Marjorie was born on the 28th of April 1885 at Darleith, East St Kilda – the daughter of Albert Loddon YUILLE and Ethel Maria Clarissa PIKE, who married on the 12/8/1882 at St Peter’s Church, Eastern Hill, Vic
Albert, a Blood Stock Salesman (in conjuction with his brother Archie) died at his home ‘Warrawee’, Dendy St, Middle Brighton on the 4/9/1916, aged 55
Ethel died on the 27/1/1939
Siblings: Helen Buchanan b.1/8/1883 ‘Darleith’ – marr George A. CHADWICK 19/6/1912; Ethel Elsie Vincent b.9/7/1887 ‘Warrawee’ – marr Philip B. HUDSON 14/12/1910; Geoffrey Buchanan b.23/5/1894 – d.1898 (4); *Jack Buchanan b.15/7/1900 ‘Warrawee,” Brighton (Clerk) – WW1: Enl 3/10/1918 – demob 17/12/1918
Religion: Church of England
Trained in nursing at the Melbourne Hospital for 3 years, passing her final exam for the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association in December 1910
Marjorie enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service 21/11/1914 and embarked 5/12/1914 on SS Kyarra as a Staff Nurse with the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH), for Egypt. Also on board as a Captain with the 1st AGH was Marjorie’s future husband Dr H. Hume Turnbull.
She was serving at Ras-el-Tin Convalescent Home in October 1915
Promoted to Sister 1/12/1915
On the 1/1/1916 Hume took command of the Ras-el-tin Convalescent Depot, with the Temporary rank of Major whilst in command. Marjorie reported back to the 1st AGH from Ras-el-Tin 25/1/1916, and Hume returned to the 1st AGH 10/2/1916.
The 1st AGH embarked at Alexandria on the HS Salta for Marseilles, arriving 5/4/1916.
Marjorie and the rest of the nursing staff disembarked on the 8th and went into billets, before being entrained for Rouen on the 10th, arriving on the 12th.
She was admitted to Meerut British General Hospital, Rouen 21/4/1916 with Mumps – discharged to duty from No. 25 Stationary Hospital, Rouen 11/5/1916
[Rejoined Unit from Hospital 25/7/1916]
Sick to bed with Influenza 20/12/1916
Proceeded to England on sick leave 4/1/1917, embarking at Havre on HS St George
Resigned appointment in England on account of marriage 6/2/1917
Marjorie married (Dr) Henry Hume David TURNBULL on the 6th of February 1917 in the Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London, England
[Her address at time of marriage: Wakefield, Sutton, Surrey]
Having returned to France after the wedding, Hume was invalided to England with Jaundice in May. Remaining in England, he served at the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, and then HQ Admin. Marjorie gave birth to their first child on the 12/11/1917.
Hume was then to return to Australia on the Makura from Vancouver, on duty as Chief Medical Officer with members of the AFC and RAF who were returning to develop aviation in Australia. Wishing to take Marjorie and his 6 month old son with him, they embarked at their own expense on the SS Canadian Transport 30/5/1918. Connecting with the Makura on the 3/7/1918, they landed back in Newcastle, NSW on the 2/8/1918 before returning overland to Victoria. Hume’s appointment with the AIF was then terminated at his own request 23/9/1918
* Nicholas Hume b.12/11/1917 Sloane St, London – married Judith Ann HERRING 1946
* Clarissa Mary (Molly) b.6/6/1919 Sth Yarra – married Flight Lieut Sydney Ian DALRYMPLE (RAAF) 19/6/1945 Toorak
* Jean b.18/7/1921 Teringa (Stenographer)
* Henry Hume b.27/2/1923 Melbourne – WW2, Flying Officer (Navigator), 461 Sqdn, RAAF – KIA 1/10/1944 in a flying battle over the North Sea (AWM photo)
On their return, they resided in South Yarra until mid-1919 when they purchased ‘Teringa’ 10 St George’s Rd, Toorak, where they were still living in 1954
Marjorie was a committee member of the newly formed Melbourne Hospital Red Cross Auxiliary, South Yarra and Toorak branch in 1921.
She was also a president of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club in 1922, 1923-24, 1925; and members were treated to an annual Garden Party at her home.
She also hosted many other social and fund-raising functions.
