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Fort Street – Richmond Road
Begbie Hall= 1900 Fort Street / 2101 Richmond Road
Here is a map showing the location of Begbie Hall, 1900 Fort Street / 2101 Richmond Road:
Here is a Google Street View image of Begbie Hall, 1900 Fort Street / 2101 Richmond Road:
A Brief History of Begbie Hall
According to the Canadian Register of Historic Places,
“Begbie Hall was designated a National Historic site of Canada in 1997 because:
– it commemorates the contribution of nurses and nursing to scientific medicine and to women’s agency as health care professionals;
– it commemorates the residence, which was central to the nursing culture, and speaks to the training and professionalism of nurses, to their social life, to the development of their unique culture and to the emergence of leaders in the field of nursing.
Built in 1926, Begbie Hall represents the recognition and development of nursing as a profession. This former women’s residence was purpose-built to house students of the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing, who cared for patients as part of their training. The hospital was founded in 1890, and the school of nursing in 1891. Its modern lecture rooms, laboratories and reference library supported the scientific education that was critical to their work. Here, as elsewhere in Canada, a place of their own helped nurses shape a professional role indispensable to health care within the hospital and in the community. Their success inspired women to assume new roles in society. This former women’s residence now houses the Corporate Head Offices of the Capital Health Region.”
Here are some historic photographs of Begbie Hall:
- BC Archives photo B-09496 – 1930
- BC Archives photo I-01008 – 1944. Photographer: Duncan Macphail
- BC Archives photo I-01932 – Jubilee Hospital Nurses’ Graduation Class, 1948. This photo appears to have been taken in 907 Pandora Avenue. Photographer: Duncan Macphail
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