• Ruth Maughan Robson

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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    Mount Whitestone, QLD, Australia

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    • ROBSON, Ruth Maughan – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 5 June 2016

    Born on the 20th February 1889 at Mt Whitestone, Qld – daughter of William Gray ROBSON & Eliza CAMERON – who married in Qld on the 12/1/1880 William, a farmer of Ma Ma Creek, died on the 18/9/1912 at Curraheen Private Hospital, Gatton, Qld, aged 56 Eliza died on the 18/9/1933 at Gatton, Qld, age 76 Siblings: *Edith Gray b.1880; *Grace Louisa b.1881; *Arthur b.1883; *Edgar Robert b.1885; *Francis William b.22/2/1887 – WW1: Pte 2437A, 9th Bn – KIA 22/7/1916 France (AWM photo); *Jane Selina b.16/1/1892 – WW1: AANS – marr Percival George GEE ((late AIF) 27/10/1920 Gatton; *Gertrude b.1894 – Mrs Chalmers Cousins: *Arthur Edwin ROBSON b.3/1/1895 Charters Towers – WW1: Pte 6082, 9th Bn – d.23/1/1942 *Elsie Jane POLLOCK b.1889 Grantham, Qld – WW1: Sister, AANS *Robert Hugh POLLOCK b.28/3/1894 Gatton, Qld – WW1: Pte 2885, 2nd LH Trained in nursing at the Ipswich General Hospital for 4 years, passing her final exam for the ATNA in December 1911 Engaged as a Staff Nurse and then Sister at Cairns District Hospital in 1912 for 11 months, followed by 2 years as Head Nurse of Gatton Private Hospital WW1: Joined the AANS 1/5/1915 and embarked from Sydney 15/5/15 on the RMS Mooltan with reinforcements for the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH) in Egypt Served at the Auxiliary Hospital at Luna Park, Heliopolis Detailed for duty in England 23/9/1915 Served in hospitals in Lancashire, Epsom and Harefield Returned to Australia on transport duty on Ascanius 17/3/1916 Re-embarked on Karoola 19/8/16 with the 14th AGH – arrived Suez 20/9/16 Having been once again detailed for transport duty back to Australia, a hasty marriage was arranged before she embarked Married Lesley Alexander WILKIE (2nd Lieut, 4th LH) on the 20th January 1917 at the C of E Garrison Chapel, 14th AGH, Abbassia, Egypt, by Rev Percy Woods Embarked for duty on the Euripides 22/1/1917 (with Matron M. Graham in charge) – arriving Sydney 21/2/17 Appointment terminated 8/3/17 due to her marriage Children: *Leslie Edgar George b.27/5/1917 Redcliffe, Qld – WW2: POW, d.11/6/1945 of Tuberculosis, Fukuoka Camp, Japan – Yokohama War Cemetery *Colin Elliot – Militia – marr Kathleen LEIGHTON 4/7/1942 Qld *Ruth Margaret Elizabeth – marr John Henry Jackson BOYLE 1948 Mt Larcom, Qld Ruth living at Wilcorney, Gatton, Qld in 1918 Southport School, Qld (1919) Lesley managed the St Helen’s Station, Pittsworth Shire, Qld in 1920 / Homestead, Gerogery, NSW 1930 / Boon Boon, Argoon, Qld 1932 / Brighton Downs Station, Winton, Qld for 6½ years until August 1938 – the family then stayed for a time with Edgar on his farm in the Callide Valley Living Argoon 1940 Lesley died 3/2/1941 at Mt Morgan Hospital, Qld – and Ruth was a resident of Saxby Downs, Maxwelton, Qld in 1943 / Boon Boon, Argoon 1945, 1946 / Tannum Sands, Qld in 1972 Ruth died on the 6th of September 1976 in Qld Lesley Alexander WILKIE Born 3/8/1883 Windsor, Vic (reg. 1884) – son of Daniel & Jane Frances (nee Moody) of Toorak Brother: Gilbert Elliott b.1887 (2035, 8th LH to 12th FAB) Station Manager WW1: Lieut, 4th LH / ICC Enlisted 18/4/1915, attending Officer’s school in Australia, before embarking on A53 Itria 18/4/1916 for Egypt Had leave to Australia 30/1/1918 per HT Tofua Embarked on Ormonde 7/3/18 as a Government Indulgence Officer RTA on Essex from Kantara 15/6/19 Appointment terminated 19/9/1919 Died 3/2/1941 at Mt Morgan Hospital, Qld Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Wed 27 Dec 1911 (p.4): CORRECTION A slight error crept into our report of the proceedings at the Ipswich General Hospital on Christmas Day. Ald. A.J. Stephenson was stated to have congratulated Nurse Robinson upon having passed the final examination of the Australian Trained Nurses’ Association. The successful examinee is Nurse Robson, who is to be complemented on her success. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Fri Mar 1912 (.4): Ipswich Hospital RESIGNATIONS Dr Thornton also read letters from Nurses Flora Kay and Ruth M. Robson, resigning their positions on the staff. Both thanked the doctor and the matron (Miss Pampling) for the many personal kindnesses and valuable assistance given them with their training. …………………………………………………………. Nurse Robson had secured a good position at the Cairns Hospital. Her career also had been a very successful one. ………………………………….. The Brisbane Courier, Tue 18 May 1915 (p.8): GATTON, May 14 The friends of Nurse Robson gathered on the Gatton station yesterday afternoon to wish her good-bye on the eve of her departure for the nursing staff at the Front. The Hon. W.D. Armstrong presented Nurse Robson with a handsome writing case as a memento from her many friends. Dr Dolman responded on behalf of Nurse Robson. