Wetherald was born in 1857 as the sixth child out of an eventual eleven. Although born in Rockwood Ontario, she spent most of her life in Fenwick (Pelham Township), Ontario, where she died in 1940. Wetherald used her surroundings as her inspiration and focused on nature. She has been coined a nature poet and journalist. Wetherald received her education at both the Friends boarding school in Union Springs, N.Y. and at Pickering College in Pickering Ontario. After her schooling she wrote numerous articles for the Toronto Globe under the pen name Bel Thistelwaite, derived from her Grandmother’s name. These articles lead to a position as Women’s editor of the Globe and later she was part of the Advertiser’s editorial staff in London Ontario. Wetherald continued writing after she was finished with the papers and published six volumes of poetry between 1895 and 1931. Her work was not only known amongst school children, but also attracted the attention of Earl Grey, Governor-General of Canada in 1907 and Sir Wilfred Laurier, Prime Minster of Canada in 1911. In 1921 she published a book entitled Tree Top Morning, which she dedicated to her daughter Dorothy Rungeling who also became an author. Recently Rungeling published Life and works of Ethelwyn Wetherald 1857-1940 : with a selection of her poems and articles about her mother.

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Recent Submissions

  • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to "Frank", November 20 

    Wetherald, Ethelwyn (?-11-20)
    A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to "Frank". The letter discusses her friend Franks books and her own. She also mentions the war, "They think me sorry for myself. Since the war began and I read the atrocities in the ...
  • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mrs. Page 1921 

    Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1921-01-25)
    A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mrs. Page. In the letter she mentions some hardships with her brother Herbert, "I am very busing, as usual, dividing my time up between my brother, the housework, the writing I love to ...
  • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to "Frank", 

    Unknown author (1932-09-18)
    The letter to Frank discusses the hardship of the loss of her brother Herbert, it reads: "Dear Frank, Your sympathy and that of dear Elsie, was a real comfort to me in the hardest trial I have had to face. The feeling ...
  • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Miss Dalrymple, 1918 

    Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1918-09-23)
    A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Miss Dalrymple that reads: "Dear Miss Dalrymple, I was glad to get your note of condolence because of the kindness that prompted it and because it gives me an opportunity to tell you ...
  • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mrs. Pope, 1920 

    Unknown author (1920)
    Mrs. Pope had written to Ethelywn Wetherald while on her wedding trip. Ethelwyn responds and tells of "the happiest weeks of my life were spent with a friend at an island in the St. Lawrence. Two poets from Toronto and ...
  • Article - "Something of Quakerism: The Crusade of George Fox Two Hundred Years Ago" 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    An article about the history of Quakerism and the "doctrine of Inward Light, as preached by George Fox more than 200 years ago."
  • Article - "The Man's Side of The Woman Question" 

    Wetherald, Ethelwyn (n.d.)
    The article shares a friends question/perspective from the male side of the argument of suffrage. The argument begins with a fear of lost femininity with the ability to vote. By the end of the article, Wetherald remarks ...
  • Article - Woman's World "The Right Not to Vote" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1888-06-16)
    An article from the column Woman's World by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. The article discusses a woman's right to vote, Wetherald writes "It is always easier to leave things are they are than ...
  • Article - Woman's World: "Advice to an Engaged Girl" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1888-05-28)
    An article written in the Woman's World column by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. She discusses the type of men that a girl should marry and those she should avoid. She also mentions that you ...
  • Article - "Corsets again" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (n.d.)
    Another article by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite focused on corsets and the harm they can cause to girls/women. The article is followed by a response from "A Devotee of the Corset". Wetherald ...
  • Article - Woman's World: "Pecuniary Dependents" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel (?-11-15)
    An article in the Woman's World column written by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. The article discusses the role of women once married and no longer a wage-earner. She states "Every feminine ...
  • Article - Woman's World: "A word on Woman Suffrage" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1888-06-05)
    An article from the column Woman's World written by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. The article makes an argument for the equal rights of women as Wetherald states "From the discovery that she ...
  • Article - Woman's World: "To Lace or Not to Lace" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1888-01-05)
    An article written in the Woman's World column by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. The article focuses on the negative impact of corsets for women and Wetherald states: "If some men did not ...
  • Article - Womans World: "Getting a New Dress" 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1888-07-20)
    An article about the process of having a dress made, written by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym Bel Thistlethwaite. The final paragraph reads: "This is all that has to be endured on the first day. But you have a ...
  • Articles - Life and Death of Ethelwyn Wetherald 

    Unknown author (1940)
    The two articles describe the life of Ethelwyn Wetherald and the arrangements following her death. The articles are titled "Beloved Author, Poetess Passes Away at Fenwick" and "Beloved Poet Laid to Rest".
  • Articles - Passing of Ethelwyn Wetherald 

    Bernhardt, Clara (1940-04)
    Two articles by Clara Bernhardt on the passing of Ethelwyn Wetherald. The first article is from "Saturday Night", and the second from "Canadian Author and Bookman". Bernhardt mentions she knew "Miss Wetherald through ...
  • Article - Ethelwyn Wetherald 

    Pomeroy, Elsie (1933-03-05)
    An article about the life and work of Ethelwyn Wetherald printed in The Challenge. The article discusses that she not only wrote about nature, but also emotion and life. The author mentions "Sir Wilfrid Laurier was one ...
  • Article - Ethelwyn Wetherald's Poetry, An Appreciation 

    Garvin, John W. (1931-10)
    An article of appreciation for the work of Ethelwyn Wetherald. The article includes a few of Wetherald's poems. The article begins "I may be regarded as almost a truism that if a poet be placed in any environment, ...
  • Poem "The Failure" 

    Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1901-08-17)
    A poem that has been clipped from a newspaper page. The poem is entitled "The Failure" and reads: "A Failure who had ne'er achieved Self-victory at last lay dead. 'Poor Failure!' Thus his neighbors grieved; His ...
  • Article - Being a Husband 

    Thistlethwaite, Bel; Wetherald, Ethelwyn (n.d.)
    An article entitled "Being a Husband" by Ethelwyn Wetherald under the pseudonym "Bel Thistlethwaite". She begins the article "The desire to be a man has never taken deep root in my heart, but I have often thought I should ...

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