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Biographical entry Chatfield, Florence (1867 - 1949)

1 February 1867
Worthing, Sussex, England
5 November 1949
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nurse and Hospital administrator


Florence Chatfield was Matron and then Superintendent of the Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases, Queensland from 1900-1934. She was also supervisor and organiser of the Queensland Government Baby Clinics from their inception in 1918. She presided over the founding meeting in 1904 of the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Trained Nurses' Association (now Royal Australian Nursing Federation), and worked for it in many ways for over 40 years. She was also a foundation member and trustee of the Nurses' Rest Home and Benevolent Fund.



Life event - Arrived in Queensland
1885 - 1888
Career position - Domestic servant
1889 - 1892
Education - Nursing training at Brisbane General Hospital
1892 - 1896
Career position - Charge Nurse at Brisbane General Hospital
1897 - 1899
Career position - Deputy Matron at Brisbane General Hospital
1900 - 1934
Career position - Matron and then Superintendent at Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases
1918 - 1923
Career position - Supervisor and Organiser of Queensland Government Baby Clinics from their inception
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Archival resources

Australian Nurses Federation, Brisbane

  • Florence Chatfield - Records, 1904 - 1944; Australian Nurses Federation, Brisbane. Details

Maternal and Child Welfare Division, Brisbane

  • Florence Chatfield - Records; Maternal and Child Welfare Division, Brisbane. Details

Queensland State Archives

  • Florence Chatfield - Records, 1900 - 1934; Queensland State Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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McCarthy, G.J.