Commemorative hand-painted porcelain plate depicts a scene of Dr. Norman Bethune in China; Dr. Bethune is drawn wearing a blue shirt and pants and a white apron, shaking the hand of a soldier on a horse; there are 15 other people drawn onto the plate; on the bottom proper right there are eight Chin…
Commemorative hand-painted porcelain plate depicts a scene of Dr. Norman Bethune in China; Dr. Bethune is drawn wearing a blue shirt and pants and a white apron, shaking the hand of a soldier on a horse; there are 15 other people drawn onto the plate; on the bottom proper right there are eight Chinese characters, three in the top row, four in the second row and one in the third row; on the back of the plate there are two raised circles, a smaller one near the centre of the plate with a red square with Chinese characters inside and a larger one near the edge of the plate; there are three holes spaced evenly around the larger circle.
Printed on the proper right of the sticker on the back of the plate: "ARC // GIFT // 181"; printed on the proper left of the sticker on the back of the plate: Lapointe, Renaude, Senator // Plate, depicting a scene // of Dr. Norman Bethune in // China"
Storage Room 0010
Depth 3.5 cm x Diam. 30.5 cm
There are small scratches in the paint on the front of the plate and black scuff marks on the back side
"Library and Archives Canada" website; "Renaude Lapointe Wikipedia article" website; "Canadian Nurses Association" website; CD #4
Dr. Norman Bethune was born in 1890 in Gravenhurst, Ontario and followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a surgeon; Dr. Bethune is most famous for his pioneering work in blood transfusions during the Spanish Civil War; Dr. Bethune returned to Canada and then set off for China in 1938 where he operated as a skilled surgeon and teacher; Dr. Bethune operated on the front lines once again during an invasion by the Japanese in 1939 and it was here that he cut his finger while working on a patient, contracted septecemia and died November 12, 1939; Dr. Bethune is commemorated as a hero for his work abraod and in Canada; Renaude Lapointe was a Canadian journalist, Senator and Speaker of the Senate from 1974 - 1979; the Canadian Nurse's Association was founded in 1908 as an association of professional nurses