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Biographical entry Wilson, Grace Margaret (1879 - 1957)

CBE, RRC

Born
25 June 1879
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
12 January 1957
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Nurse

Summary

Grace Wilson served as a nurse in both world wars. In the First World War she was principal matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital in England, Lemnos, Abbassia and France. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1916 for her work in the Australian Army Nursing Service and was appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1919 for her work in France. In the Second World War Wilson was matron-in-chief of the nursing service with the Australian Imperial Forces. She served in the Middle East until ill health forced her to return to Australia in August 1941.

Details

Events

1905 - 1908
Education - Nurse training at the Brisbane Hospital
July 1914 - October 1914
Career position - Matron at the Brisbane Hospital
October 1914 - April 1915
Career position - Principal Matron with the 1st Military District, Australian Army Nursing Service
April 1915
Career position - Transferred to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as Principal Matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital
May 1915 - August 1915
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in England
August 1915 - August 1916
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Lemnos, Greece
1916
Award - Royal Red Cross (RRC) received
October 1916
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbassia, Egypt
October 1916 - April 1917
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Brighton, UK
April 1917 - September 1917
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbeville, France
September 1917 - April 1918
Career position - Temporary Matron-in-Chief at the Australian Imperial Force Headquarters in London
April 1918 - May 1919
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbeville, France
1919
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military) (CBE)
May 1919 - January 1920
Career position - Principal Matron with the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford, UK
January 1920
Life event - Returned to Australia
November 1920 - January 1933
Career position - Matron at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
August 1925 - c. 1940
Career position - Matron-in-Chief of the Army Nursing Reserve
1929
Award - Florence Nightingale Medal received from the International Committee of the Red Cross
January 1933 - c. 1940
Career position - Matron at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
September 1940 - August 1941
Career position - Matron-in-Chief of the Nursing Service with the Australian Imperial Force, serving in the Middle East
September 1943
Career position - Executive Office of the Nursing Control Section of the Department of Manpower Directorate in Victoria

Archival resources

Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Grace Wilson, Portrait, May 1915, A05332; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Grace Wilson, Portrait, c. 1942, 044158; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • McCarthy, Janice, 'Wilson, Grace Margaret (1879-1957), Nursing Sister and Army Matron-in-Chief', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 522-523. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120587b.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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