• Mary Elizabeth Pennefather

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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  • Birth

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • PENNEFATHER, Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) – Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 30 April 2016

    Born c1889 in either Melbourne or Tocumwal – daughter of Kingsmill PENNEFATHER (b.Tipperary) and Harriet Theresa McTilly HOBBS – who married at her father’s residence Tea Tree Creek Station, Vic on the 16/6/1871 Kingsmill was a Stock Inspector at Tocumwal, NSW from at least 1878, but many of the children were born at Theresa’s parent’s home in Vic In 1891 Kingsmill was listed as the Inspector of stock and H.M. Customs at Tocumwal Teresa died in 1895 at Scoresby, Vic, age 42 Kingsmill died suddenly at his home in Surrey Hills, Vic on the 14/4/1905, age 76 [Note: Mollie gives both Melb and Tocumwal as birth places on Attestation papers – no birth reg found either Vic or NSW – same applies to some of her siblings] Siblings: Caroline Theresa b.1871 Maidstone – marr David H. McILWRAITH 21/7/1891 Tocumwal; Richard William b.1872; Percy George b.1873 Wodonga; Pauline Maude b.c1875 – marr McGUIGAN – d.1951, age 76; Edward John b.1876 – d.1940 Kew; Alfred James b&d.May 1878 Flemington (4D); Harriet Cecelia b.20/5/1879 Kororoit Creek, Braybrook – marr W.S. SAUL 1916; Nellie b.28/9/1880 Kew – marr J.S. COLEMAN 1905; Kingsmill Hobbs b.c1882 Tocumwal – Boer War - d.1963, age 81 *Victor Bolton b.c1884 Tocumwal – Police Constable – WW1: 940 / Lieut, N&MEF, Rabaul; *Harold Septimus b.c1886 Tocumwal – WW1: Gnr 6564, 4th FAB – d.1933, age 47; *Stanley Edward b.c1890 Tocumwal – WW1: T/Bdr 165, 36th Heavy Arty Grp, POW – discharged UK Cousins: *Caroline Frances (Carine) PENNEFATHER – WW1: War Worker (London) – Entertainment / Anzac Buffet *Charles Francis b.1873 – Boer War – WW1: 3rd LH – d.19/7/1932 RGH, Hobart Nephew: John Kingsmill McILWRAITH b.c1893 Canterbury, Vic – WW1: Dvr / Mech 14818, 1st MT Coy Religion: Church of England Trained in nursing at the Launceston General Hospital for 4 years Member of the ATNA On enlistment, both parents being dead, Mollie and her brothers, gave their eldest sister Caroline (Mrs McIlwraith) as next of kin Mollie was a bridesmaid at her sister Harriet’s wedding in June 1916 WW1: Mollie joined the AANS on the 30/5/ 1915, serving at No.5 AGH for 14 months Joined the HS Kanowna 6/7/1916 – served 4 months – struck off strength 7/11/1916 Re-embarked 6/12/1916 on Orsova – disembarking Plymouth 19/2/1917 Proceeded O/S to France 28/2/17 Posted to 24th Gen Hosp, Rouen 2/3/17 To hosp sick 9/4/17 – 25/4/17 (throat complaint) Posted to 25th GH 18/7/17 To England on 14 days leave 19/9/17 – 3/10/17 Posted to 20th CCS 23/11/17 – 25th GH 16/12/17 To hosp sick 28/4/18 – 7/5/18 (influenza) Promoted Sister 1/10/1918 To England for duty 19/12/18 Resigned on account of marriage 26/12/18 Married William James Broacher ROOPE (Lieut, Chinese Labour Corps) on the 26th December 1918 at St Margaret’s, Westminster, London In March 1919 William was a witness at the wedding of Beryl Corney (who had been doing war work in England with Carine Pennefather) and Ernest J Wilkinson (Sgt 7657, AIF) Mollie returned to Australia on the Derbyshire in 1919 before heading to China Child: Geoffrey Mervyn b.29/3/1921 Shameen, Canton, China – WW2, RAN 1943-47, HMAS Londsale (NOK: Joan) – d.2011 Mr & Mrs W.J.B. Roope & son returned to Sydney by the Tanda (from Yokohama), arriving 21/9/1931 for a visit Mollie returned to Shanghai on the Nankin in August 1932 Resident of 101 Burke Rd, Deepdene, Vic in 1932; Canterbury, Vic 1940’s 54 Toorak Rd, Sth Yarra 1943 (on her own) [William, born c1891, an Accountant – died in China] 88 Berry St, Nth Sydney 1949, 1954 [with Geoffrey Mervyn (Engineer) & Joan] Visited the UK in 1951 5 Rawson St, Ben Boyd, NSW 1963 Died on the 7th of November 1979 in Sydney – late of Neutral Bay, NSW The Argus, Sat 1 Mar 1919 (p.11): MARRIAGES ROOPE – PENNEFATHER. On the 26th December, 1918, at St Margaret’s, Westminster, London, Lieutenant W.J.B. Roope, only son of the late Henry Roope and Mrs Roope, formerly of Shanghai, China, to Sister M.E. (Mollie) Pennefather, youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Kingsmill Pennefather, of Tocumwal, NSW. The Argus, Sat 16 Apr 1921: ROOPE (nee Pennefather) – On the 29th March, 1921, at Shameen, Canton, China, the wife of W.J.B. Roope – a son. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Sat 19 Sept 1931 (p.4): TRAVELLING PERSONALITIES Passengers arriving in Australia by the steamer Tanda, due at Sydney on September 21, from Eastern ports, include: For Sydney Mr and Mrs W.J.B. Roope and son, of Shanghai, on a visit to Australia. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW), Fri 12 Aug 1932 (p.4): TRAVELLING PERSONALITIES List of prominent passengers leaving Sydney by the steamer Nankin, sailing tomorrow for Eastern ports: Mrs W. Roope, of Kew, Melbourne, is proceeding to Shanghai. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 14 Jun 1945 (p.8): ENGAGEMENTS LAMB – ROOPE – Joan, younger daughter of the late Mr J.W. Lamb and Mrs Lamb, of North Sydney, to Geoffrey Mervyn (R.A.N.V.R.), only son of the late Mr J.B. Roope, of Shanghai, and Mrs M. Roope, of South Yarra.