The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing celebrates its centennial!

Although the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing graduated its last class in 1975 when it officially became part of Ryerson’s School of Nursing, we celebrate its history and spirit – kept alive by its active and dedicated Alumnae Association – on what would have been its 100th anniversary year.

The school opened in 1912, with the official opening of the Hospital, It graduated its first class of 10 nurses in 1915, and its last class of 71 nurses in 1975.  In between it graduated 2083 nurses. Its Alumnae Association was created in 1915 and is still active today.  In 2011 The Association donated its collections of papers and artifacts to the Ryerson University Archives (see earlier blog post Wellesley Alumnae donation )

To celebrate Wellesley’s centennial, the Ryerson Archives has created an exhibit and slide show. Both will be available for viewing in the Archives until the end of September.  The Archives will be open for Alumni weekend on Saturday September 22. Contact us at (416) 979 5000 ext. 7027 to find out opening times for that day. Please enjoy the images included below – some are from the exhibit itself, and others are taken from the collection.

1972 Open House poster

E. K. Jones portrait, Director of Nursing and head of the Nursing school, 1937-1964

Portrait and uniforms in Archives window

Florence Nightingale letter and portrait

Exhibit in Archives reading room

Display case featuring items from The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Collection

Elizabeth Flaws portrait, Director of Nursing 1912-1926

Homewood – Original Wellesley Hospital building.

Nursing uniform and cape, Toronto General Hospital – Wellesley Division 1948-1959

Graduation cap, Wellesley Nursing cape, and Wellesley graduation doll in 1968 uniform

The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing graduation pin

Are you a Wellesley grad?  Was someone in your family a Wellesley girl? You can now email The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association at:

One thought on “The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing celebrates its centennial!

  1. I graduated in 1968 and it was the best three years of teaching. To do the best and always ask questions. University ever understtod this because it is people that you are dealing with and interacting with.
    Thank you to Miss Nicholson, and DON for the life long teaching.
    Bonnie Haill (grant).

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