• Julia Mary Hart

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Sister

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
  • British War Medal
  • Royal Red Cross (1st Class) (RRC)
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    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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    Bluff Downs, Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia

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    • HART, Julia Mary – Head Sister, AANS – RRC, MID
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 17 January 2017

    Born on the 2nd July 1885 at Charters Towers, Qld – daughter of Patrick HART and Catherine O’HALLORAN Catherine’s address in 1915: 75 Dugan St, Kalgoorlie, WA Catherine died 1/1/1927 in Subiaco, aged 72 Patrick was at the Exchange Hotel, Townsville, Qld in 1919 Patrick died 17/5/1938 Perth, age 88 Siblings: Mary Catherine [aka Katherine Harte] b.16/2/1878 Qld – WW1: AANS – d.1/2/1959 WA; Mary b.1882; Bridget (Delia) b.1883 – d.17/3/1952 WA; Patrick Francis b.1887 Qld (Engineer) – marr Mona Edith GARRETT– d.17/5/1968 NSW Religion: Roman Catholic Trained in nursing at Brisbane General Hospital WW1: NOK Patrick Joseph HART – C/- Mrs Hart, Henrietta St, Waverley, Sydney Description: 5ft 7in, brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion Joined the AANS 21/9/1914 as a Sister and embarked at Brisbane 24/9/1914 on HMAT A5 Omrah for England – being diverted to Egypt en route Returned to duty with the 1st Australian General Hospital (1st AGH) from Suez Government Hospital 16/10/1915 Returned from Alex Rest Home 26/10/15 Duty on Nursing Staff HT Wandilla from Suez to Australia 13/12/15 Disembarked at Alexandria 25/4/1916, having traveled on Ulysses from Fremantle Temporarily attached 15 General Hospital, Alexandra 11/7/16 Lent to Imperial Matron in Chief for duty on HS Letitia 29/7/16 Taken on strength of the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (2nd AAH), Southall 2/9/16 Marched in to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital for duty 8/10/16 Detached from attached duty at 3rd AAH, Dartford to AIF HQ, France 1/3/1917 – TOS of 1st AGH from 1st CCS 3/3/17 Detached from 1st AGH and attached to No. 38 Stationary Hospital, France 12/7/17 Sister to be Head Sister and posted to No. 38 Staty Hosp 13/7/17 Furlough 14/9/17 – 29/9/17 Reported for duty Genoa, Italy 19/11/17 Mentioned in Despatches (MID – gazetted 30/5/18) To UK on leave 11/8/1918 – rejoined 38th Staty Hosp, Italy 16/9/18 To Hospital (influenza) 5/11/18 – discharged 16/11/18 On leave to Rome 19/12/18 – 24/12/18 Awarded Royal Red Cross, First Class (RRC) 1/1/1919 Transferred to UK for duty 16/1/19 – disembarked Southampton 22/1/19 – Reported to Australian HQ, London Attached to 3 AAH Dartford for duty 23/1/19 Returned to Australia on the Nevasa 5/3/1919 – 25/4/1919 Discharged 30/6/1919 1919 (Electoral Roll): Nurse, 17th AGH, Enoggera, Qld 1926: Matron, Rosemount Repatriation General Hospital, Qld – she left Rosemount in October 1936, after 10 years of service, to take up position of Matron at Prince Of Wales Hospital, Randwick in November Awarded the King’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1935 – Matron, Repatriation Hospital, Qld Matron of Randwick Military Hospital, NSW 1936, 1940 1937, 1943 (Electoral Rolls): Nurse, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW 1949 (Electoral Roll): Nurse, 139 Arden St, Coogee, NSW (with Mona Edith, Francis Patrick – Engineer, Henry Ellard - Student) Died on the 4th of June 1969, age 83, late of Coogee, formerly of Brisbane and Perth Buried Waverley Cemetery, NSW The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 18 Jan 1916 (p.9): WAR STORIES “HOTTEST PLACE ON EARTH” “Where we were at Heliopolis is, I think, the hottest place on earth,” remarked Sister Hart, who acted as matron on board the ship on its way out. Sister Hart comes from Queensland, and has had long experience among the boys from the front. She went in the first boat from Australia which left for Egypt, and has seen the Australian soldier in barracks and in hospitals, and knows him thoroughly. Coming from the north, Sister Hart knows what heat is, and she says definitely that the hottest part of Queensland is not in it when comparisons come to be made in the matter of temperatures with the country round Heliopolis. “You do not know what a breeze is there,” she said. “At night we used to open up all the doors and windows in the hope of getting a draught of air, but it never came. I afterwards went to the hospital at Suez, and things were more tolerable there, for at least we did get a breeze. “Our boys are great. They flinch at nothing, and the nurses can do anything with them, and they will do anything to help us. We had a great voyage out. The men soon picked up, and before we were a few days out on our way to Australia all on board were as merry as possible. We had a few cases of paralysis on board, and even these men were soon up and about. “Our hospitals are now in fine shape, and everything is going along well with them. I am due for a little leave, but I want to get back – I don’t care where as long as I can do a little good.” [Also on this page: Sister Hart, of Brisbane, was matron in charge of the vessel, and associated with her were staff nurses Bell and Carlyle.] Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Wed 19 Jan 1916 (p.5&6): Returned Soldiers – WELCOME IN SYDNEY QUEENSLAND NURSE INTERVIEWED Sydney, January 17 A transport with sick and wounded arrived this morning. The men received a hearty welcome. The Queenslanders were taken to the Soldiers’ Club in George-street. They will proceed to Brisbane by train this afternoon. The men are in excellent health. Only three were too weak to walk, and had to be carried down the gangway on stretchers. Of the 43 Queenslanders 18 are sufferers from enteric. Sister Hart, of Brisbane, who has returned, spent many months in the first Australian Hospital at Heliopolis. She said that the staff there were doing remarkably good work, and were a very happy party. Many hundreds of patients had passed through the institution, but the Australians were the finest of all. They were wonderful, she said, and knocked spots off English and other patients. Sister Hart said that the voyage had been like a yachting trip. The patients had made a splendid recovery, and were a fine lot of men. Although general leave was granted at Colombo, there was not one case of drunkenness, nor were any of the patients late in returning to the vessel. “I have no hesitation in saying,” she concluded, “that they are the best lot of men I have seen.” The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld), Fri 11 Nov 1932 (p.16) MEMORIES OF ARMISTICE DAY Where Queensland War Nurses Heard News http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/179536186 The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld), Sat 8 Dec 1934 (p.13): ROYAL VISIT TO ROSEMOUNT [photo] http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/179667459 The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld), Thur 22 Oct 1936 (p.11): Matron Hart Farewelled at Rosemount “Digger” patients gathered in the main recreation hall at the Rosemount Hospital to-day to say “au revoir” and wish good luck to Matron J.M. Hart on the eve of her departure for Sydney. Mr V. Trundle, one of the best known patients, presided and on behalf of his fellow returned soldiers, presented Miss Hart with a travelling rug and a well fitted leather suitcase. Matron Hart left Australia as a nursing sister with the 9th Battalion, and saw considerable active service in all theatres of the war. She was decorated with the Royal Red Cross, was mentioned in despatches, and last year received the King’s Jubilee Medal. After the armistice Miss Hart (who had previously been a nurse at the Brisbane Hospital) did not return to civil life, but continued with the Repatriation Department, and served in various Queensland Hospitals established for the care and treatment of returned disabled soldiers. She has been at Rosemount for more than 10 years and is now leaving to become matron of the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick, Sydney. In her new post she will have a staff of 50 or more nurses, and the hospital will accommodate 500 patients. At the conclusion of the Rosemount Hospital presentation this morning Matron Hart visited the studio of 4BC, and said goodbye “over the air” to Queensland Diggers in country centres. The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sat 7 Dec 1940 (p.23): [photo] Sisters of the last war still nursing soldiers http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/47254424 SMH, Fri Jun 6, 1969 (p.28): DEATHS HART, Julia Mary, R.R.C., late of 139 Arden Street, Coogee, formerly of Brisbane and Perth, loved sister of Catherine, Mary, Delia and Francis (all deceased), fond sister-in-law of Mona, fond aunt of Henry, Francis, John, Barry and Robert. In her 84th year. Requiescat in pace. SMH, Sat Jun 7, 1969 (p.103) FUNERALS HART – The Relatives and Friends of the late JULIA MARY HART (Matron of Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, retired), late of 139 Arden Street, Coogee, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, are invited to attend Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul, to be celebrated at St Brigid’s Church, Brook Street, Coogee, at 9 am (Monday next). The Funeral will leave the church after prayers following Mass, for the Waverley Cemetery. Notes: Julia’s birth was registered in 1886 under Harte Julia was a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding 1914: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/72285846 The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld), Wed 18 May 1938 (p.2): PERSONAL Advice has been received by Mr E. Sheldrick of the death in Perth yesterday of Mr Patrick Hart, a very old Charters Towers identity and well known as a railway engine driver. He was just on 88 years of age. [Died 17/5/1938, age 88 – Ashes scattered over grave at Karrakatta Cemetery (RC, HC, Grave 0334)] Buried in RC, HC, 0334 was Catherine Hart – d.1/1/1927, age 72 [They appear to have been separated for quite some time] Their daughter Catherine in same grave 1959 Western Mail (Perth, WA), Thur 13 Jan 1927 (p.2): DEATHS HART – On January 1, 1927, at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Catherine, dearly beloved mother of Katie, Mary, Delia (Mount Hawthorn), Julia (Brisbane), Frank (Sydney); aged 72 years.