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Fonds AM537 - Dr. Frank C. McTavish collection

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Dr. Frank C. McTavish collection

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  • 1909-1940 (Creation)
    McTavish, Dr. Frank C.

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0.02 m

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Dr. Frank Cornwall McTavish was born in Palmrya, Ontario, in 1872, and came to Vancouver in 1903 after serving in the Boer War, 1899-1902. In 1905, he was appointed surgeon-lieutenant in the 6th Regiment, The Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles. In 1906, Dr. McTavish raised the 18th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps. After World War One, he became Provincial Secretary of the St. John Ambulance Association. Dr. McTavish was a well known orthopaedic surgeon and was on staff at the Vancouver General Hospital for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the Crippled Children's Hospital, where he served as chief surgeon until his death in 1936.

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The collection consists of correspondence re condolences on Dr. McTavish's death in 1936; St. John Ambulance Association honourary life membership, 1909; annual reports of the Women's Institute's Hospital Association for Crippled Children, 1925 and 1926; an annual report for the Crippled Children's Hospital, 1939; a postcard; an unpublished biography, 1940; and a copy of the Vancouver Sun dated 30 November 1929 re the Crippled Children's Hospital.

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Donated by Isobel McTavish in 1977.


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Newspaper page from file 12 is available, in the file, on microfiche.

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  • Box: 565-G-06 fld 10-12