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Nursing Uniforms of Royal Adelaide Hospital 1890 to 1990

1841 to 1890 In the first few decades of the Adelaide hospital the female staff  were married to men employed at the hospital,  female duties were of domestic and housekeeping skills rather than nursing.  Male staff were given the duties of attending to male patients, building maintenance and labouring tasks.   In the  1840’s Mrs Baye was performing

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Number 1 Operating Theatre

An operating theatre was part of the central building of the 1856 era Adelaide Hospital. The main block consisted of a consulting or casualty room and operating theatre. An account of a visit the Hospital in 1866 describes the ‘general operating room’ as comfortable and well suited for its secondary

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World War 1, Adelaide Hospital Nursing Staff: Sister Fannie Herring

As a probationer nurse, Fannie Herring was intent on a course of nursing and study that would see her achievements acknowledged with the Honours Medal, awarded for the first time in 1902. First class pass in all four subjects, Medicine, Surgery Ophthalmology, Gynaecology had to be obtained,  the Adelaide Hospital Board of

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Consumptive Home and Cancer wards 1902-1932

The Adelaide Hospital established a Consumptives’ Home in what had been the original 1840 era hospital building, located beyond the Botanical Gardens east of the existing hospital. Between 1856 and 1902 the original hospital building had been used as an annexe of the overcrowded North Terrace asylum. When the asylum

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World War 1, Adelaide Hospital Nursing Staff: Sister Lucretia Smart

Nursing Sister Lucretia Smart had graduated from Adelaide Hospital in 1908 and until enlistment had been Sister in charge of Ophthalmic, Gynaecological and Surgical wards at Adelaide Hospital.   Sister Smart was part of the nursing staff from the Adelaide Hospital who enlisted to serve in 1914. The group, Second Australian

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World War 1, Adelaide Hospital Nursing Staff: Sister Edith Menhennett

Nursing Sister Edith Menhennett graduated at Adelaide Hospital in 1913. This photograph shows nine nursing staff outside the Infectious Diseases Block, Isolation Hospital, (Adelaide Hospital annexe). Sister Menhennett is seated in the front row at left. Once enlisted for duty in 1914, Sister Menhennett was with Matron Graham and the South

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World War 1 Adelaide Hospital staff: Matron Margaret Graham

In 1891 Margaret Graham was appointed as a probationer nurse at the Adelaide Hospital, completing her training in 1894. In 1898 Margaret Graham was appointed Matron of the Adelaide Hospital, a position she held for 22 years.  As a member of the Australian Army Nursing Reserve in South Australia (formed

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World War 1 Adelaide Hospital staff: Nurse Henrietta Perrin

30 South Australian Nursing Staff made their way to Port Melbourne as part of the Second Australian General Hospital (1st to 16th and Special Reinforcements). They embarked on the H.M.A.T. Kyarra,  departing Port Melbourne on the 4th Dec 1914.  The nursing staff were eventually placed at the Lemnos Island hospital.

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World War 1 Adelaide Hospital staff: Col. Sir Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny

Sir Trent Champion de Crespigny was born in Victoria, 1882 and graduated from the University of Melbourne. He was associated with the Adelaide Hospital from 1909 and was an Honorary Physician from 1918 to 1938. A remarkable teacher, both in wards and as Lecturer in Medicine, de Crespigny also held

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World War 1 Adelaide Hospital staff: Nurse Francis Deere

Frances Mary Deere trained as a nurse at the Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, graduating in 1912 at the age of 33. Her war service started with her enlistment on 25th November 1914.  Staff Nurse Deere travelled with  Adelaide Hospital nurses  by train from Adelaide to Melbourne, joining the HMAT Kyarra with the

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