Collection ID4776 - Saint John General Public Hospital time capsule

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Saint John General Public Hospital time capsule

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30 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

On 3 August 1930, the cornerstone for the General Public Hospital on Waterloo Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, was laid by Dr. Walter W. White, mayor of Saint John. The stone was on the building exterior, believed to be at the main entrance.

The 1957 extension at the centre of the original building required the relocation of the 1930 cornerstone. It was moved to the interior where the Outpatient Department was located. At this time this time the original stone was found to be cracked and too fragile to be moved to its new location. The hospital board decided to make a replica stone from a salvaged stone block. When the stone was relocated, the box was reopened and more items from 1957 were added. When the 1930 stone was re-laid the masons placed a small wood box with memorabilia of Walter Irvine and Harry Saunders.

Source: Saint John General Hospital Cornerstone & Time Capsule Removal Project, 1995 by Harold Wright

Custodial history

When the decision to tear down the hospital was made in 1995, Harold Wright and other volunteers agreed to recover the capsule. When they went to recover it, they found that it had been stolen. The box was later recovered by the RCMP and given to the New Brunswick Museum.

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This fonds consists of records dated 1929-1930 about a range of subjects including the construction of the hospital, its reports, the Training School for Nurses, Women's Hospital Aid and General Public Hospital Nurses' Alumnae. There are also the pharmacopoeia of General Public Hospital, 1927, a parchment volume listing boards and departments, newspapers and the blueprints of the General Public Hospital.

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Acquired from City of Saint John, 1996


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  • English

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Related records can be found in Saint John General Hospital Cornerstone & Time Capsule Removal Project fonds (ID 4777) is also in the New Brunwick Museum.

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