Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940

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Dates:
Birth 1865-02-28
Death 1940-10-09
English

Biographical notes:

English medical missionary.

From the description of Letter, 1914, Apr. 26 : Dr. Lee. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 31674044

Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador. Horace Parker Chandler was a real estate broker, journalist, editor, and publisher, of Boston, Mass.

From the description of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell letter and photographs, 1909 Dec. 25. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 708399045

Epithet: author and medical missionary in Labrador

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001150.0x0003c2

Wilfred Grenfell was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador from 1892-1940. He was an author and a member of Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Grenfell established the Labrador Medical Mission and the International Grenfell Association.

From the description of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell papers, 1855-1986 (inclusive), 1892-1940 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702179796

From the description of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell papers, 1855-1986 (inclusive), 1892-1940 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122555959

From the guide to the Wilfred Thomason Grenfell papers, 1812-1986, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Grenfell was born in Parkgate, Cheshire, England in 1865. He was educated at Oxford University, the University of London, and London Hospital. In 1884 he entered the medical service of the Royal National Missionary to Deep Sea Fishermen as a surgeon. In 1892 he began 40 years of service to the Eskimos, Indians, and fishermen of Labrador, raising money by writing books and giving lectures. In 1912 he founded the International Grenfell Association. Largely because of his efforts to improve living conditions in Labrador, hospitals, hospital ships, nursing stations, orphanages, schools, and industrial centers were established in the area. He died in Charlotte, Vt. in 1940.

From the description of Papers, 1907-1939. (New Hampshire Newsp Project). WorldCat record id: 42929109

Wilfred Thomason Grenfell was born in Cheshire in 1865, he studied at Marlborough and Queens College Oxford. In 1892 he visited Labrador and set up a hospital there in 1893. He died in 1940

From the guide to the Wilfred Grenfell collection, 1902-1916, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

Ten of the books are written by or about Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, MD, (1865-1940) who retired to Charlotte, Vermont, in 1932, after spending 40 years working in Northern Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. An English doctor and knighted by King George V, Sir Grenfell was a medical missionary who established hospitals, schools, an orphanage, and co-operatives, improving the health care, education, and economic standards of many of the coastal inhabitants. The books focus on his life and his observations of the difficult living conditions that he worked to improve from 1892 to 1932. In 1931, Dr. Grenfell and his wife, Lady Anne Grenfell, opened the well known Dog Team Tavern, in Middlebury, Vt., as a tea house and shop. Their goal was to establish another source to benefit the people of Labrador and Newfoundland by selling their handicrafts. The not-for-profit, registered Canadian Charity, Grenfell Historic Properties, St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, continues the mission effort today.

The collection also includes an autobiography, entitled Arctic Doctor, by Dr. Joseph P. Moody, a "physician, explorer and photographer," who spent from 1946-1949 and 1950-1954 as a medical officer for the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare in the Canadian East Arctic. He and his wife and young daughter lived at their home base in Chesterfield on the Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, the west coast of Hudson Bay. He describes their experiences in the arctic with the Inuit.

From the description of Wilfred T. Grenfell books, 1911-1966. (Vermont Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 756838526

Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865-1940) was an English physician, author, and missionary who promoted child welfare work and built several hospitals and orphanages in Labrador and Newfoundland, Canada.

Wilfred Thomason Grenfell was born on February 28, 1865 in Parkgate, England. He attended London Hospital Medical School in 1883. While in London Grenfell decided to join the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman. The organization sent him to Newfoundland in 1892. While there, Grenfell built several hospitals and established both schools and orphanages for the children of the region. On a return trip from England, Grenfell met Anne Elizabeth Caldwell MacClanahan and the couple wed on November 18, 1909. Together they had three children, Wilfred Thomason, Jr., Kinloch Pascoe, and Rosamond Loveday. Grenfell was made a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George in 1928. He died in Vermont on October 9, 1940.

From the guide to the Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Drawing, Undated, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Subjects:

  • Physicians
  • Science and medicine
  • Missionaries, Medical
  • Medical care
  • Bookplates--Collectors and collecting
  • Physicians--Correspondence
  • Missionaries
  • Authors, English
  • Ventilation
  • Missionaries' spouses
  • Missions

Occupations:

  • Physicians
  • Authors
  • Missionaries
  • Physicians--Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Medical missionary

Places:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (as recorded)
  • Canada (as recorded)
  • Canada (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador (as recorded)
  • Labrador (N.L.) (as recorded)
  • Nunavut (as recorded)
  • Labrador (N.L.) (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador (as recorded)
  • Labrador (N.L.) (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (as recorded)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (as recorded)
  • Keewatin (Nunavut) (as recorded)
  • Labrador (N. L.) (as recorded)