During WW2, together with other returned nurses, she conducted practical demonstrations at her home for groups of women, in regard to bandaging, lifting and moving patients, etc; as well as various other help towards the war effort.
Hume also served in WW2 from 1940 – 1946
Hume, who had been born 28/10/1882 in Tambo, Qld, died on the 11th February 1958 at Toorak, aged 75, and was cremated at Springvale Cemetery (13/2/58) – his ashes are installed in the Melaleuca Colonnade 1, Section F, Niche 39
Marjorie died at Armadale in April 1968, aged 82 – she was cremated at Springvale Cemetery on the 17/4/1968, and her ashes installed near her husbands in Niche 2
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 11 May 1885 (p.1):
YUILLE – On the 28th ult., at Darleith, East St Kilda, the wife of Albert L. Yuille – a daughter .
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 12 Jan 1911 (p.8):
TRAINED NURSES EXAMINATION RESULTS
The following candidate were successful at the examinations conducted on December 6 and 7 by the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association:
……………………………………….., Marjory Yuille, …………….
Weekly Times (Melb, Vic), Sat 9 Oct 1915 (p.10):
On Active Service
Sister Finlay has been appointed matron of the convalescent home at Ras-el-tin, Egypt. On her staff are Sister Clara Ross and Nurse Marjorie Yuille. ……………
Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 22 Feb 1917 (p.29):
Dr Hume Turnbull, of the Australian Army Medical Corps, youngest son of Mrs John Turnbull, “Warrambla,” Toorak, cabeled from London last week saying that he and his fiancée, Miss Marjory Yuille, a daughter of Mr and Mrs Albert Yuille, of “Warrawee,” Middle Brighton, had been married on the previous day. The affair can be chronicled as a war-time romance, for the bride, who is a military nurse, met her husband in the hospital where both were serving the country. Dr Turnbull, who was very popular when he was attached to the Base Hospital in this city, is to be congratulated on wedding one of the best-liked girls in Melbourne, who was equally popular in nursing circles, both civil and military.
The Australasian (Melb, Vic), Sat 9 Jun 1917 (p.57):
TURNBULL – YUILLE – On the 6th February, at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, England, Henry Hume Turnbull, Major, R.A.M.C. [sic], A.I.F., youngest son of the late John Turnbull, Toorak, to Marjorie Cross, second daughter of the late Albert Yuille, Brighton.
The Age (Melb, Vic), Wed 24 Oct 1917 (p.9):
At yesterday’s meeting of Melbourne Hospital committee, Dr. H.H. Turnbull and Dr. C.V. Mackay were appointed honorary physicians to out-patients. Both these doctors are at present on active service, and will take up their duties upon their return to Melbourne.
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 22 May 1918 (p.10):
AVIATION IN AUSTRALIA
Aviation is to receive much more attention in the Commonwealth in future than hitherto.
The following officers are being brought from England for appointment to the Central Flying School, at Point Cook: –
Australian Flying Corps – …………………………….
Australian Army Medical Corps – Major H.H.D. Turnbull.
Graphic of Australia (Melb, Vic), Fri 7 Jun 1918 (p.8):
MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE
Medical Captain H. Hume Turnbull and his wife have left Blight to return to their native Wattle by way of America. The soldier-medico, who has been at the front for about three years, will continue his khakied career in Australia. Mrs Turnbull, who is a daughter of Mrs Yule [sic], of Brighton, was serving with the Australian Army Nursing Corps, when she met and married Dr Turnbull, who is a son of Mr Turnbull, of Toorak.
Graphic of Australia (Melb, Vic), Thur 8 Aug 1918 (p.7):
MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE
Medical Major and Mrs Hume Turnbull, who, with their baby, get back to their native wattle this week, after doing their dual bits in the war-zone, have lost all their heavy luggage, which, when travelling by a different route to the owners, was sent to Davy Jones’ locker by a Hun torpedo. Amongst the “heavies” were all their treasures, such as wedding presents, etc. However, the pair are too glad to have convoyed their infant back in safety to worry much about such material matters as luggage. Before her marriage Mrs Turnbull, who is a daughter of Mrs Yule [sic], of Brighton, was a member of the Australian Nurses’ Corps at the front. She and her sisters were the most popular girls in that seaside suburb.
