Janet Hamilton Neilson 1873 - 1953

First City Nurse Who Took Care of Tuberculosis Patients

A pioneer of Toronto’s public health nursing, Janet Hamilton Neilson, was born on March 7, 1873. She was known as Toronto’s “first city nurse” and was responsible for the care of tuberculosis patients in the city and outlying areas.

The staged picture entitled “Public health nurse Janet Neilson (right) on a home visit” shows the uniform she had to wear: it includes a black bonnet with white streamers. She carried supplies in a market basket.

She lived for most of her life in one of the few Cabbagetown gothic-revival homes on Carlton Street. She died in 1953 and hasn’t left Cabbagetown as she is buried in the Necropolis.








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