Subfonds - Muriel Upshall

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Muriel Upshall

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11 cm of textual records
ca. 230 photographs

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(Edna) Muriel Upshall was born September 18, 1906 in High River, Alberta. She attended Queen Mary Public School and Prince of Wales High School in Vancouver. She graduated from the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia schools of nursing in 1929, one of only six nurses to graduate from UBC in the first congregation to receive a nursing degree.

For seven and a half years, she worked for the Provincial Board of Health in Nanaimo. From 1936-1937, she worked with tuberculosis patients as one of the first public health nurses in Richmond, B.C. She and Eileen Williams helped found the public health nursing program in Richmond. Upshall then joined the UBC Student Health Services on the campus and worked there until her retirement in 1971. She died on August 12, 1989.

She was active with the Canadian Alpine Club, and part owner of a cabin on Hollyburn. She made more than ten visits to Lake O’Hara in the Rocky Mountains, and also travelled extensively in the USA, Great Britain, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the West Indies. She was also a member of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health and the VGH Alumnae Association.

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Subonds consists of 11 cm of textual records, ca. 230 photographs, and other graphic material dating from 1920 to 1986 pertaining to the life and career of Muriel Upshall. Diplomas, lists, applications, notebooks, memos reports, letter, cards and other documents illustrate her education and career. Correspondence relates to student positions, her provincial Board of Health position in Nanaimo, various projects, professional memberships, student reports and recommended standards and practices for nursing.

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Donated to B.C. History of Nursing Society by Margaret Irving, executor of Upshall’s estate.


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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-1398, PH-0744 to 0971.


Photographs have been removed from albums and stored in photograph collection for better access and preservation. Only a selection of those dealing with subjects of a non-nursing nature have been retained.

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