Harry and Rachel Morton fonds

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Harry and Rachel Morton fonds

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2005-004 and 2010-022

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  • 1835-2009 (Creation)
    Morton, Harry, 1905-2001

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1 m of textual records and other material

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Harry Stafford Morton was born in Port Greville, Nova Scotia on 18 August 1905, the son of Charles Stewart (1876-1955) and Maie Howard (Stafford) Morton (1879-1931). He studied at St. Andrew's College in Toronto, Ontario, 1918-1921, Dalhousie University where he received his BA (1925) and M.Sc. (1927). He received his medical training at the University of London, graduating with an MB, BS in 1930. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, England, in 1935 and was added to the Medical Register of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1937. In 1938 he joined the Canadian Navy, serving as a surgeon commander with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He retired as a surgeon captain in 1945. Thereafter, he taught at McGill University Medical School and served as Chairman of the Surgical Fellow Training Program, 1946-1964; and as Examiner for the Medical Council of Canada and McGill University, 1946-1964. He was Chairman of the Cancer Committee of the Quebec Medical Society and was founder of the Quebec Tumor Registry. He was made a patron of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999. He served as a director of the Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, 1962-1988, and the Board of Regents of Mount Allison University, 1964-1983. He authored 37 scientific publications and in 2000 published Canadian Medical Officers in the Royal Navy, World War II. He died on 8 December 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was buried in the Morton family plot in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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Rachel Perot Wainwright was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 25 November 1909, the daughter of Lumley Gregor (1863-1910) and Mary Haliburton (King) Wainwright (1866-1950). She was educated at the Halifax Ladies Academy and at St. Leonard's School in St. Andrew's, Scotland. Thereafter, she studied at King's College and the Halifax Conservatory of Music. She married Harry Stafford Morton on 15 July 1937. She was an active volunteer and was a founding member of the first Montreal Meals on Wheels service, a former president of the Montreal Volunteer Bureau, and she served with the National Council of Women. She died on 6 March 2009 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was buried in Brookside Cemetery in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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Fonds consists of textual records, photographs, postcards, a land survey plan and one object. The contents of the fonds document the history of the King, Lovett, Morton, Pallen, Stafford, Wainwright, and Wiswell families in Nova Scotia. It includes extensive correspondence, particularly during the Second World War while Harry Morton was serving in the Canadian Navy, as well as while he was studying medicine in London, England, in the 1930s. The correspondence also includes letters from Rachel Wainwright's time at St. Leonard's School in St. Andrew's, Scotland, with related documents and photographs. Another significant item in the fonds is the C.F. Longley scrapbook, which contains images of Halifax during the South African War and in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, as well as many buildings, homes, and public spaces in Halifax and Nova Scotia in general.

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Donated to the Archives by the executor of the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Morton, David Stewart, in 2010.


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Women of Nova Scotia

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