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Worthington Family Fonds
8 cm of textual records
Notable members of the Worthington family of Sherbrooke, Quebec were Edward Dagge Worthington (1820-1895) and his son Arthur Norreys Worthington (1863-1912). Edward Dagge Worthington was a leading surgeon in the Eastern Townships, Quebec and the first surgeon in Canada to perform a major operation using ether as anesthetic. He served as a staff assistant surgeon in the British Army; and in the Quebec regiment of Volunteer Light Infantry in 1837-1838 in the 53rd Battalion. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and a governor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Quebec. Arthur Norreys Worthington graduated from McGill in Medicine in 1886. He practiced surgery in Sherbrooke and eventually became the mayor of Sherbrooke (1901-1902) and was elected to the House of Commons in 1906. He was an officer in the volunteer movement and served with the field hospital during the Northwest Rebellion, 1885. In 1900-1902 he served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in South Africa.
Old accession number 479. This collection was donated to the Osler Library, McGill University by Colonel E. B. Worthington in 1944. At this time W. W. Francis was the head librarian. He went through the collection identifying documents and pictures. His notes were found to be most helpful and in most cases have been incorporated into the following description of the material. By going through the correspondence between Francis and Worthington, it was discovered that originally there had been three sketchbooks and three scrapbooks in the collection. Today only two sketchbooks remain. In dealing with the scrapbooks, W. W. Francis either detached or cut the leaves so that he could separate items dealing with the prominent members of the family. Thus, it is difficult to determine how much of the original material remains. It was possible, through the different sizes of scrapbook pages to identify at least two separate books. Originally the collection had been given the accession number of 10033. Later this was changed to its present number of 479. In 1944, when the Osler Library first received the Worthington Family collection, it was found to consist of papers, correspondence, clippings, certificates and other items for the period 1840-1907 for three locations: Quebec, 1840; Edinburgh, 1841-43; and Sherbrooke, 1844-1907. The original holdings were later expanded slightly by E. B. Worthington and these few items brought the collection date up into the 1940s.
A partial inventory of this collection reveals that it is largely composed of the scattered personal papers of the members of the Worthington Family, ca. 1833-1944, especially those of Edward Dagge Worthington and Arthur Norreys Worthington. The fonds also includes a few items pertaining to Edward Bruen Worthington and Asheton N. Worthington. It includes personal, business and professional correspondence; certificates, diplomas, tests, maps, sketchbooks, loose ledger sheets, testimonials, photographs and newspaper clippings. The greater part of the collection consists of the papers of Edward Dagge Worthington including correspondence related to his business affairs, medical career and family matters (1840-1883); medical certificates and diplomas, (1840-1847); two sketchbooks, (1840?); with caricatures of John Goodsir, Alexander Munro, Robert Knox and William Robertson; testimonials (1865, 1867); a resume of his education covering 1833-1843; newspaper clippings and photographs. The papers of Arthur Norreys Worthington are primarily correspondence describing his military activities in South Africa, 1900.
In dealing with this fonds the material was divided the material into four parts: the first being the sketchbooks and related items; second being the items added later; third being other loose items such as photographs, diplomas and others; and fourth being the items attached to the scrapbook pages. These parts were so identified and labelled as they appeared in the collection.
The documents are in English
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This collection provides one with an insight into the Worthington family life. The highlights of Edward Dragge's life as a medical student, as a father, as a doctor and as a soldier are revealed in these pages. Also through the eyes of Norreys we can envision the life of a soldier in South Africa and the Northwest territories. The newspaper clippings related to the Boer war and the election campaign of 1906 between Laurier and Borden are fascinating as well as being historically significant.
A few of the items had a great many names listed (i.e., ledger sheets) and rather than include them in the actual item, they have been appended at the end. The have been taken from handwritten lists so the spelling was deciphered as accurately as possible. Those names with a reasonable amount of doubt have been marked with (?) and the few totally unreadable names have, for the present time, been omitted.
Appendix I -- Names transcribed from Item 4/12: Major Wood; Walter Olue(?); H. White S. Ferthby(?); Sauttony; W. D. Maser; F.C. Thompson; H. Dale; P. S. W. Goss(?); F. W. W. Bowen; R. J. Skearny; C. H. Clark; William White; Col. W. Hall(?); H. F. McLaw; A. G. Romas; A. Rap. R. W. Robert(?); Will M. Cudchin; Allensworth; C. P. Pilton; L. W. Wiggett; Jor I. Armstrong; J. Wiggett; J. Hanney(?); H. Davidson; Robt. Keller; B. C. Doyle; A. Barrett; D. Lister; F. Davies (?); D. M. Willeiau(?); Paton Manu. Co.; G. I. Beault(?); Lt. Col. Ibbotson; R. G. Seekie; E. D. Worthington; H. A. Odell; W. H. Rogers; Jos G. Watton; H. R. Fraser; Lt. Col. Mattries(?); Miles Froats(?); Cakeurs(?); A. L. Irmdau(?); R. Mke Sauborn; J. A. Ross; D. G. Loomis; Chris King; E. T. Rooth(?); L. E. Morris; Fairly Morris; W. Morris; W. A. Hale; W. J. Hurst; Joseph Beaumount(?); Berry S. Parker; I. W. Murry; Wm. Whitely; W. Chamberlin; Robt. Wasworth(?); J. S. Mitchett; C. J. Odell; G. Luck; Albert Odell; T. J. Tuck; L. L. Ansell(?); H. B. Brown; W. B. Ives