal in 1892. Around this time, she decided to become a medical missionary of the Anglican Church, and enrolled in medical school at Bishop's University in 1894. Upon her graduation in 1898, Dr. Gomery found her options for work in Montreal severely limited as many hospitals refused to admit women as medical students. Moreover, as a woman she was not permitted to perform surgery, and could gain no practical experience in this area. Deciding that Canada had little to offer her professionally, she spent 18 months in theological and medical training in London under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society. This organization sent her to Kashmir in 1900, where she worked for almost 50 years.