• Essie Craig

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    • Essie Craig
    • Posted by ResearchBuff, Friday, 22 May 2020

    Essie (birth registered as Essy) was born in 1878, to James Craig and Mary Elizabeth nee Woodroffe who lived at 'Berwarden' Weinberg Rd Hawthorn.. Essie was Jame's and Mary's youngest daughter and eighth child of ten. Ellen Fanny b1864 Mary Florence b1866 James Kennedy b1870 Henrietta Annie b1872 Robert Samuel David b1873 Maggie b1874 Edith b1876 Arthur Woodroffe b1881 Harold Gordon b1884 Essie undertook her nurse training at Melbourne Hospital and after three years was successfully admitted to the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses Association. As a trained nurse Essie worked at Geelong Hospital and held Matron positions at a private hospital and Castlemaine Hospital. Enlisting in the AIF in November 1914 aged 35, Essie embarked at Melbourne on the A55 Kyarra early December 1914 en route for Egypt. Illness, possibly typhoid fever, left Essie with myocarditis and after only a few months attached to 1AGH Heliopolis she was invalided back to Australia and her appointment was terminated. Essie and Major (Dr) Bernard Traugott ZWAR AIF announced their engagement in December 1915, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/142983992 and were married on 14 May the following year. They settled in Melbourne. Bernard died in 1947 aged 70. Essie died aged 83yrs in 1962.