• Eliza Annette Forrest

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  • 1914–1915 Star
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    • FORREST, Eliza Annetta (Netta) – Staff Nurse, AVH & QAIMNSR (ARRC)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 5 November 2016

    Born on the 16th of June 1878 in Beechworth, Vic – daughter of Balfour Ewing FORREST (JP, Crown Lands Bailiff) and Jeannie GREIG – who married in 1877 Jeannie died in 1899, age 51 – Balfour remarried, and died in 1922 Resident of Rostulla, Beechworth and later Wodonga Siblings (all born Beechworth): Alexander Ewing 1879 – 1881; Balfour Grieg 1881 – 1954; Jeannie b.1883 – d.1951; David Alexander b.1885; William b.1888 – Engineering Draftsman with Electrical Signaling branch of the Victorian Railways – WW1: 1849 / Lieut, 5th DSC (MID) – d.1966 Beechworth, age 77 Religion: Presbyterian *Educated at Beechworth Ladies College Applied as a pupil nurse at the Wangaratta District Hospital April 1902 *Trained in nursing at the Creswick District Hospital for 3 years from 1903 Qualified as member of the ATNA Dec 1905 6 months extra training in the Melbourne Women’s Hospital in 1911 Private nursing from 1911 to 1913 In 1913 she sailed for England on the Ballarat and arrived in London on the 10/10/1913 In England she served at the Women’s Hospital, Birmingham from October to December 1913 Private nursing in Windsor and London from January 1914 to March 1915 WW1: Joined the Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH) in France on the 19/3/1915 – and served with them until they were taken over by the War Office 1/7/1916 and renamed the 32nd Stationary Hospital (SH) Along with the Matron Ida Greaves and 21 AVH nurses, she then transferred to Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), and continued to serve at the 32nd SH On the 3/6/1917 she was admitted as a patient with Trench Fever, and invalided to the UK 29/6/1917 Medical Board, Vincent Square 17/7/1917 – Sick leave granted with extension to 28/8/1917, at which time she was passed fit for General Service by a Medical Board at Military Hospital, Edinburgh She returned to France 4/9/1917 and to duty at the 32nd SH 8/9/1917 Posted to the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) 15/9/1917 – the 49th CCS 18/11/1917 – 57th CCS 18/12/1917, and returned to the 42nd CCS the same day Nurses Home, Abbeville 10/4/1918 10th Stationary Hospital 30/4/1918 – 18th CCS 25/5/1918 On the 20/9/1918 she slipped whilst carrying a bucket of hot water and fell on her face, resulting in a bruised face and wrist and a severe scald to her forearm – she was admitted to the 11th CCS 22/9/1918, and then the 14th General Hospital 26/9/1918 – transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Hardelot 5/10/1918 – and returned to duty 15/10/1918 Posted to the 24th General Hospital, Etaples 16/11/1918, and admitted as a patient (Coryza) 14/4/1919 – invalided to the UK 1/5/1919 (Influenza) Medical Board, Vincent Square 27/5/1919 At a Medical Board on the 10/6/1919 she was found fit to resume Civil Duties, and her engagement was terminated on the 15/6/1919 Confidential Report – Matron, 24th General Hospital, 14/6/1919: “Miss Forrest joined this unit 16/11/1918 as a Staff Nurse. I consider her work is above the average. She is a good nurse and a very good manager. Is very reliable and thoroughly to be depended upon, tactful, punctual and hard-working, self reliant and is a good influence in the unit. For several nights in the absence of the …… night-superintendent, she acted in her place and I was …… by the grasp she had of things and her good judgement. She is most suitable for promotion.” Invested with the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (ARRC) on the 14th June 1919 at Buckingham palace Returned to Australia soon after 1919 Electoral Roll: Nurse – Rostulla, Beechworth 1924 ER: Home Duties – Brown St, Heidelberg (also William, Engineer) Resident Heidelberg in 1925 1925 – Sister at the Heidelberg Baby Health Centre 1927- in charge of the Ivanhoe Baby Health Centre 1943 ER: Nurse – 2 Ivanhoe Pde, Ivanhoe 1949, 1954 ER: HD – Birrell St, McCrae (Flinders) Still living at above address when she died Died on the 20th October 1962 at a private hospital, Hawthorn, Vic, aged 84 Following a service at Taylor’s