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Fri 10 Mar 1916 (p.7): PERSONAL Nurse Robson is still in England, and is at present in the military hospital in Epsom, where she has lately been transferred from Lancashire. Darling Downs Gazette (Qld), Sat 6 May 1916 (p.7): TOOWOOMBA NURSES RETURN FROM ENGLAND WITH CONTINGENT OF INVALIDS YESTERDAY’S WARM WELCOME Two Toowoomba nursing Sisters, Ellen Campbell and Annie Heffernan, and Sister Robson, of Gatton, reached Toowoomba yesterday afternoon by the special train conveying some 56 returning invalid soldiers from the South to Brisbane. …………………………… Sister Robson, who had been nursing at Luna Park, Heliopolis, before she went to England, is the daughter of Mrs W.G. Robson, of Gatton, and received her training at the Ipswich Hospital. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/187313924 Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Sat 6 May 1916 (p.10): RETURNED SOLDIERS A very fair number of residents gathered on the Ipswich railway station platform last evening, to welcome back another batch of about 60 wounded and invalid soldiers. ……………………………………………………………… A hearty welcome was given by her friends to Nurse Ruth Robson, who has been absent for 12 months on hospital work in Egypt and England. Nurse Robson was formerly on the staff of the Ipswich General Hospital, and some of the present staff were there to welcome her. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Tue 22 Aug 1916 (p.7): Ma Ma Creek Letter DEATH OF PTE F.W. ROBSON Universal regret was felt in this district when it became known that Pte F.W. Robson had been killed in action in France. Deceased enlisted almost a year ago, and after being in camp at Enoggera for only a few weeks, left for Egypt as a member of reinforcements of the famous 9th Battalion. From Egypt he went to France, where he was engaged as a bomb thrower, and where as above stated, he gave his life for King and country. Pte Robson, who was barely 30 years of age, at the time of his death, was a man of fine physique. He was the youngest son of Mrs Robson, now of Gatton, but formerly of Mount Whitstone, and of the late Mr W.G. Robson. He was a native of Mount Whitestone, where, with the exception of a few years prior to his death, he spent all his life. His bright cheery disposition made him a favourite with all classes of the community. He was an adherent of the Church of England, and was, for some years, a member of the Parochial Council of St Stephen’s Ma Ma Creek. When news of his death came to Gatton on Monday morning last, his sister, Nurse Ruth Robson, was preparing to return to the front where she had hoped to meet her brother. Much sympathy is felt for all the members of the family in their bereavement. Nurse Robson left for Melbourne on Wednesday. The Brisbane Courier (Qld), Fri 23 Feb 1917 (p.7): WELCOME HOME HELIDON, February 22 The special train conveying the returning invalid soldiers and sisters was met by a large crowd this afternoon. Captain Hawthorn (Brisbane) and Mr B.R. Bird, of the Returned Soldiers’ Association, boarded the train here. The members of the Red Cross Committee provided tea and light refreshments during the short wait at the station. Sister Robson (Gatton) received a hearty welcome from her friends, as also did Corporal Lulham, who is a brother of the wife of the local manager of the Bank of Queensland. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 27 Feb 1917 (p.1): MARRIAGES WILKIE – ROBSON – On the 20th January, at the Garrison Chapel, Abbassia, Cairo, by the Rev Percy Woods, Lesley Alexander, Lieut, 4th A.L.H., son of Mr and Mrs Wilkie, Toorak, Melbourne, to Ruth Maughan (Aust Army Nursing sister), second daughter of the late Mr W.G. and Mrs Robson, Gatton, Queensland. The Queenslander, Sat 31 Mar 1917 (p.16): Wilkie-Robson A military wedding was celebrated at the Church of England Garrison-Chapel, 14th Australian Hospital, Abbassia, near Cairo, Egypt, on January 20, when 2nd Lieutenant Lesley Alexander Wilkie, AIF (Melbourne, Vic), was married to Sister Ruth Maughan Robson (Gatton, Queensland). Sister Robson being under immediate orders to proceed on transport duty to Australia the ceremony was hastily arranged. The bride, who was a popular member of the AIF nursing staff, was given away by Major Stuckey, AIF (New South Wales); and Sisters Crover and Johnson (Queensland) attended as bridesmaids. Captain R.D. Robinson (Roma, Queensland) and Lieutenant W. Stewart (Melbourne) acted as groomsmen. After the ceremony a tea was given at Shepheard’s, Cairo, and subsequently Lieutenant and Mrs Wilkie left for a port, where Mrs Wilkie embarked for Australia. