Fonds F3106 - William Sidney Gilchrist fonds

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William Sidney Gilchrist fonds

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CA ON00340 F3106

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  • 1921-1970 (Creation)
    Gilchrist, William Sidney, 1901-1970

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3 cm of textual records

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William Sidney Gilchrist (1901-1970) was a United Church medical missionary to Angola. He was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and studied at Pictou Academy and Dalhousie University. He specialized in public health and preventative medicine and eventually earned the honours and degrees of M.D., M.B.E., C.M., D.P.H., D.T.M., LL.D., and D.D. He worked in the County Health Unit in Alabama for a year, and was appointed medical missionary to Angola by the United Church in 1928. He studied Portuguese, and went to West Africa in 1930, ultimately working among the Ovimbundo people for 37 years. During World War II, he was a member of the Canadian Medical Corps in Europe. He was barred from Angola in 1966, thus worked in the Congo. Sydney Gilchrist died in a car accident in Canada.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, mainly mimeographed letters from Dr. Gilchrist, 1921-1970.

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