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    • BARRY, Helena Margaret (Lena) – Staff Nurse (ARRC), QAIMNSR – also AANS Home Service
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 25 November 2021

    Born (Margaret Helena) on the 24th of September 1887 at McLaren Street, Adelaide, SA – the daughter of Michael BARRY and Katherine (Kate) Mary DOOHAN, who married in St Ignatius Church, Adelaide on the 17/3/1881 Michael, a former Police Constable, died on the 28/1/1929 at their home in Wayville, aged 75 Katherine died the following year on the 26/9/1930 at Glen Osmond, aged 71 Siblings: Mary Cecilia (Polly) – marr Michael KELLY 1907; William b.2/8/1883; Stephen b.1/2/1885 – d.3/12/1885 (9m2w); *John Joseph b.4/6/1889 Adelaide – Pte 2583A, 10th Bn, DOW 24/5/1916 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59816407; Frederick James b.6/4/1891; *Francis Martin (Frank, “Dinky”) b.11/8/1892 – WW1: 2551 / 2nd Lieut, 10th and 40th Bns – marr Enid May – d.19/6/1963 Trained in Nursing at Adelaide Hospital for 3 years from 1906 to 1909, receiving a 1st Class Surgical Certificate and a 2nd Class Medical Certificate Member of the Australian Trained Nurses’ Association (ATNA) District Nursing, Adelaide (3yrs) Private Nursing, Melbourne (2yrs) WW1: [NOK: mother, Mrs Barry, 218 Gilles St Adelaide / 95 Ridge St, Nth Shore Sydney] Applied to join the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) on the 27/4/1915, and was instead offered a position with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR). Joining a small contingent of fellow nurses, she sailed from Adelaide on the Mooltan 20/5/1915 for Egypt, arriving Port Said 15/6/1915. Later in England she attended a Medical Board at Vincent Square, London, on the 16/10/1916, at which she was granted sick leave Awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class (ARRC) 1/1/1917 Serving at Mont Dore Military Hospital, Bournemouth 12/1/1917 Sent in her resignation on the 22/4/1917; wishing to return home due to her Mother’s ill health. Her resignation accepted, she continued serving at the Bournemouth Hospital until her passage home could be arranged. She embarked 9/8/1917 on the Megantic, which departed Liverpool on the 14/8/1917 for Canada. Re-embarked on the Ventura for Australia. Arriving home on the 14/10/1917, she re-enlisted as a Staff Nurse with the AANS, AMF (for Home Service) on the 22/10/1917 and commenced duty at the 7th AGH, Keswick. Transferred to the Nunyara Sanatorium 16/1/1918 as a Temporary Sister, and given charge. Following the closure of Nunyara, she returned to the 7th AGH on the 25/7/1918. Volunteered for Quarantine, to nurse influenza, and left for W.A. on the 21/12/1918 by the East West Railway. Returned sick 12/5/1919. Re-appointed as Staff Nurse 2/6/1919. Sick in 7th AGH from the 7/8/1919 to the 22/9/1919. Demobilized at her own request 12/10/1919 and placed on the AANS Reserve List Appointed to the position of Nurse with the NSW Baby Health Centres from 26/10/1920 to the 1/2/1925 [NSW Public Service Lists] 1924 Address: C/- Baby Health Centre, Alexandria, NSW She then served as a Nurse in the Baby Health Centres, NSW Department of Public Health from the 1/2/1925 until her retirement in 1947 1937 Electoral Roll: Baby Health Centre, Broken Hill, NSW – Trained Nurse 1949 ER: Aboukir, Beatrice St & Ogilvie Rd, Balgowlah, NSW – Nurse 1954 ER: 13 Smith Ave, Brookvale, NSW – Nurse Died on the 23rd of March 1979, SA, aged 91 Buried Centennial Park, SA The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Tue 23 Oct 1906 (p.8): GENERAL NEWS ADELAIDE HOSPITAL The following appointments in the Adelaide Hospital were made in Executive Council on Monday morning: – …………………………..; and Helena Barry, to be probationer nurses; …………………… Government Gazette of NSW, Fri 10 Jul 1925 (p.3099): APPOINTMENTS Department of Public Health Nurses Kate Isabel Head and Margaret Helena Barry, to be Nurses, Baby Health Centres, on probation for six months, – from 1st February, 1925. Government Gazette of NSW, Thur 1 Apr 1926 (p.1539): APPOINTMENTS Department of Public Health Nurses – ………………….. Margaret Helena Barry, as Nurses, Baby Health Centres Staff, Department of Public Health (confirmation). Government Gazette of NSW, Thur 3 Apr 1947 (p.830): RETIREMENTS Department of Public Health Miss Margaret Helena Barry, Nurse, Baby Health Centres, Department of Public Health [section 66 (1) – 23rd September, 1947]