Accession number: 2014.9.27
Object type: B&W
Date: circa 1946
Measurements: 12.5 cm L x 8.5 cm W
Marks/Label: Written on reverse: Montreal, P.Q. M.H. General Jean I. Gow on left. Edith Saw in centre c. 1946
Subject: Montreal, People, Nurses, Montreal General Hospital, Jean I. Gow, Edith Shaw
Narrative: Jean Isabel Gow Fielding was born 20 October 1921 in Bridgewater, N.S., the daughter of Walter Gow and Jean (Clarke) Gow. Jean attending Bridgewater schools and was a member of the girls basketball team. Jean trained as a nurse in Montreal, Quebec and worked at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool, N.S. Jean Gow married Donald James Kelso on 2 April 1943 and had 3 children, Nancy, John and Elizabeth Kelso. Jean Gow then trained as a hairdresser in Montreal in 1954 and took Advanced Cosmetology training in Ontario and Haircut and Hairstyling in 1955. Jean then married Ron Fielding on 28 May 1955 and had 1 child, Catherine Jane Fielding. Jean took floral training in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1962 and eventually ran a floral business with her husband in Bridgewater on High Street called South Shore Nursery. Taking bookkeeping later on, Jean worked at the Gow's Hardware family business. Jean Gow Fielding lived at 42 Alexandra Avenue, Bridgewater. Jean Gow Fielding was the Bridgewater Girl Guide leader as well as District Commissioner for a number of years. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Bridgewater Garden Club, Bridge Clubs, and a Board member of the South Shore Regional Hospital and local music festival. Jean Gow Fielding died 26 December 2007 and is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater.
Description: Small black and white photograph of three women sitting on the grass, wearing nurse's uniforms, identified as Jean I. Gow on the left, Edith Shaw in centre, both of Bridgewater. The woman on the right is unidentified. There is a lamp post and trees, with a large building in the background identified as the Montreal General Hospital.
History of Use: Taken to document women at nursing school.