Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

History Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Service on the Skeena

Horace Wrinch, Frontier Physician

by (author) Geoff Mynett

Publisher
Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2019
Category
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Adventurers & Explorers, Expeditions & Discoveries
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553805755
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $21.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553805762
    Publish Date
    Dec 2019
    List Price
    $21.95

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Description

His name was Horace Wrinch. It was 1880. He was fourteen years old, a farmer’s boy from England travelling on his own to Quebec. Twenty years later, a qualified doctor and newly married surgeon, he arrived in Hazelton on the Skeena River in northern British Columbia. In 1904, Horace built the first hospital in the northern interior of the province, which until his arrival had no resident doctors, no surgeons and no hospital. Over the next thirty-two years, he became widely respected as a doctor and surgeon, hospital administrator, medical missionary, Methodist minister, magistrate, farmer, community leader and progressive politician. Ever innovative, he instituted a form of health insurance for the Hazelton community as early as 1907. In the 1920s, he was a two-term president of the newly established British Columbia Hospital Association and a two-term Liberal Member of the Provincial Legislature for the Skeena riding. While in the Legislature, he championed publicly funded health insurance. Upon his death in 1939, he was called “the best known and most beloved man in Northern British Columbia.” His legacy remains in Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton. Drawn almost entirely from original and contemporaneous sources, this is the previously untold story of a remarkable British Columbian.

About the author

Geoff Mynett was born in Shropshire, England. He qualified as a barrister in England. After immigrating in 1973, he re-qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia. He practised law in Vancouver until his retirement. A passionate believer in the importance of knowing our histories, he is also an artist. He is married to Horace Wrinch’s granddaughter, Alice, and they have two sons. He and his wife live in Vancouver. Visit Geoff at www.geoffmynett.com.

Geoff Mynett's profile page

Other titles by Geoff Mynett