• Catrina Dawson

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Ararat, Victoria, Australia

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    • DAWSON, Catrina (aka Kitty – real name Alice Isabel) – Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 18 July 2015

    Born on the 29/1/1886 at the family home, Hillside Cottage, Moyston Rd, Ararat, Vic – daughter of William Hay DAWSON, J.P. & Edith Jane GIBSON, who married in the Trinity Church, Ararat on the 15/12/1870 Addresses: Hillside Cottage, Moyston Rd / & later Girdlestone Street, Ararat Edith died 14/12/1918 at Ararat, Vic, age 67 Born in Tasmania, William was one of the early pioneers and Mayors of Ararat, but died in Portland, Vic, in 1924, age 89 Siblings all born Ararat: Howard Leighton b.6/10/1871 – Gnr 38046, FA Reinf, 1/4/17 – 21/11/17 – didn’t sail – d.1949 M Albert; Mary b.&d.1872 (5w); Hilda Bristow b.1874 – d.1878 (4); William Raleigh b.4/5/1875 Hillside Cottage – marr Annette – Pte 12278, 10th Fld Amb 11/2/16– 13/2/17; Muriel b.1877 – d.1878 (9m); Lloyd b.1884 – John Lloyd d.1919 Melb, age 30; Dorothy b.1892 – marr John H. DODD 31/12/1915 Ararat. Trained Melbourne Hospital (3 yrs) Member of the RVTNA, passing her final exam in June 1909 Living 13 Spring St, Melbourne in 1909 Sister, Melbourne Eye & Ear Hospital WW1: Embarked on the Orsova 17/7/1915 to join the staff of No.2 HS Kanowna – arriving in London in late August She didn’t however join the HS Kanowna, but instead commenced duty at the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield (1 AAH) on the 3/9/1915, where she remained for the following 8 months She commented in relation to hospital ship duty in a letter written a week after her arrival at 1 AAH – “…..I am almost sorry I did not stick to it, but simply could not stand the sea. Am longing to hear from you, as I feel very lonely at times.” It seems therefore that her loneliness eventually overcame her aversion to life on the ocean, as she later joined a Sea Transport Unit… In April 1916, together with Sister Jones, she visited Ireland whilst on Leave, just as the Irish rebellion was stirring, but managed to return safely to England. Returned to Australia on duty on the Themistocles 13/5/1916 Re-embarked on Euripides 11/9/1916 with No 4 Sea Transport – and arrived England 26/10/1916 RTA on HT Wiltshire 12/11/1916 Embarked at Sydney on RMS Osterley 10/2/1917 – disembarked Plymouth 11/4/1917 and detached for duty with the 2nd AAH, Southall 13/4/1917 Detached from 2 AAH 29/4/1917 to return to Australia on transport duty Both Catrina and her future husband John Cade MURRAY (Lieut, AIF), embarked in Sydney on A28 Miltiades 2/8/1917 & disembarked Glasgow 2/10/1917 Catrina was marched in to London HQ 3/10/1917 and detached to No.2 Command Depot, Weymouth for temporary duty 16/10/1917 While John was sent to the 12th Training Battalion at Codford They then somehow managed to meet up in London, where they were secretly married at St Giles on the 27/10/1917 Catrina then returned to 2 AAH, Southall on the 1/11/1917 – and was detached 4/11/1917 for RTA on transport duty Embarked at Sydney on the A18 Wiltshire 2/2/1918 and disembarked Suez 11/3/1918 Joined for duty at 27th General Hospital, Abbassia 18/4/1918 During her time in Egypt she collected and (together with Sister R. Buxton), sent home a quantity of engraved brass ware Embarked at Alexandria on the Indarra 24/5/1918, and returned to England via France 7/6/1918 – attached to 2 AAH, Southall 9/6/1918 Marched out for duty at Southwell Gardens Hospital (ex furlo) 20/6/1918 – then transferred to 1st AAH, Harefield 24/6/1918 Returned to 2 AAH Southall 28/7/1918 – then back to Southwell Gardens 3/9/1918 – 2 AAH 29/9/1918 Detached from 2 AAH 12/12/1918 and returned to Australia for the final time on duty on HT Nestor 12/12/1918 – 1/2/1919 (3rd MD) Discharged in Melbourne 28/3/1919 Children: June b. Qld – married John Ramsay Sutherland 11/5/1943 at Sydney Uni, NSW (they had 9 children) – Mrs J.R. Sutherland (Wagga Agricultural College 1968) Living Woondooma St, Bundaberg, Qld 1923, 1925, 1930 Matron, Hillston Hospital, Hillston, NSW from 1933 (for 6 years) until 28th Feb 1938 Matron, Moruyn 1938 Public Hospital, Bombala, NSW 1942 Matron, Campbell Hospital, Coroki, NSW from Apr 1944 to end of Sept 1945 Matron, Bundurra Hospital Matron, Gilgandra District Hospital, NSW from Feb 