• Mary Sutherland Dowell

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Goulburn, NSW, Australia

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    • DOWELL, Mary Sutherland (Mollie), Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 11 February 2022

    Mary was born on the 9th of January 1893 at the family home, “Ivanhoe,” Cowper St, Goulburn, NSW – the daughter of James Wilson DOWELL and Maud Sara ARMSTRONG, who married at Warranbeen Station, Bathurst on the 10/6/1885 James (Architect, District Works Officer) died in June 1913 at his home in Bathurst, NSW, following a paralytic seizure Maud died at her daughter Maud’s home in Tamworth on the 23/4/1948, aged 84 Siblings: Maud S b.1886 (Cooking Mistress) – marr T.G. GAFFNEY; Laura L b.1887; Jessie M b.1888; Bessie Armstrong b.1889 (Missionary, China) – marr A.G. FLETCHER; *James Wilson (John, Jack) b. 1891 Croydon, NSW – School Teacher – WW1: Pte 4575, 45th Bn – marr Ella – d.12/1/1946 Barry, NSW; Armstrong Manly b.11/12/1894 (Rancher, USA); Harriet L (Bobbie) b.1897; Leigh A b.1905; Norman Orvil b.1907 – d.30/4/1937 Presbyterian Educated at Fairleigh Grammar School, Bathurst Trained in nursing at the Sydney Hospital for 4 years from 1913 to 1916 WW1 Service: Embarked on SS Malta 16/10/1918 for India, and disembarked in Bombay 14/11/1918 Posted to the 34th Welsh General Hospital the same day Admitted to the 34th WGH as a patient from 31/12/1918 to 4/1/1919 Resigned her appointment 5/9/1919 due to marriage Married Ernest John Alfred COOK (Capt, Indian Army) on the 6th of September 1919 in Bombay, India Child: Molly Irene b.26/5/1921 – d.28/8/1977 Living in Woking, Surrey in 1925 Ernest died at Woking on the 14/3/1928 Mary travelled to New Zealand in 1950 on the Atlantis with her daughter (Molly Irene, 29 yr old Bank Officer), having embarked Southampton 3/8/1950 Mary died on the 3rd of June1980 in New Zealand and is interred in the Hamilton Park Cemetery with her daughter Molly who died in 1977 Note: Her birth date on the plaque on her grave is shown as 26/12/1892 – but her birthdate according to the NSW BDM index, her Baptismal record (of the 29/1/1893) and birth notices, all show 9/1/1893 Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), Tue 10 Jan 1893 (p.3): BIRTH “Ivanhoe,” on the 9th, the wife of J.W. DOWELL of a daughter. The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW), Sat 21 Jan 1893 (p.1): BIRTHS DOWELL – On the 9th inst., at Ivanhoe, Cowper-st., Goulburn, the wife of J.W. Dowell of a daughter. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Wed 1 Jan 1913 (p.5): Miss Irene Webb and Miss Mary Dowell, of this city, commence a complete course of nurse training at the Sydney Hospital, on Friday next, 3rd inst. The Bathurst Times (NSW), Wed 1 Nov 1916 (p.1): A WOMAN’S WAY ………………………………………… Visiting Sydney Hospital, I was pleased to meet Nurse Molly Dowell, who seems to have found her right niche in the world, being a favourite with the staff and patients. Nurse Dowell will sit for her final examination next month, and I am sure her many Bathurst friends will wish her every success. The Sun (Sydney, NSW), Tue 20 Feb 1917 (p.5): SYDNEY HOSPITAL Sir Gerald Strickland presented prizes to the nurses as follow – Fourth year, Ursula Holohan 1, Mary S. Dowell 2; ……………………. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Thur 20 Sept 1917 (p.3): Personal Nurse Mary Sutherland Dowell, who was trained in the Sydney Hospital, Macquarie-street, expects to leave for the seat of war at the latter end of December next. Her brother, Mr James W. Dowell, is residing in the Blayney district, having returned from active service sick and wounded. Miss Bessie A. Dowell is a missionary at Shanghai, Miss Maud S. Dowell is cooking mistress at Lismore, Mr Armstrong M. Dowell is on a ranch in America, and Miss Harriett L. Dowell is with her mother in Bathurst. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Mon 26 Aug 1918 (p.2): Personal Nurse Mollie Dowell, daughter of Mrs Dowell, of Piper-street, left last night after spending final leave in Bathurst. Nurse Dowell expects to sail for one of the fighting areas in a few days. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Thur 5 Dec 1918 (p.2): Personal Mrs M.S. Dowell, of Piper-street, yesterday received a cablegram to the effect that her daughter, Nurse Mary Dowell, who left Australia for the front on October 14, had arrived at Bombay and was attached to the Alexandra Hospital. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 22 Nov 1919 (p.12): MARRIAGES COOK – DOWELL – September 6, at Bombay, India, Captain E.J. Cook, of Woking, Surrey, to Mary (Mollie) Sutherland Dowell (late A.I.F. nursing staff), daughter of late J.W. Dowell and Mrs Dowell, Leigh, Bathurst. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Mon 24 Nov 1919 (p.2): Personal By the last mail news was received of the marriage of Mary Sutherland Dowell (late on the nursing staff – A.I.F.), daughter of the late Mr J.W. Dowell and Mrs Dowell, of Piper-street, Bathurst, to Captain E.J. Cook, of Woking, Surrey. The marriage took place at Bombay, India.