Chapel, Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe on the 23rd, she was cremated at Springvale Crematorium and her ashes collected Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic), Sat 12 Apr 1902 (p.11): THE WANGARATTA HOSPITAL ……………………………………… Applications for pupil nurse were received from – ………… Netta Forrest, Beechworth; …………………………… Final ballot: Barnes, 9: Forrest, 4. It was decided that in the event of Miss Barnes not passing the doctor’s examination with regard to health that Miss Forrest be appointed, as she held second place in the ballot. The British Journal of Nursing, June 2 1919 (p.420): On Saturday, June 14th, the King conferred decorations at Buckingham Palace: – The Royal Red Cross – Second Class Staff Nurse, Eliza Forrest, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve; .. Wodonga and Towong Sentinel (Vic), Fri 15 Aug 1919 (p.2): Distinguished honor won by Beechworth lady – Nurse Netta Forrest, daughter of Mr B.E. Forrest, of Beechworth, is returning to Australia this month, after four years’ service as a military nurse at the front, where she did magnificent work. On 14th June, prior to leaving for Australia, she was invested by the King at Buckingham Palace, with the RRC (Royal Red Cross) was presented to Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House, who thanked her personally for the service rendered to the wounded soldiers. Nurse Forrest is a native of Beechworth, and everyone rejoices that her noble conduct has been suitably acknowledged by the English nation. Benalla Standard (Vic), Fri 26 Sept 1919 (p.4): DISTRICT NEWS BEECHWORTH A welcome home was given to Sister Netta Forrest, R.R.C., by the members of the Australian Women’s National League, at the town hall. Sister Forrest is a native of Beechworth. During the war she was mentioned in despatches, and was decorated by the King with the Royal Red Cross. The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 27 Jul 1926 (p.6): HEIDELBERG SHIRE BABY HEALTH CENTRES …………………………………………. In October last the Heidelberg shire council granted £125 in response to a request that a second sister was needed. Unfortunately the Government grant has not been forthcoming, so nothing further is able to be done in the matter. Sister Forrest, who is in charge, has attended to as many as 40 mothers in one afternoon. ………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/202545947 The Age (Melb, Vic), Thur 18 Oct 1945 (p.5): AROUND THE SUBURBS Training School Since 1934 a number of women residing in Ivanhoe and Heidelberg have been working to raise funds to assist the Victorian Baby Health Centre’s training school, and during that time they have supplied many essential furnishings for the school, in addition to such necessities as blankets and tiny garments for the premature babies who are cared for at the training school. The 18 members of this auxiliary are all mothers who had attended the Ivanhoe Baby Health Centre when Sister Forrest was in charge, and it was at her suggestion that the auxiliary was formed, mainly to assist mothers in poor circumstances, then later on to provide necessities and extra medical supplies for the premature babies at the school. Funds are mainly raised by direct giving. When Sister Forrest retired last October, after 20 years’ service, the president of the Ivanhoe auxiliary (Mrs E.A. Foletta) arranged a party in her honor, and a presentation was made to Sister Forrest for her wonderful work in the district. Several of the auxiliary members still retain a very personal interest in the centre by acting as voluntary helpers there. The Age (Vic), Mon Oct 22 1962 (p.13): DEATHS FORREST – On October 20 at a private hospital, Eliza Annetta, of Burrell Street, MacRae, formerly of Beechworth and Ivanhoe, loved sister of Burleigh [sic] (deceased), Jean (deceased), David (deceased) and William, of Heidelberg, aged 84 years. FORREST – On October 20, Eliza Annetta, loving sister-in-law of Jess (Mrs Forrest, of Albury), and fond aunt of Greig and William, of Beechworth, and Beryl (Mrs F. Holder), and Keith, of Sydney. FUNERALS FORREST – The Funeral of the late Miss ELIZA ANNETTA FORREST will leave Taylor’s chapel, 81 Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe TOMORROW after a service commencing at 9.50 a.m., for the Springvale Crematorium.