The Prahran Telegraph (Vic), Sat 31 May 1919 (p.3):
Dr and Mrs Hume Turnbull, who since their return from England have been leasing the late Mrs Carse’s house, “Bonooke,” in Acland street, South Yarra, will shortly settle in Toorak, where they have purchased Mrs Robert Knox’s property in St George’s road.
The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 29 Nov 1921 (p.6):
RED CROSS AUXILIARY FORMED
The first meeting of the Melbourne Hospital Red Cross Auxiliary, South Yarra and Toorak branch, was held at the Melbourne Hospital yesterday; ……………
The following office bearers were elected; – …………………
Committee – Lady Chauvel, …………, Mrs Hume Turnbull, ……………….
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 21 Jun 1923 (p.6):
ARMY NURSES’ CLUB
At a meeting of the Royal Army Nurses’ Club, held on Tuesday night, the following office bearers were elected for the year 1923-24: –
President, Mrs Hume Turnbull, committee, ……………………………
The Age (Melb, Vic), Fri 19 Jun 1925 (p.11):
Returned Army Nurses
The annual meeting of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club was held last night in the club rooms in Anzac House. The president (Mrs Hume Turnbull) presided and there was a large attendance, including three army sisters on a visit from India.
The Herald (Melb, Vic), Mon 5 Dec 1932 (p.14):
December 5 – 1914
Many wartime memories will be revived at a reunion dinner at The Australia this evening. Twenty-six Victorian nurses who were despatched for service abroad by the first hospital ship to leave Australia during the war will dine together to mark the anniversary of the date of the Kyarra’s sailing, December 5, 1914.
The diners will include Mrs E.T. Attiwell (Miss Ethel Tracy Richardson), who, after a short period on active service, came back to Australia and took up the position of Matron-in-Chief of the Australian Army Nursing Service. She had control of all nurses in the Commonwealth who enlisted for service – nearly 3000.
The following will attend tonight’s rally dinner: ……………….., Mrs Hume Turnbull, (Miss Margery Yuille), ………………
The Age (Melb, Vic), Mon 21 Oct 1935 (p.13):
Army Nurses at Garden Party
For twelve years members of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club have been entertained annually at a garden party given by Mrs Hume Turnbull, a former army nurse, at her residence in St George’s-road, Toorak. Saturday afternoon provided ideal for the occasion, and neary 100 guests were present, including one from Wesh Australia. They were received by Mrs Turnbull, who was assisted by her mother, Mrs. A.L. Yuille, her sisters, Mesdames C.A. Chadwick, P. Hudson and J. Yuille, and her niece, Mrs R. Stewart.
Among the guests were the president of the Returned Nurses’ Club, Miss G. Douglas; Miss G. Wilson and Miss G. Davis, two ex-presidents, and Miss Cornwell, a former A.I.F. matron. They spent a happy afternoon chatting over old times, for this function is always a reunion, and there were nurses among them who went right through the war. Every guest carried home with her a bunch of lily of the valley, which she had picked from her hostess’s beautiful garden.
The Age (Melb, Vic), Mon 8 Nov 1937 (p.4):
Many old friendships were renewed in the delightful garden at “Teringa,” St George’s-road, Toorak, on Saturday afternoon, when Mrs Hume Turnbull invited nearly 60 members of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club to a garden party.
Some of the guests had not met for nearly twenty years, and old memories were discussed as they strolled over the lawns and inspected the garden, which was abloom with multicolored roses, lovely purple and gold irises, stock, and countless other flowers.
The flowers in the lounge rooms also came in for a great deal of attention, and bowls of lupins, tall spikes of delphiniums, Madonna lilies and paeony roses looked very effective.
Among thos present were the president of the club (Miss Grace Douglas), the secretary (Miss M. Ambler), and Misses M. Donnellan, Nicholson, R. Quartermain, N. Reay, E. Hart, E. Judd, Mrs M. Yuille, Mrs S. Malcolm, Misses D. Rogerson, M. Martin, Q. Isaacs, D. Davis, A. Dowsley, M. Tilton, O. Templeton, Mrs J.B. Youille, Mrs P. Hudson, Misses Jobson, E. Gaeyman, E. Kendall, L. Williamson, Simpson, M. Bentley, M. Barten, N. Kerr, E. Kendall, J. Bage, V. Woinarski, Mrs Gidderson, Miss A. King and others.
