• Mary Margaret Freetag

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Stratford, VIC, Australia

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    • FREETAG (Freitag), Mary Margaret - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 2 December 2015

    Born in 1883 at Stratford, Vic – daughter of Joseph FREITAG & Mary DOWNING – who married in Sale 28/6/1871 Joseph (born Prussia) was murdered at Woodlands, Stratford 27/8/1891 (by his employee John Ross) – Mary (born Ireland) was also stabbed, but lived – she died at Bairnsdale on the 6/12/1920, age 73 The family partnership of “Freitag & Co” (consisting of Mary snr & her children), carrying on the business of farmers & graziers in the Stratford district, had been dissolved in the November of 1920 Siblings: Maria Catherine (Cis) b.1872 – marr James CAREY – d.1936; Joseph Friedrich b.1874; Esther Jane b.1875; Twins Ann & Elizabeth b.1877 & d.1878 (age 8mths); Edward b.1879; Samuel John b.1880 – d.1945; Helena Barbara b.1886 – marr P. Joseph TIPPING – d.1933; Educated at the Convent of Notre Dame de Sion School, Sale Trained in nursing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne (3 years) [photo 1909] Qualified as a member of the R.V.T.N.A in June 1910 WW1: Enlisted 18/6/1917 Embarked Melbourne 30/6/1917 on SS Somali – disembarked Bombay 30/7/17 and posted to Deccan War Hospital, Poona Transferred to Hospital Ship Varela 29/3/19 Promoted to Sister 30/6/1919 Resigned appointment due to marriage 24/8/1919 Married Lieut James MORRISON, 1st Scottish Rifles, on the 28/3/1919 at the Holy Name Church, Bombay, India (but didn’t resign until 24/8/19) Welcomed home in July 1920 Children (2): *Ronald James b.16/10/1922 Edinburgh, Scotland – marr Dorothy Mary STUBBS 15/11/1950 Toorak – d.31/12/1994 Sale *John Marshall b.12/9/1925 Melb – WW2: RAAF – marr Margaret Mary DUART 1953 Toorak Died on Friday the 12th May 1939 at St Helen’s Private Hospital, Sale Buried in the Sale Cemetery on Saturday 13th May James born 5/1/1893 Scotland – son of James MORRISON & Helen MARSHALL Re-married to Jemma STEPHENSON c1944 Died 25/12/1971 Sale, Vic Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 31 Jan 1910 (p.3): STRATFORD A very successful concert in aid of St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, promoted by Miss M.M. Freitag, has taken place, over £12 resulting Gippsland Mercury (Sale, Vic), Fri 22 Jun 1917 (p.2): Miss Mary Freitag, daughter of Mrs Freitag, of “Edwardville,” Stratford, has been accepted as staff-sister in the A.I.F. for service in India. She will be stationed at the Base Hospital at Bombay, and sails with 40 other staff-sisters for that port. Miss Freitag, who has her R.V.T.N.A. certificate, is a most popular and efficient nurse, well known in the Sale district, and in many circles in the metropolis in both of which places she has endeared herself to all her friends by her true womanly qualities and generous and kindly nature. She will bring those qualities to bear, together with a noble zeal, in ministering to the sick and wounded soldiers who have fought for us in Mesopotamia and who are brought to Bombay for treatment. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 1 Nov 1919 (p13): MARRIAGES MORRISON – FREITAG – On the 28th March, 1919, at the Holy Name Church, Bombay, by Reverend Father Schrader, S.J., James Morrison, Lieutenant, 1st Scottish Rifles, son of James Morrison, Esq., “Alton”, Grant’s Home, Berwickshire, Scotland, to Mary Margaret Freitag, daughter of Mrs Freitag, “Edwardville”, Stratford. Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 2 Aug 1920 (p.3): Stratford Welcome Home http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/65336449 The Argus, Sat 9 Dec 1922: BIRTHS MORRISON (nee Mary Freitag) – On the 16th October, at Edinburgh, Scotland, to Mr and Mrs J. Morrison, of “Alton”, Grant’s House, Berwickshire – a son. The Argus, Sat 13 May 1939: FUNERAL NOTICES MORRISON – The Friends of Mr JAMES MORRISON are respectfully informed that the remains of his beloved wife, Mary Margaret, will be interred in the Sale Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, THIS DAY (Saturday, May 13, 1939), at 2.15 pm. Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 15 May 1939 (p.1): PERSONAL The many friends of Mr J. Morrison, of Stratford Road, sympathise with him in the death of his wife, which sad event occurred at St Helen’s private hospital on Friday night. From the time she was taken ill little hope was held out for her recovery. The late Mrs Morrison, who before her marriage was Miss Mary Margaret Freitag, of Stratford, was a returned nurse, having served with the A.I.F. in Mesapotamia. She possessed a very amiable disposition and was very popular with all with whom she came in contact. She leaves a family of two sons. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon and despite the short notice, was very largely attended: the “Diggers” being well represented. The casket was covered with wreaths and poppies. The last rites were conducted by the Rev Father Moriarty: the funeral arrangements being directed by L. Jensen & Co. Gippsland Times (Vic), Mon 15 May 1939 (p.1): DEATH NOTICES MORRISON – On May 12, at St Helen’s Private Hospital, Sale, Mary Margaret, beloved wife of James Morrison, “Woodburn,” Stratford Road, Sale, and loving mother of Ronald and John. R.I.P. The Argus, Tue 16 May 1939: COUNTRY NEWS GIPPSLAND WOMAN’S DEATH SALE – Mrs Mary Margaret Morrison, wife of Mr James Morrison, of Woodburn, Stratford road, has died. She was well known throughout the district.