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 14 May 1917 (p.3): Mainly About People Quite a romantic and certainly record military wedding took place recently at Abbassia, near Cairo, when Sec-Lieut Lesley Alexander Wilkie, A.I.F., of Melbourne, was married to Miss Ruth Maughan Robson, of Gatton (Q), on the nursing staff, A.I.F. As Sister Robson was under immediate orders to proceed on transport duty to Australia, there was no time to lose if the wedding was to take place before she left, and after Lieut Wilkie’s unsuccessful efforts to get the usual military permission, a sporting padre came to the rescue, and obtained the necessary permit for the marriage at 11 a.m. on January 20. At 2.30 p.m. the same afternoon the wedding was celebrated at the Church of England, Abbassia. The bride was given away by Major Stuckey, A.I.F. (NSW), and the bridesmaids were Sisters Grover and Johnson, of Queensland. The groomsmen were Capt P.D. Robinson (Q), and Lieut W. Stewart, of Melbourne. Sister Robson was one of the most popular nurses on the staff, and the wedding caused much local interest, and at the ceremony, the chapel was filled with friends, who came along at short notice. After a small tea at Shephards’, Cairo, the couple left on the evening train for Suez, and next afternoon the bride embarked for Australia. 14th AGH War Diary, Jul 1916 – Sept 1917 (p.19): An interesting event was the marriage of one of the Nursing Staff, Staff Nurse R.M. ROBSON, to an Australian Officer of the Imperial Camel Corps who had been a patient in the Hospital. The ceremony took place in the Garrison Chapel (APPENDIX “A”), and a photograph (APPENDIX “B”) attached indicates the ordeal that the newly-married couple had to undergo at the hands of “Camera fiends”, who are depicted waiting for them at the conclusion of the service. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Tue 24 Apr 1917 (p.7): Interview with a Returned Sister FORMERLY NURSE IN IPSWICH HOSPITAL MRS L.A. WILKIE (NEE ROBSON) Returning from a visit to Toowoomba on Friday afternoon last, I had a most interesting companion up till arrival at Gatton (writes “Old Sport”). Having placarded my seat on the sweeper train, which was the first to leave the capital of the Darling Downs on account of the late arrival of the Sydney mail train. I found, on my return, the department occupied by a young lady. Breaking the ice, I learned that Gatton was her destination. Knowing something about Gatton and its people, the conversation continued, and I soon discovered that I was in the company of Mrs. L.A. Wilkie (nee Sister Ruth Maughan Robson), with whose father – since deceased – I was well acquainted. Her marriage was recently celebrated at the Church of England Garrison Chapel, 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, near Cairo, Egypt, the bridegroom being Lieut Lesley Alexander Wilkie, of the 4th Regiment (Victorian) Light Horse, who is still in the fighting zone somewhere in Egypt. Mrs Wilkie, or, rather, Nurse Robson was for four years on the nursing staff of the Ipswich Hospital, during the regime of Dr. P. Thornton as Medical Superintendent, and her Ipswich friends will remember her as being affable, and kindly dispositioned, in every way acting up to her calling. Leaving the Ipswich Hospital, she accepted an appointment in the Cairns Hospital, where she remained for some time. Returning South again she followed her occupation in the Lockyer area until the call of the Empire for Australian-trained nurses to go to the front. She responded, and has so been actively engaged for nearly two years. Experience abroad has added to her affability, and I may be pardoned for saying, she proved a charming conversationalist. She interested me with her doings, in the first instance, in Egypt, where, at Cairo, she was occupied in hospital work in attending to the invalided soldiers from the famous Gallipoli battlefields. Listening to her version, why should we wonder at the wounded men writing so nicely of the attention paid to them by the Sisters? From Egypt Sister Robson was dispatched to England on a hospital steamer in care of invalided soldiers. The voyage was pleasant, she related, across the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the vessel calling in at Marseilles, thence, via the historical Straits of Gibraltar, to England, in which old land my informant spent some six months in soldiers’ hospitals – in Lancashire, then at Epsom, and finally at Harefield. In this institution she stated that she met Dr Donald Cameron, whom she knew while at the Ipswich Hospital. When opportunity offered she visited places of interest, but the sisters’ time was nearly always well occupied otherwise. On one occasion, while at a London theatre, an enemy Zeppelin raid took place, and bombs were distributed broadcast. She states that