• Ada Irene Harvey

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    • HARVEY, Ada Irene - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 4 February 2016

    Born on the 10th May 1890 at Waterloo, NSW – daughter of Jabez James HARVEY and Mary Elizabeth ANDERSON – who married at Petersham in 1886 Following a long illness, Mary died in November 1939, age 73 Jabez died in 1950 at Parramatta Siblings: Janet L b.1886 – marr W.R. FISHBURN 1908; Margaret M b.1888; Ellen H b.1897; Sophia L b.1900 – marr Les H. HOLT 1931; Archibald (Jim) b.1902; Clarice B b.1909 Religion: Church of England Educated first at the Superior Public School in Erskineville, Irene was awarded a scholarship to the Girl’s Public High School in Sydney for 1904 – and won a special prize for English in 1905 Trained in nursing at the Maitland Hospital, NSW – resigning her position in August 1915 not long after gaining her certificate WW1: Embarked in Melbourne 12/6/1917 on the Mooltan – disembarking Suez 19/7/1917 Embarked on Huntsgreen 8/8/17 at Alexandria – disembarked Salonika 13/8/17 and joined the 60th General Hospital Embarked Salonika 6/12/17 – disembarked Alexandria 16/12/17 and attached to the 14th AGH, Abassia Admitted to hospital 31/7/17 with a mild case of Pleurisy Temporarily detached to AIF HQ Abbassia 2/2/18 Resigned due to marriage 6/2/18 Cairo Married Rev (Dr) Ernest Denny Logie DANSON, (Chaplain, Malay States Vol Rifles), on the 6th of February 1918 at St Mary's Church of England, Old Cairo, Egypt Theirs had been a ship-board romance – he had also been on board the Mooltan, and they were engaged by the October of 1917 Irene visited her home in 1919 The couple had no children Residents of Bishops House, Kirching, Sarawak, via Singapore 1921 Irene and Logie departed London on the SS City of York 15/11/1922, returning to Sarawak via Singapore They paid a short visit to Australia in 1925 “When the bishop is at home he resides at Kuching, which city, although now only possessing 46 miles of graveled roads in the vicinity – the rest are jungle tracks – boasts of a wireless set, electrice light, a new water supply, and many other innovations of civilization.” Again in London in 1927, they embarked on the Kashima Mara 31/12/1927, disembarking Singapore Departing London 12/3/1931 on the Gleniffer, the couple returned to Borneo via Singapore 1932 they were at The Abbey in Carlisle (apparently until 1938) Resident of Lansdowne Cres, Edinburgh, Scotland 1939, 1942 Sunnybrae, Walkerburn, Peebleshire, Scotland 1946, 1947 Following her husband’s death in 1946, Irene departed the UK 27/9/1947 on the RMS Orion and returned to Australia to live Living 44 Chandos Street, Ashfield, NSW 1949; 22A Hunter Street, Parramatta 1954 and at her death in 1965 Died on the 2nd September 1965 at Parramatta, NSW, age 75 Privately cremated at Rookwood on September 3, 1965 Ernest Denny Logie DANSON – born 14/6/1880 Arbroath, Scotland – son of James M. (Rector of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen Holburn, 1901) & Frances H – died 9/12/1946 University of Aberdeen – Roll of service in the great war, 1914-1919: DANSON, RT. REV. ERNEST LOGIE, M.A., Son of James M.D.; b. Arbroath, 14 June 1880. M.A. (11 Ment.), 1902. 2nd in command, Negri Sembilan Civil Guard, F.M.S., 1915. Joined Malay States Vol. Rifles, Jan 1916. Served 2 years. Final rank. Chaplain, Hon. Capt. The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Thur 19 Aug 1915 (p.6): MAITLAND HOSPITAL COMMITTEE MEETING ………………………………….. Resignation – Nurse Harvey tendered her resignation, and asked to be relieved of duties as soon as possible. The president explained that Nurse Harvey had recently obtained her certificate. It was decided to accept the resignation, and that the usual letter from the committee be handed to Nurse Harvey. Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW), Wed 6 Jun 1917 (p.3): MAITLAND NURSES FOR THE FRONT MAITLAND, Tuesday Sister Harvey, who received her training at the Maitland Hospital, and will be shortly sailing for the front, has been the guest of Matron Condon, of the local hospital during her final leave. Included in the batch of army nurses with which Sister Harvey will be leaving are eight who received their training at the Maitland Hospital. The Mirror (Sydney, NSW), Sat 20 Oct 1917 (p.4): THE TALK OF THE TOWN A Mid-ocean Engagement The news that Sister Harvey, one of the nurses who left by the Mooltan on military service, had become engaged to the Rev. Logie Dawson [sic], Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak, caused, I hear, quite a sensation on board. Sister Harvey, who was trained in West Maitland, is a very pretty girl, and naturally had many admirers amongst her fellow-travellers. The wedding will take place at Christmas time, and the Sydney nurse will then journey to the Bishop’s palace in Borneo. West Gippsland Gazette (Warragul, Vic), Tue 6 Nov 1917 (p.7): RED CROSS NURSE ON THE WAY TO EUROPE AN AUSTRALIAN’S DESCRIPTION OF THE VOYAGE LETTER FROM SISTER GROVE At the end of last June, a large contingent of Australian Red Cross nurses sailed from Melbourne for India, Egypt, Salonica and France. Among the number was Sister Myra Grove, daughter of Mr and Mrs T.E. Grove, of “Myrilee,” Warragul. In an interesting letter to her parents, Sister Grove gives a good description of Ceylon, and her experiences there. Sister Grove, writing just after the ship left Colombo for Bombay, says: – “We get into Bombay tomorrow …………………….. We have the Bishop of Borneo on board. He took the service last Sunday. It was treat to get the Church of England service instead of a non-descript one. He preached