• Mary Elizabeth Carmichael

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Stony Creek, VIC, Australia

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    • CARMICHAEL, Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 8 May 2015

    Born in 1893 Mirboo Nth, Sth Gippsland, Vic – daughter of John CARMICHAEL (b. Adelaide) & Elizabeth NIVEN – of ‘Hylands’, Stony Creek, Sth Gippsland John & Elizabeth married in Vic in 1880 – John died 25/10/1927 at ‘Hylands’, age 77 (an old colonist) & Elizabeth died 1940 Elwood, age 79 Siblings: Eva Margaret b.1880 Dunolly – marr MARTIN; Ilma Eunice Victoria b.1884 Brunswick – marr WILLS; Belle – marr BARTON; *Duncan Alexander b.1887 Mirboo Nth – WW1: Lieut, 8th LH – marr Joyce – d.14/7/1943 at ‘Hylands’, Stony Creek, age 56 *Ruby Vivian b.1890 Mirboo Nth – WW1: Nurse, AANS – marr Edward Willim CAMPBELL in 1937 in Vic – d.May 1990, age 100 Janet Marion b.1891 MN – marr D.W. COUTTS; James Colin b.1895 Meeniyan; John Rhodes b.1897 Leongatha – d.1981 Educated at the Dumbalk East School Trained in nursing at the Castlemaine Hospital for 3 years, successfully passing her final exam with the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in May 1915 WW1: Embarked (with her sister Ruby) 12/6/1917 on the Mooltan – disembarked Suez 19/7/17 & attached for duty 14th AGH Abbassia Embarked for Salonika per Osmanieh 12/8/17 – disemb 14/8 – joined 43rd Gen Hosp 15/8 for temp duty – departed to 52nd Gen Hos 18/817 Adm hosp29/9/17 (N.Y.D) – adm Sisters Conv Camp 28/10/17 (dysentery) – disch 17/11 back to 52nd Gen Hosp Adm 43rd GH 12/6/18 (diarrheoa) – adm Sisters CC 22/6 – Rejoined 52nd GH 6/7/18 Adm 43rd GH 20/8/18 (N.Y.D.) – disch to 52nd GH 29/8 awaiting evacuation Married Major Edward Burton GUNSON, RAMC on the 10/9/1918 in Salonika - and struck off strength Embarked for Egypt 2/10/18, en route for Australia RTA from Suez 27/12/1918 on the Wiltshire (free passage) The couple lived in Auckland, NZ after the war Children (1): Elizabeth b.29/10/1919 “Atanga,” Remuera, NZ – married Patrick O’MANA – resident of England in 1950 In April 1937, a 40 (sic) yr old Mary & 17 yr old Elizabeth arrived in London on the Strathnaver from Melbourne – they were permanent residents of New Zealand & would be returning to NZ – address given for their stay in England: 28 Elvaston Place, Kensington Returned to the UK late 1938, and lived in England during WW2 Applied for Repat 1958 Edward Burton GUNSON – Major, RAMC Born 1883 NZ – son of William GUNSON & Jane BUXTON [A letter in records from Mary’s mother 30/10/1918: states Edward is a New Zealander who enlisted in England & commanded a hospital in Salonika – that they were coming on a short leave to Melbourne & NZ] First served in Egypt 28/4/1915, and then Salonika for 4 years UK Medical Register – registered 21/9/1910 – qualifications: M.B., Bac. Surg. 1910, Univ. Edin.; M.R.C.P. Lond., 1913; F. 1930, R.C.P. Lond. 1911 – University Union, Edinburgh; 1915, 1919 – 73 Welbeck street, London; 1927, 1935, 1939 – 28 Princes street, Auckland, NZ; 1947 – 1 Little Smith street, Westminster, London Edward B. Gunson, Physician, age 57, embarked Bombay on the Warwick Castle for Liverpool, arriving 24/6/1941 – his address in England: 2 Vandon Court, Petty France, London – country of permanent residence, England Edward died 6/6/1950 St Kilda, Vic, age 66 Mary remarried to Alex SCOTT-McKENZIE (Retired Surgeon-Captain, RAN) on the 24/6/1952 at Christ Church, South Yarra, Vic Mary died 1977 Malvern, Vic, age 84 Great Southern Star (Leongatha, Vic), Tue 12 Jun 1917 (p.2): DUMBALK A euchre party and dance was held in Dumbalk Hall on Friday last in aid of the local Recreation ground, and despite the inclemency of the weather there was a good attendance; Stony Creek, Meeniyan and districts being represented. ………………… Nurses Ruby and Mary Carmichael, of Stony Creek, who are sailing on Tuesday to take up their duties of Red Cross Nurses at Mesopotamia and thence to France, were amongst the gathering, taking the opportunity to say farewell to their old school friends. Being scholars of the Dumbalk East School, they are well known in the district. These two young ladies, who, no doubt, are depriving themselves of a lot, like other Nurses who have answered the call, are leaving the shores of Australia to take up a noble duty in looking after our wounded and sick boys at the front. New Zealand Herald, Vol 82, Issue 25310, 18 Sept 1945 (p.2): SOCIAL NEWS Mrs E.B. Gunson, who has spent several years in England, returned to Auckland yesterday by the Akaroa. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thu 8 Jun 1950 (p.14): DEATHS GUNSON – On June 6, Dr Edward Burton, dearly loved husband of Mary Elizabeth, and father of Elizabeth (Mrs Patrick O’Mana, England). The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 7 Jun 1950 (p.11): FUNERAL NOTICES GUNSON – A memorial service for the late Dr EDWARD BURTON GUNSON, M.D., F.R.C.P., will be held at Sleight’s funeral home, St Kilda road, Melbourne, THIS DAY (Wednesday), commencing at 9.45 am after which a private interment will take place at the Meeniyan Cemetery, South Gippsland. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 25 Jun 1952 (p.6): FORMER NAVAL HEAD IS WED A wedding of interest to friends in Australia and New Zealand was that of Mrs E.B. Gunson, widow of Dr Gunson, formerly of Auckland, and Surgeon Captain A. Scott McKenzie, R.A.N., (ret.), which was celebrated at Christ Church, South Yarra, yesterday. Mrs Gunson was attended by her sister, Mrs E.W. Campbell. Captain Scott McKenzie, a former Director of Naval Medical Services was accompanied to the church by Captain J. Henderson, R.A.N. (ret.).