• Olga Gwendolen Parkinson

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • British War Medal
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    Hobart, TAS, Australia

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    • PARKINSON, Olga (Olive) Gwendolen – Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 30 April 2016

    Born Olive Gwendolen on the 4th February 1887 at Hobart, Tas – the daughter of (Dr) Charles Joseph PARKINSON and Agnes Annie LEVERS – who married in England in 1885 before emigrating to Tasmania, where they lived for a couple of years before moving to Victoria in 1888 Charles was living in Townsville, Qld in 1917 – but back in Victoria when he died in August 1935 at his home in Malvern, age 77 Agnes was living at Park View Cottage, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in 1919 Siblings: Doris Mary b.3/6/1888 Tas (Music Teacher); *Eric Wilfred b.10/2/1890 Malvern, Vic – marr Jean KEMP 18/8/1914 – WW1: enlisted 1918, didn’t sail – d.1958 Malvern; *Charles Lionel Gellibrand b.1895 Malvern – WW1: 20180 / Lieut, 8th FAB – marr Alice KEMP 5/4/1924 – d.1977 Brighton; In 1901 Agnes and her two daughters Olga and Doris travelled to the UK, arriving 19/11/1901 – their address whilst there was to be C/- G.H. Stanger, The Chestnuts, Wolverhampton Trained in nursing at the Brisbane Children’s Hospital Appointed to the position of charge nurse at the Boonah Hospital, Qld in March 1916 – and tendered her resignation in September 1916 WW1: Joined the AANS 9/1/1917, serving in Qld until joining for overseas service 19/5/1917 Embarked on the RMS Khiva 26/5/1917 for India – arriving 18/6/1917 Posted to the 34th Welsh General Hospital, Deolali 26/6/1917 Embarked at Bombay 18/11/1918 on the Royal George for the UK Disembarked Suez 10/12/1918, and temporarily attached to the 71st General Hospital, Alexandria Embarked 20/1/1919 at Port Said on the Kaiser-i-Hind for England – disembarking Southampton 1/2/1919, and attached to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on the 2/2/1919 – then on Leave until the 16//2/1919 Leave 23/5/1919 – 3/7/1919 Promoted to Sister 26/6/1919 Demobbed in the UK 26/9/1919 to await her marriage, as her fiancé was due for leave at the end of year She was finally married in 1920, her fiancé Herbert Ludlow DAVIS, (of the Royal Indian Marine), having obtained a marriage licence in the parish of St Matthew, Bayswater on the 12/8/1920 Children: Mary J born June Qtr 1921 Williton, Somerset Olive had been living with Mrs Stanger at 2 Merridale Gve Wolverhampton, when together with her 5 month old daughter, Mary, she boarded the Naldera on the 28/10/1921 for Burma In 1946 Olive travelled from Bombay to Southampton on the Andes, arriving 4/6/1946 [Address in UK: 8 Bath Rd, Reading] Herbert Ludlow Davis – b.1887 Minehead, Somerset – d.10/10/1951 Reading, age 64 Olga / Olive was living at 13 Elden Square, Reading in 1951 She died in the Mar Qtr 1968 at Taunton, Somerset, England, age 81 AWM Nurse Interview with Matron Kellet 1919: I embarked on the 24th May, 1917, on the “Khiva,” disembarked at Bombay, and stayed there for four days, and then went to Deolali. We went to the 34th Welsh General, which was staffed by Welsh Medical Officers, with an Australian Matron and Nursing Staff, and about twenty V.A.D.s. It was a large Hospital – 3,000 beds. A certain number of beds set aside for the convalescent patients, in which wards the sisters did no supervising. The work was medical and surgical, mostly from Mesopotamia. The cases were principally heat stroke, sandfly bite, and dysentery. We took in some Turkish prisoners, later, and there was hardly any medical work among these. The Hospital was extremely well equipped as it had previously been a Garrison Hospital. The food was not bad and amusements were provided for the patients in the way of concerts and picture shows. Many of the boys did fancy work, and we had many whist drives. While here we had outbreaks of plague and cholera, and a very bad form of influenza. Half of the nursing staff were down with the latter, thus making the work extremely heavy. We had a great number of deaths among the patients. We were very comfortably billeted in separate bungalows, each sister having a bedroom and bathroom to herself. I stayed here for seventeen months, and was then transferred to England. We left on the 29th November, on the “Royal George”, and disembarked at Suez, and entrained for Cairo. Here we were loaned to the British Hospitals, and relieved the sisters who had had no time off duty, owing to the influenza epidemic. I remained there for six weeks, and then embarked on the “Kaiser I Hind” arriving in England on the 1st February, 1919. After furlough, I proceeded to No. 3 A.A.H., Dartford, where I am now awaiting demobilization. The Caulfield and Elsternwick Leader (Vic), Sat 16 Jun 1888 (p.5): LOCAL ITEMS One of the passengers by the s.s. Flora, which leaves for Melbourne today (says the Hobart “Mercury,” of May 30th), will be Dr C.J. Parkinson, late house surgeon at the General Hospital, who proceeds to Malvern, Victoria to take up a private practice there. Dr Parkinson has been connected with the Hobart Hospital for two years and a half, during which time he has won the goodwill and esteem of all connected with the institution, as well as of a large section of the general public who have been brought into contact with him, all of whom will heartily desire that he will meet the success his professional talent and high character deserves. We have had many medical officers connected with the Hobart Hospital, but few whose departure has been regretted so much as Dr Parkinson’s will be. The Brisbane Courier (Qld), Sat 18 Mar 1916 (p.7): COUNTRY TELEGRAMS BOONAH, March 15 At the last monthly meeting of the Boonah Hospital Committee……………………….. Miss Olga G Parkinson was appointed to the position of charge nurse. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Sat 16 Sept 1916 (p.3): Our Boonah Letter HOSPITAL COMMITTEE ……………………………… Also a missive from Nurse Parkinson, tendering her resignation as staff nurse. This was accepted, and steps were decided on to fill the vacancy. Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld), Sat 16 Sept 1916 (p.3): Our Boonah Letter HOSPITAL ……………………….. Nurse Parkinson had expressed a wish to leave without delay. Notes: Various photos with other nurses in India c1917, held at the John Oxley Library, Qld In 1948, Doris Mary Parkinson, 59 year old Music Teacher, travelled from the UK on the Stratheden, departing 15/4/1948 – previously having lived at 4 Bath Rd, Reading, she was to embark and reside in Melbourne