Town of Smiths Falls unveils heritage pedestal at former practice of Dr. Agnes Craine, one of Canada’s first female Doctors


February 20, 2020

Smiths Falls – The Town of Smiths Falls and the Municipal Heritage Committee today unveiled a new heritage pedestal at the former practice of one of Canada’s first female Doctors, Agnes Douglas Craine, at 2 Bay Street North in Smiths Falls.

“Dr. Craine was an important part of our history in Smiths Falls,” said Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls. “This new pedestal celebrates her accomplishments and encourages people of all ages to connect with our past and learn more about the stories that helped shape our community.”

“Dr. Agnes Craine was a pioneering doctor well ahead of her time,” said Tony Humphrey, Member of the Municipal Heritage Committee. “She was the first woman from Smiths Falls to attend university, and according to historians, the most highly educated woman in eastern Ontario at the time.”

The pedestal was unveiled during Heritage Week, which runs from February 17 to 23, 2020 with the theme 2020 Vision: Bringing the Past Into the Future. The pedestal details her full qualifications, her struggles as a female physician and the impact she made on the community, even after her death.

Dr. Craine was born in 1861 in Smiths Falls and died there in 1937. Her grandparents immigrated from Douglas on the Isle of Man to Canada in the 1830s. She graduated from the Kingston Women’s Medical College (Queen’s University) in 1888. Dr. Craine also attended and qualified at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Edinburgh and the faculty of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. She then completed post graduate work in Vienna. She eventually returned to Smiths Falls and set up a general practice.

In 1936, Dr. Craine gave Queen’s University the largest gift it received in the 1930s – a sum of $350,000 to be used for support of the emerging field of biochemistry. These funds were used for the construction of the Craine Building and the establishment of the Craine Chair in Biochemistry.


For further information, please contact:

Karl Grenke

Senior Planner

Town of Smiths Falls

77 Beckwith St N, Box 695

Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4T6

613-283-4124 ext. 1116