Creator(s): Hutchison House Museum
Dr. John Hutchison arrived in North America at 20 years of age, after studying to be a surgeon in Scotland for 3 years. The early history of the Peterborough area can be told in part through the patient records of the doctor. He arrived in the area in 1818; a few years before the town of Peterborough was settled. This exhibit will focus on the "life and times" of Dr. Hutchison and his practice in the backwoods of Upper Canada.
The exhibit tells the story of Dr. Hutchison's life in Upper Canada through his relationships with others. While the doctor himself did not leave behind a diary, or very much in the way of correspondence, some his patients often referred to him in their writing. The doctor's Birth Registry 1817-1846 and some of his patient ledgers (1830-1838) have survived and are among the artefacts belonging to the Hutchison House Museum collection. They offer a valuable glimpse into the doctor's practice in the Peterborough area.