a bonza sermon. …………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/68648649 [Another letter from Sister Grove after their arrival in Egypt, dated 21/7/17: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/68648837 ] Northern Times (Newcastle, NSW), Thur 31 Jan 1918 (p.5): MAITLAND HOSPITAL ANNUAL MEETING OF SUBSCRIBERS ……………………………………………………………………………………….. The committee desires to place on record the names of the following nurses who, having been trained in the institution, were accepted for military service: – Sisters …………, Ada Harvey, ………………………… The Times, Tue Feb 12, 1918: MARRIAGES DANSON : HARVEY – On the 6th Feb, in Cairo, by the Right Reverend the Bishop in Jerusalem, the RIGHT REVEREND ERNEST LOGIE DANSON, Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak, to ADA IRENE HARVEY, of Murrurundi, New South Wales. Spectator and Methodist Chronicle (Melb, Vic), Wed 12 Jun 1918 (p.582): General It is not often that a bishop is married by a bishop. Such an event occurred in Cairo recently, when Miss Ada Irene Harvey, of Murrurundi, NSW, gave her hand to Dr Danson, Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak, the ceremony being performed by the Bishop in Jerusalem (Dr Macinnes). Dr Danson, who became bishop last year, has a diocese extending over eighty thousand square miles, with about a million inhabitants. The Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW), Sat 4 Oct 1919 (p.3): NURSES HONOURED BY OAKHAMPTON NURSES FUND On Saturday afternoon the committee of the Oakhampton Nurses Comforts Fund entertained a number of nurses, mostly trainees of the Maitland Hospital, at the residence of Mrs J.Y. Rutter, Oakhampton. There was a large and happy gathering. The sisters present were: Mrs Dawson [sic] (nee Harvey), ……………………….. Major-Chaplain McCook said he was delighted to be amongst the nurses that afternoon and amongst those who were honouring them. He was also pleased to again meet Mrs Dawson, and he made a few congratulatory remarks in connection with her husband’s appointment as Bishop of Borneo. He wished her every success in her new sphere of duties. …………………………………. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/128055970 The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 12 Sept 1925: The Bishop of Labuan and of Sarawak (Dr Danson), who is on a short visit to Australia, came to Sydney last week. ………. The Advertiser (Adelaide), Fri 13 Dec 1946: Bishop of Edinburgh Dies The death has occurred of the Most Rev E.D.L. Danson, formerly Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Episcopal Church in Scotland. He was born in 1880 and was a chaplain in the First World War. From 1917 to 1931, he was Bisopy of Labuan and Sarawak. He was appointed to Edinburgh Cathedral in 1938 and became Primus in 1943. The Times, Thur Dec 12, 1946: DEATHS DANSON – On Dec 9, 1946 at Sunnybrae, Walkerburn, Peeblesshire, LOGIE DANSON, late Primus and Bishop of Edinburgh, formerly Bishop of Labauan and Sarawak, beloved husband of Irene. Requiem at St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, tomorrow (Friday), at 8 am. Funeral service at 2 pm. Cremation private. No flowers, letters, or mourning. The Times, Thur Dec 12, 1946: Obituary DR LOGIE DANSON SERVICE TO THE CHURCH IN SCOTLAND Dr Ernest Denny Logie Danson, formerly Bishop of Edinburgh, and Primus of the Episcopal Church in Scotland, died on Monday at Walkerburn, Peebleshire. He was born in Aberdeen in 1880, son of the Very Rev. J.M. Danson, D.D., Dean of Aberdeen and Orkney. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and at Trinity College, Glenalmond, a school which has always had a close association with the Episcopal Church in Scotland. Returning to Aberdeen, he graduated there in 1902 with honours in Mental Philosophy, and then went to Edinburgh Theological College in 1904. The next year he took a first class in his theological examinations, and in 1906 was ordained deacon and in 1907 priest. For five years, from 1906 till 1911, he was curate of the Cathedral Church of Dundee. In 1911 he decided to work oversea as a missionary and he went out to Singapore, where he was curate at the Cathedral Church in 1911 and 1912. In 1913 and 1914 he was assistant chaplain in Java and from 1914 to 1917 he was chaplain at Negri Sembilan in the Federated Malay States. In 1917 he was consecrated Bishop of Labaun and Sarawak, and remained there until 1931, when he returned to this country and was appointed assistant bishop of Carlisle and canon of the cathedral. He was at Carlisle until 1938, when he was appointed assistant bishop of Edinburgh and provost of St Mary’s Cathedral. In the same year he declined the office of Bishop of St Andrews, believing that it would be unfair to leave Edinburgh so soon after his appointment. In 1939 he was unanimously elected Bishop of Edinburgh, remaining there until last September, when, because of ill-health, he resigned. Three months earlier he had also resigned from the office of Primus of the Episcopal Church in Scotland, to which he had been appointed in 1943. He married in 1918 Ada Irene Harvey, of Murrurundi, New South Wales. Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sep 8 1965 (p.56): DEATHS DANSON, Ada Irene – September 2, 1965, of 22A Hunter Street, Parramatta, loved wife of the late Right Reverend Ernest Denny Logie Danson, loved daughter o the late Jabez James Harvey and the late Mary Elizabeth Harvey, and loved sister of Clarice, Sophia (Mrs Hold), Ellen (deceased), Jim (deceased), Margaret (deceased) and Janet (Mrs Fishburn, deceased), aged 75 years. Privately cremated Rookwood, September 3, 1965. Edinburgh and Kuching papers please copy.