1946 to (Sept?) 1950 Applied for Repat Benefits 1959 Died 31/1/1961 at the Repatriation Hospital, Chatswood, NSW Cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium Lieut John Cade MURRAY Born 24/10/1890 Michelago, NSW – son of John & Victoria Mary Alice Agriculturist WW1: Shell shock 1916 – RTA for a change Re-embarked in Sydney on A28 Miltiades 2/8/1917 & disembarked Glasgow 2/10/1917 RTA on Marathon 15/4/1918 John Cade (agricultural inspector) & Catrina living Woondooma St, Bundaberg, Qld 1925, 1930 John Cade Murray (L) Tobacco farmer stood for election in the Qld Parliament in the seat of Isis in 1932 John Cade (farmer) living Stanley House, Canley Vale, NSW 1936, 1937 [this was his sister’s place] WW2: NSW (NOK, Alice) John Cade (public servant) living 216 William St, Granville, NSW 1949, 1954 – [with Alice Isabel 1954 only] Died 28/9/1958 Chatswood, NSW The Argus (Melb, Vic), Mon 15 Feb 1886 (p.1): Births DAWSON – On the 29th ult., at Hillside, Moyston-road, Ararat, Mrs W.H. Dawson – a daughter. Ararat Chronicle and Willaura and Lake Bolac Districts Recorder (Vic), Tue 2 Nov 1915 (p.2): ARARAT GIRL IN ENGLAND A letter from Miss Kitty Dawson, an erstwhile Ararat girl, who left Victoria after serving her time in the Melbourne Hospital by the Orsova, in company with a hundred others, for active work in the old country, has been received by Mrs W.H. Dawson, of Ararat. Inter alia, Miss Dawson, writing from the Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex, states, under date of September 9th, 1915:- “Sir George Reid is coming down to-day to present the D.S.O. medals to six of our fellows. We are all to look our very best. Madame Crossley brought down a concert party yesterday, who gave a grand concert. The King and Queen are expected down one day this week; that will be a great day of preparation. England seems just like one big garden; we went for a beautiful trip into the country the other day. The fields are very small. Hedges are beautifully kept, scarlet poppies everywhere. Went for a walk in the woods just near here this morning; gathered a beautiful bunch of fox-gloves, just as large as we cultivate. All the same I would as soon be back again with you. Do try and send the address of our relations in the Isle of Wight. When on furlough we have a pass over the British Isles. The hospital ship I was on returns to Australia on [censored]. I am almost sorry I did not stick to it, but simply could not stand the sea. Am longing to hear from you, as I feel very lonely at times.” Ararat Chronicle and Willaura and Lake Bolac Districts Recorder (Vic), Fri 23 Jun 1916 (p.2): PERSONAL Sister Dawson (daughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. Dawson, of Ararat) who left Australia about eight or nine months ago to tend the wounded soldiers, and who was for some time engaged at Harefield Hospital, England, has returned to Australia with one of the hospital ships, and is expected in Ararat shortly. Miss Dawson has had some exciting adventures since entering the active field of operations, and was for 70 hours detained in Dublin during the recent revolt. The Ararat Advertiser (Vic), Sat 24 Jun 1916 (p.2): LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS Miss Dawson, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. Dawson, of Girdlestone street, Ararat, who volunteered as a nurse on the outbreak of the war, returned to Victoria on furlough on Saturday evening last, but went on to Sydney, where she resided for some time previous to her departure for Europe. Miss Dawson was at the hospital at Harefield, and at the Isle of Wight while in Great Britain. She will visit Ararat prior to her departure to again take up her duties in a fortnight’s time. The Ararat Advertiser (Vic), Thur 29 Jun 1916 (p.2): In a recent issue we stated that Miss Dawson, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W.H. Dawson, of Girdlestone street, who has been a nurse at the war, had returned to Victoria, but had gone on to Sydney. They young lady arrived in Ararat by the express on Tuesday evening, and has received a warm welcome from her many friends. Miss Dawson, who was on the staff at the Harefield Hospital, is now on leave for about a fortnight, and intends to-morrow to proceed to the Western district to see some of her friends. Burra Record (SA), Wed 12 Jul 1916 (p.4): A Burra Boy’s Letter FRED HARVEY