Kingston citizen's consider building a public hospital

Saturday, January 1, 1831

In 1831, spurred by epidemics of malaria and cholera in the late 1820s and early 1830s, which saw the Female Benevolent Society run off its feet, a Kingston citizens’ meeting was held to “take into consideration the building of a public hospital.”

At the meeting, local politicians and well-placed citizens started a subscription list for those willing to donate funds and to petition the colonial government for a grant to establish a hospital. At this time, hospitals were institutions for those who could not afford to be cared for in their homes.