• Marjorie Grace Little

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    Sydney, NSW, Australia

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    • LITTLE, Marjorie (Margery) Grace - Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 5 July 2015

    Born on the 12/12/1886 at Potts Point, NSW – the youngest daughter of John LITTLE, J.P. & Susannah (Susan, Susie) Evans WHITE – who married in 1870 John, born Ballarat, was a Station Manager at Curraweena Station, Bourke (1882, 1892); Glenariff Station, Bycrock (1893); Yabtree Station, Gundagai (1894) He died of heart disease on the 13/4/1894 at Gundagai, NSW, age 52 Coronga Downs Station, near Cobar (1897, 1899) Susie died 28/5/1933 at Parkes, NSW, age 88 Siblings: Jane/Jean Boyd Evans b.1871 Yackandandah, Vic – marr E.T. SPRAY 1893 NSW – d.1903; Haidee Florence Margaret b. 1873 Myrtleford, Vic – marr A. SIDDINS 11/1/1893 – d.9/9/1914; Edith Susie Evans b.1875 Myrtleford – d.1958; Nellie Maude b.1877 – d.1948; Norman Robert Harper b.1878 – d.1881; Australia “Traillie” Wentworth b.1881 Bourke, NSW – d.1928; Sidney John Fulford b.4/11/1882 Brighton House, Waverley, NSW – WW1: Sgt 169, 2nd FAB & Vet Sect – d.1930; Ruby Norma Bell Hatton b.1885 – d.1964 Religion: Church of England As a young girl, Marjorie was a regular contributor of letters to the childen’s corner in the Australian Town and Country Journal, and won prizes along the way She trained as a nurse at La Perouse, Sydney Matron, Leeton Public Hospital 1913 WW1: Embarked 14/7/1915 on the A67 Orsova for England Commenced duty at the 1st AAH, Harefield, on the 3/9/1915 Furlough 13/4 – 19/4/1915 Sick 8/10 – 10/10/1916 Furlough 21/10 – 5/11/1916 (suffering from giddiness) – off duty with Influenza until the 26/11/1916 at the Convalescent Depot Proceeded O/S to France on the Londonderry 11/4/1917 to join the BEF Joined 3rd AGH, Boulogne for duty 20/4/1917 UK Leave 26/11/1917 – receiving transfer 10/12/17 whilst on leave, and returning to duty at 1AAH, Harefield 12/12/1917 Resigned 14/1/1918 in consequence of marriage Married Lieut Charles Robert DUKE, (MC) 5th Pioneers on the 14/1/1918 at Toftwood, Murtle, Aberdeen, Scotland Marjorie & Charles returned to Australia together on the Orsova 18/7/1919 Living Ferntown, Collingwood, Nelson, NZ by 1922 Children (3): William Little b.1920; Peter Lee b.1922; Robert Erichson b.1925 During WW2 Marjorie served for two years as Nursing Sister at Nelson College Sanatorium Died 20/1/1964 Nelson, NZ Charles born 21/12/1888 Dunedin, NZ – son of William Henry & Annie Thorne DUKE (OF NZ) NZ Naval Cadets Architect & Surveyor – living in Orange, NSW before enlisting Enlisted 2/9/1914 at Randwick as Pte 963, with the 4th Bn – Lieut, 5th Pioneers (MID, MC) 1934, 1935: President of the Nelson branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association 1943: Appointed Temp Lieut-Col – area commander, Nelson Died 18/5/1970 NZ Photo 1934: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=CHP19340601.2.141.1&srpos=7&e=-------10--1----0duke+nelson-- Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW), Sat 14 Aug 1897 (p.11): Dame Durden’s Post Office Coronga Downs, via Cobar Dear Queen Youngheart – Thank you for printing my last letter. I went for a picnic on Jubilee Day with my three sisters. Ruby and I both ran races, and won a prize each. We played all sorts of games, and the boys gave us some lovely swings. I was enjoying myself so much that I was sorry when the time came to start for home. There is going to be another picnic for the children soon, and a juvenile ball at night, but I do not think we will go. My sister has a dear little baby, and I like looking after her. Last Christmas, when we were staying at Pirilla with my other sister, we used all go into the tank to bath, and one day, just as we were washing our heads, Ruby saw a large snake coiled up on an old fence that ran into the water. We did not wait to wash the soap off, but ma rolled her hair up in the towel and ran for Jean. They came down again, and brought a clothes prop to kill the snake. There was an oil-drum at the edge of the water, and Jean stood on it and rolled it bit by bit nearer the snake. She did not want to get her feet wet, and was going to be so brave; but old Mr Snake began to move towards her, and she jumped off into the water and ran for her life. We had such fun trying to get it. It was on the fence for three days, but gave us the slip in the end. I could tell you more snake yarns, but am tired writing, and must say good-bye. – Hoping Dame Durden will not put on her spectacles to look at my writing, I remain your fond friend, Marjorie Little (aged 10) Results of Prize Competitions CLASS B – Dame Durden’s prize for the best letter sent by boy or girl under 12 has been won by Marjorie Little, aged 10 (Coronga Downs, via Cobar). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW), Sat 28 May 1898 (p.10): Dame Durden’s Post Office Coronga Downs Station, Cobar Dear Queen Youngheart, – It is a long time since I wrote to you. I have one pet, a Galah, but the nasty old fellow does not like me much. He likes our cook better than anybody, because he gives him tea. He will not drink water or anything but tea. He is so particular about it, if it is not hot he well not drink it, and if it is not hot enough for him he gets in such a temper, and beats his beak on the ground. We have a big wilga tree, where we go and play every afternoon. There are swinging branches that we have for horses, and my sister Trail sits up the tree and reads. She has a very comfortable seat up there; only the ants drive her down sometimes. We all went out fishing last week to a big tank on the run. There are swarms of fish in it, and we caught more than we use. It was great fun cathing them. Did you like fishing when you were a girl? My last letter won a prize: so I cannot win another, but may I keep on writing to the Corner? I liked the book you sent me for a prize. Tell Dame Durden I will write to her some day. – And with love to all the Court, I remain your loving friend, Marjorie Little (aged 11 years). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW), Sat 24 Sept 1898 (p.38): Dame Durden’s Post Office Coronga Downs Station, via Cobar Dear Queen Youngheart, – There is not much news this time, but I will tell you what little there is. I was very pleased to see my last letter in print, and hope to see this one printed also. My galah was very ill for five days, but Mrs Adams (the housemaid) nursed him so well that he got better. She was so very fond of him that I gave him to her. I am trying for Mistress Homely’s prize for the baby’s bootees; I am knitting a pair. Mother taught me to knit; but I suppose there will be better pairs of bootees than mine. I am also sending a doll’s crotchet petticoat and a silk bonnet. I did not make them myself, but I hope they will please some of the little babies. There was a little bird with cotton twisted round its legs hung up in a tree and before we could get it down the cotton had cut off one of its toes. It is very tame, and feeds out of our hands. It goes to the cook every day for a drink. It is one of a number of birds that go about in twelves, and are called the twelve apostles. They are very tame in times of drought. There is nothing more to tell you, so I will now conclude with love to all the court, especially yourself. – I remain your affectionate, contributor, Marjorie Grace Little Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW), Tue 11 Feb 1913 (p.2): DISTRICT NEWS LEETON HOSPITAL STAFF CHANGE Nurse Mitchell, who has been Matron here since the hospital opened, left us last Saturday. ……………………………….. Nurse Little (who many of us recollect at Burrinjuck), takes Nurse Mitchell’s place as Matron, and a probationer nurse arrives this coming week to help her. Irrigation Record (Leeton, NSW), Fri 15 Aug 1913 (p.13): Leeton Public Hospital Matron Little was granted three months’ leave of absence on account of breakdown in health. The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW), Fri 28 Jan 1916 (p.5): LEETON HOSPITAL ANNUAL MEETING The following report on the past year’s work was read……………. Early in the year Matron Little left for the war, and Matron Hall (temporarily in her place), after a few months’ service, resigned. Otago Daily Times (NZ), Issue 17282, 6 Apr 1918 (p.6): MARRIAGES DUKE – LITTLE – On January 14, 1918, at Toftwood, Murtle, Aberdeenshire, Charles Robert Duke, lieutenant, A.I.F., son of W.H. Duke, of Dunedin, to Marjorie Grace Little, of NSW. Alexandra and Yea Standard……etc…..(Vic), Fri 16 Aug 1918 (p.3): WHERE ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY DOING? The Late Private Thomas Hanning – Corporal N Hanning has received the following from Nurse Duke (nee Little):- “Loftwood Murtle, Aberdeenshire, 19/6/18. Dear Corporal Hanning, - Your letter, after travelling round France, only reached me yesterday….I am glad to be able to tell you that I remember your brother perfectly, particularly because he was so ill and being a 4th Batt. boy – my husband having left Australia with same. I naturally always took a special interest in its members. Your brother was not actually admitted to my ward, but to one of the others, though my ward being rather light and not getting any cases from that particular convoy, I was sent to nurse him for a few days after he was isolated for lockjaw. I cannot tell you how long exactly he was in hospital before this developed – only a very short time I fancy, I do know this for certain, every possible thing was done for hime and he had special nurses for both day and night – being an Australian in a British hospital his case was taken even more interest in than is usual and every effort made to save his life. I know, too, that before he was wounded he had done some exceedingly brave deed, though I couldn’t get him to give any details of it; the boys never will, I know. We thought at one time he would have had a chance of recovery from the lockjaw, but with pneumonia he had too much to fight against. The amputation itself did splendidly. His death took place whilst I was off duty and I am sorry to say I do not know whether he left any messages or not, though before he got too ill he talked very cheerily about going home. I always think of him as a brave soldier and a wonderfully plucky patient.” Leader (Orange, NSW), Fri 18 Jul 1919 (p.7): Personal Captain Charles Duke, of Orange, who enlisted early in the war, has been awarded the military cross. With his wife, whom he married abroad, he will pay a short visit to Orange on their return from England. Notes: [Birth reg. 1887 as Marjery G] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 17 Apr 1894 (p.1): DEATHS LITTLE – April 13, at Gundagai, John Little, manager of Yabtree Station, late of Glenariff, Bourke, aged 52. Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Thur 26 Apr 1894 (p.2): Mr John Little, J.P., well-known in the Bourke district, died suddenly of heart disease at Yabtree, a station which he was managing in the Gundagai district. Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW), Sat 5 May 1894 (p.3): District Intelligence COBAR We regret to learn that Mr John Little formerly of Carraweena station has just died at Yabtree station, near Gundagai. Mr Little was a very old and respected resident of this district. He was part owner and managing partner of Curraweena station for years. From there he went to Glenariff station, and had only had charge of Yabtree station but a short time when he died. The cause, it is supposed, was heart disease. He leaves a wife and large family, most of whom are grown up. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 3 Jun 1933 (p.12): DEATHS LITTLE – May 28, at Parkes, New South Wales, Susie Evans, widow of the late John Little, late of Curraweena Station, Bourke, and Glenariff Station, Byrock, beloved mother of the late Sidney J.F., Mrs Spray, Mrs Siddins, Mrs Bridle, and of Mrs Staggs (Parkes), Mrs Sutherland (Sydney), Mrs Duke (NZ), and Mrs Christy (Cessnock), aged 88.