Dr. Henry Norman Bethune 1890-1939

An internationally famed humanitarian, surgeon and revolutionary, Bethune was born in this house. He graduated from the University of Toronto's medical school during the First World War and saw extensive service in that conflict. While at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital 1929-1933, he gained widespread recognition as a thoracic surgeon. Increasing concern with social and political issues took him to Spain in 1936, where he organized Canadian medical aid for the Loyalist troops and set up the world's first mobile blood transfusion unit. Two years later, he went to China and until his death, worked tirelessly as a surgeon and medical adviser with the 8th Route National Revolutionary Army. He is buried in the Mausoleum of Martyrs, Shih Cha Chuang, China.


At his birthplace, now a museum, 235 John Street, Gravenhurst

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: District Municipality of Muskoka

Municipality: Town of Gravenhurst