IN IRELAND Under date 5th May Corporal Harvey writes from Australian Auxiliary Hospital No. 1 Harefield Park, London, to his parents in Bendigo, Victoria:- ………………………….. As I wrote in my last letter the staff were to be given 5 days Easter leave. Well it was arranged that I was to go in the first batch, as two others in the office had not seen Ireland we decided to visit that Island. We left here on Thursday, 20-4-16, ………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………… Next morning caught a train at 7.30 for Killarney, it was on this train we met two Australian nurses, Sisters Dawson and Jones, who were also making for Killarney. Arrived at Killarney about 11 a.m. and straight away made arrangements for us all to stay at Graham’s Hotel. ……………………………………………………… ……………………got up next morning about 9, and with a party including our two Australian nurses went for what is known as the No.1 trip. This trip is nicer, longer and more interesting trip than the one of the previous day. ……………………………… One of the sisters was a good horsewoman but the other, “enough said,” ……………….. ……………………………………………………………………………….. ………….got up next morning about 9 still very tired, and together with the sisters drove out to Blarney and, with the sisters help, kissed the famous stone, a post card of that performance is sent under separate cover. Arrived back to Cork about midday but as the hotel we stayed at the night before was a very expensive one, we decided to have our lunch at a café. We were then informed that the rising was growing, and that we would have to stay in Cork another night, but at 2.30 we found out a train was going to Dublin leaving Cork at 3.30. We were very pleased to hear this as our cash was running low. Well, you should have seen the crowd on the train, the racing crowd too, and a more unmanly lot would be hard to find. The sisters were knocked about a bit, but were successful in getting a seat. The train got into Dublin about 10 o’clock, about two hours late, and we were surprised here to learn that the rising was growing and threatening to develop into a civil war. All trains were now suspended, and ours was unable to go on to Kingston. We made straight for the embarkation officer who, as you can imagine, was very busy as everyone was detained on the railway station, and it was the longest passenger train ever seen in Ireland. After waiting about an hour, the embarkation officer promised to make arrangements for the sisters so I marched with the rest of the soldiers to the Royal Barracks Rest Camp. …………………………………………………….. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/39036574 The Hillston Spectator…….(etc)……(NSW), Thur 17 Feb 1938 (p.2): PERSONAL Matron Murray, who has been in charge of Hillston District Hospital for about six years, has decided to have a change and has tendered her resignation, and asked to be relieved as soon as possible. Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), Sat 22 Apr 1944 (p.4): Personal Matron A.I. Murray has been appointed Matron of the “Campbell” Hospital, Coraki. Matron Murray comes from Bombala, South Coast. Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), Sat 8 Sept 1945 (p.9): MATRON AT CORAKI HOSPITAL RESIGNS CORAKI, Friday – The Board of Directors of Campbell Hospital has accepted the resignation of the Matron (Mrs A.I. Murray). She will terminate duties at the end of the month to take a position at another hospital. Gilgandra Weekly (NSW), Thur 28 Feb 1946 (p.2): LOCAL NEWS Matron A.I. Murray, of Braidwood, has commenced duty in her position as matron of the Gilgandra District Hospital. Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 1, 1961 (p.44): DEATHS MURRAY, Alice Isabel – January 31, 1961, at Repatriation Hospital, beloved mother of June. FUNERALS MURRAY – The Relatives and Friends of the late ALICE ISABEL MURRAY are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel of the Northern Suburbs Crematorium Tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. Friends meet at Crematorium. Notes: J.C. Letter to Editor 1933: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/28027496 Obit 1918: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74285123 Biographical sketch of William 1923: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/64102361 Farewell to Gnr H.L. Dawson 1917: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74277149