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1. Start at Cavendish Square, directly across from the Hotel Newfoundland, by the monument for Ethel Gertrude Dickinson.

Right: Monument erected in memory of Ethel Gertrude Dickinson.
Photo by Duleepa Wijayawardhana, 1998. (50 kb)

Ethel Gertrude Dickinson (1880-1918)

Ethel Dickinson was born in St. John's and educated at Methodist College. After taking a domestic science course in Guelph, Ontario, Ethel Dickinson returned to St. John's to operate the interdenominational Domestic Science School on Harvey Road. The school followed no religious creed, and neither did it confine itself to serving any particular class of students. Children from the poorer homes attended the school along with classmates from the homes of the rich.

Ethel Gertrude Dickinson.
Teacher and nurse.
Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives (Collection MF-329), Memorial University of Newfoundland Library, St. John's, Newfoundland.

In 1915, while visiting England, Ethel began working as a volunteer nurse to wounded Newfoundland soldiers. Three years later she returned to the school, but in 1918 an outbreak of the Spanish flu forced the school to close. Ethel began caring for the sick at the emergency hospital established at King George V Institute on Water Street. Already in poor health, she contracted the Spanish flu and died that same year.

Base of the monument erected for Ethel Dickinson.
This monument was raised by public subscription two years after her death. Click on photo or "larger version" for inscription found on the base of the monument.
Photo by Duleepa Wijayawardhana, 1998.
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