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Biographical entry Gray, Ethel (1876 - 1962)

CBE, RRC

Born
24 April 1876
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died
22 July 1962
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Nurse

Summary

Ethel Gray enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), Australian Imperial Force, on 9 February 1915 as matron. Ten days later she embarked for England. Over the subsequent five years Gray was matron of several hospitals in England and France, returning to Australia in 1920.

Details

Events

March 1900 - March 1903
Education - Nursing training at the Melbourne Hospital
March 1903 - 1908
Career position - Member of staff at the Melbourne Hospital
1908 - July 1909
Career position - Matron at the Queen's Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital in Fairfield, Victoria
July 1909 - February 1911
Career position - House Matron at the Melbourne Hospital
February 1911 - January 1913
Career position - Lady Superintendent at the Melbourne Hospital
January 1913 - 1915
Career position - Matron at the Perth Public Hospital
1915
Career position - Volunteered for the Australian Army Nursing Service
1915 - 1916
Career position - Matron at the Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, UK (later known as the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital)
1916
Award - Royal Red Cross (RRC) received
1919
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1919 - 1920
Career position - Matron with the 1st Australian General Hospital in Sutton Veny, UK
1919 - 1920
Career position - Matron with the 2nd Australian General Hospital in Wimpereux, France
1920
Award - Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise
1920 - 1939
Career position - Matron at Epworth Hospital, Victoria
1939
Life event - Retired

Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Ethel Gray, Portrait, March 1918, P02402.030; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Ethel Gray, Portrait, 1916?, P00156.054; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Ethel Gray, Portrait, 31 August 1931, 139514; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Ethel Gray, Records, 1916 - 1920, PR84/023; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Ethel Gray, Records, 1915 - 1917, 2DRL/1326; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Lincoln, Merrilyn, 'Gray, Ethel (1876-1962), nursing sister and army matron', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, p. 84. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090086b.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Alexander, John A. (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp. Details

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