The Herald (Melb, Vic), Sat 22 Oct 1938 (p.25):
Returned Army Nurses At Garden Party
Nearly 70 members of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club were present at a Garden Party given by Mrs Hume Turnbull at her home in St George’s Road, Toorak, this afternoon.
The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 11 Oct 1939 (p.2):
Sir – In a recent issue attention was directed to the need for equipment for the entertainment hut which the Australian Inland Mission is building at Darwin for the soldiers of the garrison there. As a result a generous friend has given a full-sized billiard table, in perfect condition, equipped with cues, &c., and another has given billiard balls, and I am anxious to obtain a set of snooker balls as well.
I find that the cost of a set of 22 is £18 10. There might be people willing to contribute toward purchasing the set. I have received two gramophones and records, and gifts of sets of darts and other indoor games would be welcomed – Yours &c.,
Toorak. MARJORIE TURNBULL (Mrs Hume Turnbull)
The Herald (Melb, Vic), Fri 9 Feb 1940 (p.11):
A.I.F. Men Give Dance For Nurses
Second A.I.F. men are giving the Bunyip Club dance at Tudor Court tonight in honor of Returned Army nurses in appreciation of their work at the canteen at the Showgrounds.
The proceeds will go to the canteen. The guests of honor will be the Matron-in-Chief of the Australian Army Nursing Service (Miss Grace Wilson), Mrs Hume Turnbull, Mrs Leith Gillepie, other helpers at the canteen, and the Camp Commandant at the Showgrounds, Lieutenant-Colonel Simpson and Mrs Simpson.
The will be received by Mrs Louis Monod, Miss Nan Reay (President of the Returned Army Nurses’ Club), and Mrs Ryall.
Sig. John Hall, 2nd A.I.F.; A.C.1 Tom Cooper, A.C.1 Norman Farrar, and A.C.1 Ian Schole all members of the Air Force, have organized the dance, with substantial help from officers and men of the 2nd A.I.F. and Air Force.
The Age (Melb, Vic), Sat 24 Aug 1940 (p.2):
RETURNED ARMY NURSES
Work in War Time
From a peace-time club, where members met for reunions and social occasions the Returned Army Nurses’ Club has, in this first year of the war, changed its character completely, and its members have joined wholeheartedly in the national effort of Australian women.
Naturally members devote much of their time to work for the Red Cross, and from their membership of 400 have come many of the instructors for whom the Red Cross Society has asked. They also use their specialized knowledge in making bandages and other supplies through the president’s branch at Government House, where fifteen women on an average attend the daily working group. ………………………………
Typical of the work of many members is that of Miss Grace Douglas, who began instruction of several home nursing groups last year, and in the many classes she has taken have been girls from factories, business houses and girls’ colleges, woman University students, as well as brides and grandmothers, all showing the greatest interest and attention. She has also examined classes.
Another to carry on similar work is Mrs Hume Turnbull, who also conducts practical demonstrations in her own home, where the pupils practice bed making, moving and lifting patients, bandaging and pouticing. Helping her in these demonstrations are several members of the club. ……………….
The Herald (Melb, Vic), Tue 14 Oct 1941 (p.9):
HOME FRONT ACTIVITIES
A delightful garden party was held at Mrs Hume Turnbull’s home St George’s Road, Toorak, this afternoon, when the Australian Medical Corps Welfare Auxiliary entertained about 230 mothers, wives and children of the men serving abroad.
The guests arrived in four buses, and the doctors’ wives and daughters, who compose the auxiliary, saw that everyone had a happy afternoon.
Pictures taken will be sent overseas to husbands and sons. Among those assisting Mrs Turnbull were the president of the A.A.M.C. Welfare Auxiliary (Mrs Gordon Shaw) and the honorary secretary (Mrs Harry Furnell).
The Herald (Melb, Vic), Wed 21 Feb 1945 (p.11):
NURSES’ CLUB EXPANDS
More than 50 nursing sisters who have served in this war have joined the Returned Nurses’ Club, which now has a membership of 400. Until last year it was known as the Returned Army Nurses Club, but the name was changed to incorporate members of the RAAF and Naval nursing services.
Mrs Hume Turnbull was president when the club was formed in 1922, ……………