• Maggie Valetta Riddock

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Albany, WA, Australia

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    • RIDDOCH, Maggie Valetta – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 5 June 2016

    Born on the 5th of March 1887 on the R.M.S. Valetta at sea (near Albany, WA) – daughter of Joseph RIDDOCH & Mary (nee MacKAY), who were returning home from a visit to Scotland at the time The couple had married on the 11/8/1876 at Penola, SA – and moved to the Nareen district in Victoria towards the end of 1887 Mary died suddenly on the 11/5/1906 at Tarrayoukyan, (near Nareen) of heart disease, and Joseph re-married Eustasia Matilda Dolores de ARROYAVE in 1912 Vic – Joseph died 24/2/1930 Coleraine, Vic, age 82 Siblings: Male b.13/8/1876 Naracoorte, SA – died 1 day old; George b.24/8/1877 Penola, SA; Annie Isabella b.28/7/1879 Burnside Hynam, SA – marr Wm Mathews PENROSE 1914 Vic; James b.26/10/1881 Hynam, SA – WW1: L/Cpl 585 (MID), 39th Bn – d.22/6/1947; Male b.4/12/1883 Hynam Nth – died 7 days old, SA; Barbara b.11/1/1885 Hynam Nth, SA Religion: Presbyterian Educated at Newtown Ladies’ College Trained in nursing at the Hamilton Public Hospital for 3 years, passing her final exam for the RVTNA at the end of 1915 1914 Electoral Roll: Hospital, Hamilton – nurse WW1: Embarked 12/6/1917 on RMS Mooltan for Salonika – disembarked 19/7/17 Suez – re-embarked for Salonika 25/7/17 on the Gorgon – disembarked Salonika 30/7/17 Joined 66th General Hospital same day – transferred to 52nd Gen Hosp 3/11/17 To Convalescent Camp with debility 11/5/18 – 26/5/18 – and again with Sandfly Fever 8/7/18 – 22/7/18 Embarked for Marseilles on Carisbrook Castle 24/1/19 (en-route to UK) Attached for duty to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH) Dartford, England 5/2/19 Resigned 3/3/1919 in consequence of marriage Married (Dr) Dermid MAXWELL ROSS (Major, R.A.M.C., of Scotland) on the 3rd of March 1919 in Edinburgh, Scotland Settled in Scotland 1919 – Murray House, Perth, Scotland – where her brother James visited her before returning to Australia Child: *Effie b. 2/1/1920 Murray House, Perth, Scotland – (Doctor) – marr John DE RAVIN 4/9/1943 at Melb Grammar School Chapel – died 16/1/2008 Melbourne, age 88 Dermid died 25/12/1920 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland [Born c1888 Edinburgh, Scotland – son of James & Effie, he had qualified at Edinburgh University in 1909 – 1915 address: Royal Asylum, Morningside, Edinburgh. At his death he was the Physician Superintendant of the James Murray Royal Asylum, Perth, Scotland] Valetta and Effie departed the UK on the 29/8/1925, returning to Australia on the Nestor 2. She married Robert Samuel POYNTER (Dentist) on the 24th of November 1926 at the Holy Trinity Church, Coleraine [Robert born 1875 Collingwood – son of Robert & Annie Laura (nee Chambers) Married 1. Ivy Maud Sarah CROTHERS 1905 – she died in Mar 1923 Their Children: Enid; Robert; Edward Gilbert] Children: *Margaret Anne b.25/7/1927 at Khandala Private Hospital, Coleraine – eng to Lyle DAVEY 1948 *John Riddoch b.13/11/1929 Coleraine – Vic Rhodes Scholar 1951 – Dean of Trinity College, Melb Uni – marr Rosslyn M ROWELL 7/12/1954 – received an Order of Australia (A.O.) 26/1/1989 for service to education http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/517543?c=people They resided at ‘Maylands’ Coleraine until Robert’s death Robert died 16/2/1948 at Coleraine, age 72 Valetta living Dillon Gve, Glen Iris 1949 & High St, Malvern 1949, 1954 She died on the 14th June 1956 at Glen Iris, age 69 Cremated Springvale Crematorium 16/6/1956 and interred in Boronia Wall C The Narracoorte Herald (SA), Fri 14 Oct 1887 (p.2): MOVING – Mr Joseph Riddoch, of Penola, who is one of the oldest residents of that place, has, we learn, just concluded the purchase of an estate of about 1,500 acres at Nareen, near Coleraine, Victoria, and purposes leaving for there with his family in the course of a week or two. The price given was about £3 a acre. – Border Watch. Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Sat 19 May 1906 (p.2): SUDDEN DEATH – Mrs Riddoch, wife of Mr Joseph Riddoch, of Nareen, Victoria, died very suddenly on Friday last from heart disease. Mr Riddoch was about to go to the poll to record his vote in the morning, and while he was temporarily absent for a few minutes, prior to starting for the polling booth, Mrs Riddoch expired from heart disease. The deceased was a sister of Mr Donald MacKay, of Penola. Much sympathy is expressed for Mr Riddoch and family in the sad bereavement they have sustained. – Casterton News. Hamilton Spectator (Vic), Wed 10 Sept 1913 (p.3): HAMILTON HOSPITAL & BENEVOLENT ASYLUM ……………………………………………………. The matron reported that Miss Riddoch had passed her probation, and received her as a trainee, which was adopted; ……………………………… Coleraine Albion and Western Advertiser (Vic), Mon 18 Jun 1917 (p.3): PERSONAL ITEMS Among a recent contingent of departing nurses was Nurse Riddoch, of Coleraine. Coleraine Albion and Western Advertiser (Vic), Thur 9 Aug 1917 (p.2): AMONG THE AUSTRALIANS Nurse Riddoch, daughter of Mr Joseph Riddoch, of Coleraine, has arrived at Salonika, in good health. The Argus, Sat 17 Jan 1920 (p.13): MAXWELL ROSS (nee Valetta Riddock) – On the 2nd January, Murray House, Perth, Scotland, the wife of Dr Maxwell Ross (Major Ross, Salonica) – a daughter. Both well. (By Cable) The Argus, Fri 7 Jan 1921 (p.1): DEATHS MAXWELL-ROSS – On the 25th December, 1920, in Scotland, Major Dermid Maxwell-Ross, late R.A.M.C., the dearly beloved husband of Valetta (nee Riddoch), age 33 years. (By cable) Journal of Mental Science 1921 The Royal College of Psychiatrists SCOTTISH DIVISION ………………………………………………………….. The Chairman also fittingly referred to the sad and premature death of Dr Maxwell Ross, Physician-Superintendant of James Murray’s Royal Asylum. It was unanimously resolved that it be recorded in the Minutes that the Members of the Scottish Division of the Medico-Psychological Association desire to express their deep sense of loss sustained by the death of Dr Maxwell Ross, and their sympathy with the members of his family in their bereavement, and the Secretary was instructed to transmit an excerpt of the Minute to Mrs Ross. The Register (Adelaide), Sat 5 Dec 1925 (p.17): SOUTH-EASTERN BORDER, December 1 – A hearty welcome home was accorded Mrs Ross, at Nareen, in the Casterton district. Mrs Ross was well known in the district by her former name, Miss Valetta Riddoch; Nine years ago Nurse Riddoch went abroad on duty in the Red Cross section of the army in the Great War, subsequently meeting Dr Ross, whom she married. After the war Dr and Mrs Ross settled in Scotland, and on the return visit to her native land was enthusiastically received. Major McDonald occupied the chair, and presented the guest with a medal similar to those which were given to other active service members. Mrs Ross, on behalf of her young daughter and herself, thanked the people for the welcome they had accorded her. A musical programme, supper, and dance followed. Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 28 Oct 1926 (p.59): Approaching Marriages The marriage has been arranged, and will take place next month, of Mrs Valetta Maxwell Ross, widow of the late Dr Dermid Maxwell Ross, of Perth, Scotland, and third daughter of Mr Joseph Riddoch, “Burnside,” Nareen, to Mr Robert S. Poynter, “Maylands,” Coleraine. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Fri 28 Jan 1927 (p.1): MARRIAGES POYNTER – MAXWELL ROSS – On the 24th November, 1926, at Holy Trinity Church, Coleraine, by they Rev. H.P. Lomas, Robert S. Poynter, Coleraine, to Valetta, widow of the late Dr D. Maxwell Ross, and youngest daughter of J. Riddoch, Nareen. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 30 Jul 1927 (p.13): BIRTHS POYNTER – On the 25th July, at Khandala private hospital, Coleraine, the wife of Robt. S. Poynter – a daughter (premature). The South Eastern Times (Millicent, SA), Tue 4 Mar 1930 (p.3): CONCERNING PEOPLE Mr Joseph Riddoch died at his residence…….. Mr Riddoch followed the trade of a carpenter in Adelaide, and proved to be an efficient tradesman. After going to the South Eastern portion of South Australia, Mr Riddoch married and took up land some 30 miles from Naracoorte, at a place known as Burnside. After residing there for some years he took his family to Scotland for a trip, and on his return took up land in the Nareen district, and this had been in his possession ever since. ……………………………. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/201000115 The Advertiser (Adelaide), Tue 11 Mar 1930 (p.53): OBITUARY The death of Mr Joseph Riddoch, which took place at his residence, “Esperanza”, Coleraine, Victoria, on February 24, has removed another member from the fast diminishing ranks of southern pioneering families, who have done much for the settlement of the South-East. Mr Riddoch was born in Scotland 82 years ago, and at the age of 18 years came out to join an elder brother. For a short period Mr Riddoch was associated with the building trade in Adelaide, but later came to the South-East in search of land. He eventually acquired Burnside Station, in the Narracoorte district, and resided there for many years. His first wife was Miss Mary Mackay. She predeceased him by 24 years. Some years later he married Miss de Arroyave, of Coleraine, who survives him. In addition to the widow, he is survived by a family of five, viz., Messrs George Riddoch (Burnside), and James Riddoch (Myora), and Mrs W. Penrose (Pendale), Mrs R. Poynter (Coleraine), and Miss Barbara Riddoch (Coleraine). The Argus, Tue 7 Sep 1943 (p.6): WEDDINGS DERAVIN – ROSS The marriage was celebrated at Melbourne Grammar School Chapel on Saturday of Lieut John Deravin, AIF, only son of Mr and Mrs Stanely Deravin, Toorak, and Dr Effie Maxwell Ross, daughter of Mrs Poynter, Coleraine, and the late Dr Maxwell Ross, of Scotland. Rev F.L. Cuttriss officiated. Miss Anne Poynter attended the bride and Lieut W.F. Bullock was best man. The Argus, Fri 20 Feb 1948 (p.2): DEATHS POYNTER – On February 16 (suddenly), at Coleraine, Robert Samuel, loving husband of Valetta and loved father of Enid, Robert, Gilbert, Anne, and John, aged 72 years. The Argus, Thur 26 Feb 1948 (p.9): Law Notices ROBERT SAMUEL POYNTER, late of Coleraine, Dentist, Deceased – After 14 clear days Maggie Valetta Poynter, of Coleraine, widow …………. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 7 Oct 1948 (p.10): ENGAGEMENTS POYNTER – DAVEY – Margaret Anne, daughter of Mrs Poynter and the late Mr R.S. Poynter, of Coleraine to Lyle eldest son of Mr and Mrs G.S. Davey, Chute street, Mordialloc. The Argus, Sat 13 Jun 1953 (p.16): Reunion of 1st World War nurses Forty nurses met yesterday and reminisced about the days when they staffed the British Military Hospital at Salonica during the first World War. Some traveled from Wodonga, Albury, Geelong, and Boronia, to attend the 23rd annual reunion of the Salonican group of the Returned Nurses’ Club at Anzac House. Two hundred nurses – most of whom had just finished their training – sailed from Australia for Cairo, on June 12, 36 years ago. Mooltan was sunk at Bombay four days after the nurses had disembarked at Cairo. The nurses traveled from Cairo to Salonica in the Gorgon while enemy planes and submarines attacked the Mediterranean area. ………………………………………………………………………. Mrs Valetta Poynter met her husband, Dr Maxwell Ross, while nursing at the British hospital in Salonica. They were later married in Edinburgh. Their son John, was Rhodes Scholar in 1950, and will return from England soon to take up the position of Dean of Trinity College. …………………………………………………………… The Pennant (Penola, SA), Thur 23 Dec 1954 (p.9): GENERAL’S DAUGHTER WEDS IN MELBOURNE The marriage of Miss Rosslyn M. Rowell, only child of the chief of the General Staff, Lieut-General Sir Sydney Rowell, and Lady Rowell, of South Yarra, and Mr John Riddoch Poynter, dean of Trinity College, Melbourne University, took place on December 7 at Trinity College chapel, Melbourne. The Bishop of Geelong, Rt Rev J.D. McKay officiated. The bridegroom, who was the Victorian Rhodes scholar for 1950, has a link with the Penola district as he is descended from one of the early families of the district, that of the late James McKay. He is the only son of Mrs Valetta M. Poynter, of Glen Iris. The Age (Melb, Vic), Fri 15 Jun 1956 (p.15): DEATHS POYNTER – On June 14, at Glen Iris, Valetta, widow of Robert Poynter, of Coleraine.