Dr. Brearley Collection

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About the Author:
Donald Brearley is a native of Belleville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Guy Gage Brearley, and a graduate of Queen’s University Medical School in 1970. He soon established himself in the practice of his life’s work in his hometown where he has practiced his profession for 40 years.

Dr. Brearley welcomes any additional information for these databases; he can be contacted at don.brearley@bellnet.ca.

Physicians in the Belleville Area before 1940
(330 pages, pdf, 2.60 MB) *Updated January 2019
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes more than 1,000 character sketches of physicians in the Belleville area (roughly 45 mile radius) in Ontario who graduated before 1940. In 1985, Dr. Donald Brearley began compiling short character sketches of physicians as a centenary project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Belleville General Hospital built in 1886. These are presented in a searchable PDF file. It has been updated several times.

Mayors of Belleville 1850-2003
(64 pages, pdf, 1.23 MB) *Updated August 2016
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes 67 biographies of those who served as Mayors of Belleville between 1850 and 2003. Dr. Brearley gathered information about the capable and trustworthy mayors of Belleville over 25 years while compiling research for his pre-1900 Physicians project. This is presented in a searchable PDF file, arranged chronologically according to mayoral service and includes advertisements from 19th and 20th century directories and newspapers as well as an index of the mayors.

Graduates of Queen’s Medical School to 1920
(40 pages, pdf, 611 KB) *Updated February 2019
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this project includes those who graduated between 1855 and 1920. If you have any additional information, please email Dr. Brearley.

Graduates of the Women’s Medical College in Kingston
(12 pages, pdf, 300 KB) *Updated March 2017
With this collection of biographies of the 33 graduates of the Women’s Medical College in Kingston, Dr. Don Brearley has performed a great service for anyone interested in the history of medicine, of women, and of our region. The school operated only from 1883 to 1894, but it was the first college for higher education of women in Canada. Its graduates were true pioneers. Some became missionaries, several married and raised children while maintaining a practice, and all contributed to the well-being of their communities.”
Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University

Graduates of the Ontario Medical College for Women in Toronto
(33 pages, pdf, 384 KB) *Updated April 2017
This project provides brief biographies of the graduates of the Ontario Medical College for Women from its inception in 1883 as the Woman’s Medical College to its closing in 1906 when women were finally accepted by the Medical Faculty of the University of Toronto.

Nurses of World War 1 *New*
(65 pages, pdf, 3.65 MB) *Updated November 2018
Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this project provides profiles of 40 women with a Belleville connection who served as nurses during the World War I. If you have any additional information, please email Dr. Brearley.

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