• Florence Agnes Manning

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Cairo, Egypt

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    • MANNING, Florence Agnes - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    Born on the 24th April 1889 at Mollison St, Bendigo – daughter of Robert MANNING (Agent) & Annie Craig JAMIESON – who married on the 5/2/1884 at Barry St, Carlton, Vic The family had moved to WA by 1900 – and were living at Bernard St, Claremont in 1903; Victoria Terrace 1906; and “Craigie”, College Ave, Claremont in 1915, 1922 Annie died at home on the 5/8/1922 Robert had remarried by 1925 (Madge), and he died at their home “Killara” Queenslea Dve, Claremont in June 1938 Siblings: Alice Mary b.24/11/1884 Sandhurst – marr P.A. FOX; Annie Jamieson b.9/12/1886 (Typist); Lizzie Muriel b.1892 (Betty) – mar J.R. GEMMELL; Kathleen Esther b.1895 Caulfield – marr M.J.N. LAW; William Henry Gratton b.1900 Fremantle, WA Religion: Presbyterian Trained in nursing at the Perth Public Hospital for 3 years, passing her final exam for the ATNA in June 1913 WW1: Embarked 24/8/1915 on the RMS Morea for Egypt – disembarking Suez and joining the 1st AGH for duty Detailed No.4 Convalescent Auxiliary Home 21/9/1915 Admitted to the 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia 19/2/1916 with Mumps – and discharged back to duty on the 3/3/1916 Taken on strength of the 3rd AGH 10/7/1916 – until the 12/8/1916, and the following day embarked as a passenger on the Kanowna, and proceeded to England where she was temporarily attached to the 3rd AGH 23/8/1916 Attached for duty with the 3rd AAH, Southall 10/10/1916 Appointment terminated 23/4/1917 on account of marriage Married Hugh William Fancourt MITCHELL [Captain (MC), AAMC] on the 23/4/1917 at Mill Hill, London, England Florence returned to Australia on the HT Burmah 14/12/1918 – free passage in return for services. Hugh returned on the Kaiser-i-hind 6/5/19 – 16/6/19 Children (4): *Donald Fancourt b.2/4/1920 at Morwell – WW2: Lieut, AAMC – d.1981 Fran, age 60 *Kathleen Eleanor (Kay) b.7/6/1921 St Hilary’s Private Hosp, Morwell – marr Ronald PEARSE 10/2/1951; *Mary b.23/1/1926 St Hilary’s Private Hosp, Morwell *Hugh b.16/5/1928 St Hilary’s Private Hosp, Morwell The couple lived at Morwell on their return to Australia (“Clovelly”) Florence was Secretary of the Morwell Red Cross Branch – until her retirement in 1940 due to ill health Hugh resigned as Medical Officer for the Morwell Shire Council in April 1947, and the couple left the district for Bairnsdale Living Williams Pde, Bairnsdale in 1949 Died in the Bairnsdale District Hospital, Vic on the 17/10/1949, following a long illness Cremated at Springvale Cemetery 18th October and her ashes interred in the Tristania Garden G3, Bed 5, Rose 23 Hugh William Fancourt MITCHELL was born 15/1/1888 at Kyneton – son of (Dr) Henry St John MITCHELL (WW1: Maj, AN&MEF) & Lena NANKIVELL Father’s SR: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7982436 Doctor WW1: Capt (MC), 2nd AGH, AAMC Hugh also died in Bairnsdale, on the 7/1/1957, age 68 He was cremated at Springvale Cemetery on the 9th January and his ashes interred with those of Florence Bendigo Advertiser (Vic), Sat 11 May 1889 (p.7): BIRTHS MANNING – On the 24th April, at Mollison-street, Mrs Robert Manning – a daughter. The Evening Star (Boulder, WA), Tue 6 Aug 1912 (p.2): Pars About People Dr H.W.F. Mitchell has been appointed junior resident medical officer to the Perth Public Hospital from August 9, 1912, vice Dr Sawers, retired. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 13 May 1917 (p.5s): Perth Prattle The marriage took place at Mill Hill, London, on April 23, of Sister F.A. Manning, daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Manning, of Claremont, to Captain H.W.F. Mitchell, formerly of York. The Argus (Vic), Fri 17 Jun 1921 (p.1): BIRTHS MITCHELL – On the 7th June, at St Hilary’s private hospital, Morwell, the wife of Dr Hugh W.F. Mitchell – a daughter. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 11 May 1922 (p.6): Mainly About People Mrs Mitchell, the wife of Dr Hugh Mitchell, one time resident officer of the Perth Hospital, is on a visit to her mother, Mrs Manning, of Claremont. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 3 Feb 1926 (p.1): BIRTHS MITCHELL – On the 23rd January 1926, at St Hilary’s private hospital, Morwell, to Dr and Mrs H.W.F. Mitchell – a daughter. The Argus (Vic), Wed 23 May 1928 (p.1): BIRTHS MITCHELL – On the 16th May, 1928, at St Hilary’s private hospital, to Dr H.W.F. Mitchell and Mrs Mitchell – a son. Morwell Advertiser (Morwell, Vic) Thur 13 Jun 1940 (p.8): Morwell Red Cross Branch ANNUAL MEETING …………………………………………………….. Sincere regret was expressed by every member at our last meeting, when the resignation of our very capable secretary (Mrs H.W.F. Mitchell) was tendered owing to ill health. Her valuable services have been recorded and her place will be extremely difficult to fill. Morwell Advertiser (Morwell, Vic) Thur 17 Apr 1947 (p.11): New Medical Officer At yesterday’s meeting of the Shire Council a letter was received from Dr H.W.F. Mitchell tendering his resignation as medical officer. The secretary was instructed to write to Dr Mitchell accepting his resignation with regret, and thanking him for the excellent service rendered by him over the 25 years he has been in Morwell. Dr A. McGregor has been appointed medical officer in Dr Mitchell’s stead. Au Revoir MRS H.W.F. MITCHELL FAREWELLED Beautiful flowers decorated the rooms when, at the invitation of Miss McKay, many friends of Mrs H.W.F. Mitchell gathered to bid her farewell on Wednesday, April 9th. Mrs Mitchell has made many friends during her many years sojourn in Morwell, and they are sorry to see her depart. The evening was spent in the happy social atmosphere of whist. On behalf of the ladies, Miss McKay, in a very appropriate speech, presented Mrs Mitchell with a hassock as a reminder of her friends in Morwell. Mrs Mitchell suitably responded, and thanked the ladies for the evening and their kindly thought. A most elaborate supper was provided by the ladies, and it is reported to have been very special. Farewell: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/66112286 Morwell Advertiser (Morwell, Vic) Thur 20 Oct 1949 (p.1): Obituary MRS FLORENCE AGNES MITCHELL It is with profound regret that we record the death of Mrs Florence Agnes Mitchell, wife of Dr H.W.F. Mitchell, which occurred on October 17th at the Bairnsdale District Hospital, following a long illness. The deceased, who was born in Bendigo, went to West Australia with her parents at an early age. Having completed her training for the nursing profession she enlisted in the Nursing Service of the A.I.F. and embarked for overseas in 1915. She was married in London in 1917, and returned to Australia in 1919 and came to Morwell when Dr Mitchell purchased the Morwell practice from Dr Sutcliff. Essentially a home lover, she yet found time for charitable activities with particular interest in the R.S.L. and the Red Cross, of which she was the secretary. Her kindly disposition and an innate sense of helpfulness won her a wide circle of friends, who will deeply mourn her loss. A largely attended service at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was held on Tuesday morning prior to the funeral cortege leaving for Springvale. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Donald and Hugh, and two daughters, Kathleen and Mary. Notes: Hugh’s father’s Obit 1935: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/65910205