Created in the 1980s as the Ontario Society for the History of Nursing, this society was renamed, in 1993, the Margaret M. Allemang Centre for the History of Nursing in honour of the leadership of Margaret Allemang. A native of Toronto, Margaret graduated in 1940 from the School of Nursing, University of Toronto. Following wartime service in the Canadian Air Force, she taught first at the Belleville Hospital then, from1950 to her retirement, at University of Toronto School of Nursing. Her work in nursing history included a history of nursing education in Canada and the United States (PhD thesis) and a major project in which she interviewed Canadian nurses who served in World War 1 and 11. Margaret died in 2005 at aged 90 years.
Photo above: Miss Dorothy Macham tends to patient Laird’s broken jaw, plastic surgery unit, Basingstoke. England
Since its inception, the Margaret Allemang Society has helped to preserve and promote nursing history through collecting and maintaining archival materials, through lectures, an annual Bulletin (to 2002), newsletters, an essay prize, and through support of an oral history project. In 2007 it was decided that the proper maintenance of archival materials was beyond the scope of the organisation and the major part of the collection was transferred to the University of Toronto Archives (see archives). We aim to continue to locate archival materials and to help individuals find a suitable home for their collections. The promotion of nursing history remains the major goal of the organization.
To preserve nursing’s heritage and past contribution to health care and society.
- To create awareness of the contribution of nurses to the history of Canada for the benefit of the general public
- To promote the study of the history of nursing
- To promote the collection of archival resources related to the history of nursing