she will never forget the excitement in the theatre – it was indescribable. All were scrambling to get out. Her Sister companion and herself were tossed about in all directions. How she got there the narrator could not tell, but she discovered herself tossed under a seat. The manager, with much tact, allayed the stampede, and eventually the performance proceeded as if nothing whatever had occurred. She returned to Australia in a well-known hospital steamer, the matron (Miss Cooper, sister of Mr F.A. Cooper, M.L.A.) being described as a motherly soul, who is liked by all. After enjoying a spell in Queensland – at her mother’s home in Gatton – she returned to Egypt a second time, and in the A.G.H., where she was engaged, she had, for a time, the care of Pte Ivor Wilson, a son of Mr and Mrs J.C. Norman Wilson, of Thorn-street, who unfortunately lost both legs in a railway accident. He was a cheerful patient, and it was always a pleasure for any of the sisters to take him out for an airing in a specially prepared vehicle. She herself frequently took him for a glimpse of the outside world. This time she renewed the acquaintance of Dr E.E. Brown, who she knew while at the Ipswich Hospital. While here she met her future husband, Lieut L.A. Wilkie, who, although a native of Victoria, was for many years engaged in station work, he being a manager, in the far north of Queensland. Her husband returned to the fighting zone, and Mrs Wilkie came back to Australia in care of invalided soldiers. Mrs Wilkie referred in flattering terms to the splendid work of the Red Cross. They lighten greatly the work of the sisters, and very materially assist in making the invalided soldiers’ lot more comfortable. The Army Medical Corps, she said, do admirable work, and the stretcher bearers are indefatigable in their efforts. Mrs Wilkie stated that she found, despite the nature of the calling, much to always interest her. And then the train pulled up at Gatton – and “adieu” was the next word. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Wed 28 Nov 1917 (p.6): OUR MA MA CREEK LETTER UNVEILING OF MA MA CREEK HONOUR BOARD ……………………………………………………………………….. The honour board, which is made of Queensland maple, is a handsome one, and contains 60 names, including those of two nurses – Nurse Pollock (still on duty at Bombay), and Nurse Robson (returned). ………………………… Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 27 Aug 1938 (p.6): PERSONAL Mr L.A. Wilkie, who has managed Brighton Downs Station, Winton, for Messrs Winter-Irving for six and a half years, has handed over the management of the property to Mr L. Luke, who represents the new owner, Mr J.W. Fletcher. Mr Wilkie has just completed 18 years of station management of both sheep and cattle properties in New South Wales and Queensland. Accompanied by his wife, two sons and daughter, he will leave Winton to stay for a time with his son, Mr E. Wilkie, who has a farm in the Callide Valley. The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld) Thur 16 Jul 1942 (p.19): PERSONAL WEDDING BELLS WILKIE – LEIGHTON The marriage was celebrated at St Gabriel’s Church of England, Biloela, on July 4, of Kathleen, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs C. Leighton of Argoon, to Colin Elliot, second son of Mrs and the late Lieutenant L.A. Wilkie, Argoon. The bride was given away by her father and was attended by her sister, Mrs J.F. Bickford, Mr K.A. Wilkie carried out the duties of best mans. Brother A. Smith officiated. The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld) Thur 29 Jul 1948 (p.29): WEDDING BELLS Boyle – Wilkie A very pretty wedding of interest to the Central and Central Western districts, was solemnized at All Saints’ Church of England, Mt Larcom, when Ruth Margaret Elizabeth, only daughter of Mrs R.M. Wilkie and the late Mr L.A. Wilkie of Argoon, was married to John Henry Jackson, elder son of Mr and Mrs H. Boyle of Yarwun. Archdeacon Robinson, an old friend of the bride’s family, officiated at the ceremony. The bride, who was escorted to the church by her brother, Mr Colin Wilkie, looked charming ……………………………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/75349956 Notes: Her father’s Obit 1912: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/113062430 W.G.’s sister = Mrs R. Pollock Obit of her paternal Grandmother 1916 (mentions another granddaughter serving in Egypt, Nurse E. Pollock): http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/113135791 Cousin – Arthur Edwin Robson b.3/1/1895 Charters Towers – son of Francis Joseph Maughan Robson & Lillian Annie Locke (of Innisfail) (Pte 6082, 9th Bn): http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8037148 http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120429410 Her mother’s Obit 1933: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/118513593