Bytown 1847 - Élisabeth Bruyère and the Irish Famine Refugees
In 1847, Élisabeth Bruyère, the 29 year old superior
of the Bytown Sisters of Charity, took extraordinary
action at great personal risk to care for the Irish
Famine refugees streaming into Bytown (Ottawa).
During the typhus epidemic she set up a temporary
hospital to care for the sick, saving countless lives.
Imperial and Colonial government authorities
viewed the Irish famine victims with contempt;
Bruyère treated them with compassion. Her work
was the foundation of Ottawa’s public health
system. Her extraordinary legacy deserves to be
better known 175 years after these events
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