• Mary Elizabeth McKenzie

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service
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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • McKENZIE, Mary Elizabeth – Staff Nurse (Temp Sister), AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 10 April 2016

    Born in 1888 at Williamstown, Vic – daughter of Donald Alfred Hugh MCKENZIE & Ella WHITE – who married in Vic in 1886 Donald, who had been an Alderman at Balmain, NSW for 6 years, and the Mayor in 1918-19, died on the 18/1/1933 at Carlton, NSW Ella died the following year on the 11/6/1934 at her son Donald’s home in Maryborough, Vic, age 73 Siblings: Donald Hinton b.1886 Williamstown – marr Catherine – WW1: Pte 3400, 2nd Pioneers – Managing Director of Maryborough Knitting Mills – d.1974 Vic; Alexander Keith b.1889 W; William Ross b.&d.1891 (5mths); Robert Bruce b.1892 Preston – WW1: Pte 1816, 17th Bn (also 596, 2nd Pioneers & 395, N&MEF) – marr Alma Victoria TEYS 27/9/1922 NSW – d.26/11/1963 Sutherland, NSW; Religion: Presbyterian WW1: Joined the AANS on the 24/7/1915 and embarked on the Orontes 31/7/1915 for Egypt Transport duty to Australia on the Beltana 13/10/1915 – at which time she met her future husband who was the Captain of the ship Transport duty to Australia on the Commonwealth 20/1/1916 Returned to Egypt on the A62 Wandilla 3/2/1916 Transport duty to Australia on the Benalla 10/4/1917 – attached to No.3 Sea Transport Section Embarked at Sydney on the Kyarra 3/9/1917 and disembarked Suez 20/10/1917 to join the 14th AGH, Abbassia To be temporary Sister 4/12/1917 Sick to Hospital with Colic 9/3/1918 – 21/3/1918 Resigned appointment in consequence of marriage 27/5/1918 Married Capt Reginald Alfred Bray of the P&O Coy, on the (27th or) 28/5/1918 at the British Consulate & afterwards at the Church of Epiphany, Port Said, Egypt Mary petitioned for a Divorce in 1928, which was granted in 1929 She was living with her parents at 77 Frederick St, Rockdale, NSW in 1928 – they then moved to 19 Hampton Court Rd, Carlton, NSW in 1930 Died in 1965 at Ararat, Vic, age 77 From The Kia Ora Coo-ee, June 1918: “The wedding of Captain R.A. Bray, of Sussex, England, and Sister M.E. McKenzie, A.A.N.S., (14th AGH), of Sydney, NSW, was celebrated at the British Consulate, and afterwards at the Church of Epiphany, Port Said, on May 28th. Amongst those present at the ceremony were many members of the A.A.N.S., including Principal Matron R. Creal. Soon after the outbreak of war, Sister McKenzie volunteered for service abroad and tended our sick and wounded in England, France, Egypt and on transports to and from Australia.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 10 Jul 1918: MARRIAGES BRAY – McKENZIE – May 27, at Port Said, Egypt, Captain Reginald A. Bray, of P. and O. Company, younger son of Mr and Mrs Bray of Croydon, England, to Sister Mary E. McKenzie, of Australian Army Nursing Service, only daughter of Mr and Mrs D.H. McKenzie, Ewenton-street, Balmain. Evening News (Sydney, NSW), Tue 31 Jul 1928 (p.12): “I LOVE HER” – HUBBY’S COOLNESS NURSE GETS DECREE Mr Justice Davidson, in the Divorce Court to-day, granted a decree nisi, on the petition of Mary Elizabeth Bray, formerly McKenzie, for the dissolution of her marriage with Reginald Alfred Bray, master mariner, on the ground of the respondent’s adultery with Agnes Stewart in 1924, at flats in Darlinghurst, and afterwards on the steamer St George, trading in the Gilbert Islands. Petitioner said she had served as a nurse with the A.I.F. for three years, partly in Egypt, and partly on transport duty between Australia, England, and Egypt, and some time in France. She met the respondent in 1915, while she was on transport duty, on the P. and O. steamer Beltana. They were married at Port Said in May 1918. In 1923, said petitioner, her husband, who had always been affectionate, changed in his manner towards her. He became cool, and a deed of separation was drawn up. In a letter from the steamer St George at sea, on March 11, 1925, respondent wrote: “A woman has come into my life who is, and always will be, my helpmate… She loves me, as I love her.” Mr Selwyn Betts, instructed by Messrs Pigott, Stinson, Macgregor, and Palmer, appeared for the petitioner.