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The Dr. Brearley Collection
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About the Author:
Donald Brearley is a native of Belleville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Guy Gage Brearley, and a graduate of Queen’s University Medical School in 1970. He soon established himself in the practice of his life’s work in his home town where he has practiced his profession for 40 years.
Dr. Brearley welcomes any additional information for these databases; he can be contacted at


  • Physicians in the Belleville Area before 1940
    (319 pages, pdf, 2.74 MB) *Updated April 2017 
    Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes more than 1,000 character sketches of physicians in the Belleville area (roughly 45 mile radius) in Ontario who graduated before 1940. In 1985, Dr. Donald Brearley began compiling short character sketches of physicians as a centenary project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Belleville General Hospital built in 1886. These are presented in a searchable PDF file. It has been updated several times.

  • Mayors of Belleville 1850-2003
    (64 pages, pdf, 1.0 MB) *Updated August 2016
    Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this database includes 67 biographies of those who served as Mayors of Belleville between 1850 and 2003. Dr. Brearley gathered information about the capable and trustworthy mayors of Belleville over 25 years while compiling research for his pre-1900 Physicians project. This is presented in a searchable PDF file, arranged chronologically according to mayoral service and includes advertisements from 19th and 20th century directories and newspapers as well as an index of the mayors. 

  • Graduates of Queen's Medical School to 1910
    (40 pages, pdf, 337 KB) *Updated January 2017 
    Compiled by Dr. Donald Brearley, this project includes those who graduated between 1855 and 1910. If you have any additional information, please email Dr. Brearley

  •  Graduates of the Women's Medical College in Kingston
    (12 pages, pdf, 668 KB) *Updated March 2017 
    With this collection of biographies of the 33 graduates of the Women’s Medical College in Kingston, Dr. Don Brearley has performed a great service for anyone interested in the history of medicine, of women, and of our region. The school operated only from 1883 to 1894, but it was the first college for higher education of women in Canada. Its graduates were true pioneers. Some became missionaries, several married and raised children while maintaining a practice, and all contributed to the well-being of their communities.”
    Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University

  • Graduates of the Ontario Medical College for Women in Toronto *New*
    (33 pages, pdf, 666 KB) *Updated April 2017 
    This project provides brief biographies of the graduates of the Ontario Medical College for Women from its inception in 1883 as the Woman’s Medical College to its closing in 1906 when women were finally accepted by the Medical Faculty of the University of Toronto.



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