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William Arthur Johnson Fonds

William Arthur Johnson Fonds

Physical Description

2 sketch-books



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

William Arthur Johnson was born in Bombay. The Duke of Wellington was his godfather. Although intended for the army, Johnson, after migrating to Upper Canada in 1831, entered the Anglican Church. He was a curate to Archdeacon A.N. Bethune at Cobourg. However, his tractarian tendencies made him unpopular and he was made rector of St.Philip’s at Etobicoke, a remote village across the river from Weston. There he established a school that was to become Trinity College School. Among Johnson’s pupils was William Osler, who regarded Johnson as one of his mentors.

Scope and Content

The fonds shows William Arthur Johnson’s activities in natural sciences, and microscope work. The fonds contains two sketch-books of coloured sketches.

Finding Aids

Slides and microfilm copies of the sketch-books available

Custodial History

The sketch-books were given by his son, Dr. A.J. Johnson to Dr. Harvey Cushing; and by him to the Osler Library. Old accession number 432.


The documents are in English

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Title based on the documents in the fonds.

Retrieval Number




Johnson, William Arthur, Rev., 1816-1880
Natural Sciences
Osler, Sir William - Friends or Relations