Fonds 1087 - Brown (John Price) Family fonds

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UTA 1087


Brown (John Price) Family fonds


  • ca. 1898-1972 (Creation)

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0.14 m of textual and graphic records (2 boxes plus 1 oversized folder)

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John Price Brown was born in Manchester, England on 30 March, 1844, and emigrated to Canada in 1850. He graduated with an MB from the University of Toronto in 1868 and was the first medical student to receive two gold medals with his MD in 1869. After postgraduate work at Edinburgh University, he settled in Galt, moving to Toronto in 1889 to specialize in nose and throat surgery, in which he pioneered new surgical techniques. He as a founder of the Toronto Western Hospital, a short story writer and, after losing his sight about 1918, a writer of historical novels. He died in Toronto on 3 April, 1938.

Newton Harcourt Brown, son of John Price Brown, was born in Galt, Ontario in 1874 and graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1893, then took a PhmB examination from the University of Toronto and received his degree in 1895. He married Grace Amanda Young (University College, 1897-1898) and they had four sons and a daughter. He headed his own company that dealt in physicians' supplies, and was an amateur painter. Latterly, he lived in Richmond Hill. He died on 11 November, 1946.

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Correspondence, articles, and photographs relating to the activities of John Price Brown (MB 1868, MD 1869), and members of his family, including his son, Newton Harcourt Brown, and grandson, Newton Price Harcourt Brown; also the script of a play by Louis Alexander MacKay, one of several produced in Hart House Theatre.

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Records are open, but the original sketch of Harcourt Brown by J.E.H. McDonald must be viewed only under close supervision.

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