• L E Armstrong

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    • ARMSTRONG, Lizzie Edith (aka Edie) – Masseuse
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 28 April 2015

    Born 1874 Campbelltown, NSW (reg. 9122) – daughter of Andrew ARMSTRONG & Matilda May HANSON – who married 4/4/1873 St Paul’s, Redfern, NSW Andrew died 8/7/1921, age 79, at his residence Teralba, 20 Redan St, Mosman May died 28/3/1933 at her residence Teralba, 20 Redan St, Mosman Siblings (all born St Leonards, NSW): Lottie Louie b.1876 (Secretary) – d.11/7/1941; Alice M b.&d.1878 (6mths); Andrew Sydney b.1880 – d.5/5/1954; John Edward b.1882 (Electrical Engineer) – WW1: Lieut, 4th Tun Coy; Nellie May b.1882 (Typist) – d.25/8/1966; Ethel Blanche b.&d.1884 (6mths); Ernest James b.1886 – d.20/5/1954; Albert A b.1887; Wentworth Arthur W. b.1889 (Assistant Manager) – d.21/9/1964; Walter Rankin b.1890 – d.2/3/1970; Gladys Gwendolin b.1893 (Club Manageress) – d.28/6/1974 Dunedin, NZ While in Australia Edie lived with her family at Teralba, Redan St, Mosman Occupations: Stenographer; Masseuse; Travel Agent She spent her early years as a Stenographer – “I found too little scope for individuality in my office work,” she said, “and I abandoned it to learn massage. Everyone predicted financial disaster, but I succeeded in establishing the New South Wales Massage Association, and held two posts as University lecturer and instructor in a hospital before I left Sydney for New Zealand, and repeated the programme in Dunedin.” The Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, Vol 10, No. 2, Aug 1964 (p.42) Early in 1905, Miss L Armstrong, an English [sic] masseuse who was residing in New South Wales, approached Professor Anderson Stuart and convinced him of the merits of massage. Miss Armstrong possessed a great driving force and was responsible for the formation of our Association. Honorary Secretary of The Australian Massage Association 1906: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/14762058 1907: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/111277996 Evening News (Sydney, NSW), Mon 10 Apr 1911 (p.3): MISS ARMSTRONG FAREWELLED Miss L.E. Armstrong, honorary secretary of the Australasian Massage Association is leaving for England by the ORMS Orvieto tomorrow afternoon. The sick poor of Sydney who needed the class of treatment Miss Armstrong was so efficient in, will lose a benefactress. Miss Armstrong was always willing to attend patients not in a position to pay for treatment. She was with the association when it started. At the Civil Service Stores on Thursday afternoon her fellow-members presented her with a purse of sovereigns. Several speakers eulogised Miss Armstrong’s good work, and all wished her bon voyage and a hearty goodbye. 1911 The Register 23/5/1911 – Re The Orvieto Times – (of Adelaide?): http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59032120 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Wed 16 Sept 1914 (p.3): EASTERN AUSTRALASIA Miss L.F. [sic] Armstrong, secretary of the Dunedin (N.Z.) Women’s Patriotic Association, intends to leave shortly for England to volunteer, through the High Commissioner, for service as a nurse. Miss Armstrong is instructor in massage in the University of Otago. Miss L.E. Armstrong travelled from Wellington, NZ on the TSS Manuka, arriving Sydney 2/9/1914 UK Incoming Passenger Lists: Nurse L.E. Armstrong, 32 yr old Massage Nurse, previously resident in NZ, travelled from Sydney to Plymouth on the Maloja, arriving 4/11/1914 (b.c1882) Otago Daily Times, Issue 16274, 6 Jan 1915 (p.7): PERSONAL NOTES FROM LONDON (From Our Own Correspondent) Miss L.E. Armstrong, who has been in Dunedin for the last two years, has arrived Home [sic] to continue her nursing work. She attended a recent meeting of the Women’s Committee of the New Zealand War Contingent Association, and told the members about the work of the Otago branch of the Lady Liverpool Fund. She travelled from Sydney by the Maloja. Press (NZ), Vol LI, Issue 15176, 14 Jan 1915, p.4: ON SERVICE NEWS OF SOME NEW ZEALANDERS (From our own Correspondent) LONDON, November 27 Miss. L.E. Armstrong (Dunedin) has been appointed to the nursing staff at Dorchester House, Park Lane, which is being used for wounded officers. Sun (NZ), Vol 1, Issue 302, 26 Jan 1915, p.4: NEW ZEALANDERS ABROAD Miss L.E. Armstrong, whose name, by a misprint, in our last issue, was given as Mr N.E. Armstrong, is at present working at Dorchester House, Park Lane, W., which Sir George and Lady Holford have lent as a hospital for convalescent officers. Miss Armstrong has been engaged in organising massage schools to an accepted standard with a university and hospital course for the last eight years, and has been honorary secretary of the Australasian Massage Association since its inauguration in 1906. Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), Sat 16 Jan 1915 (p.1): GOSSIP FROM SYDNEY Two women more experienced in the role of ministering angels, who are on the staff of King Edward VII Hospital, are Miss Ruth Dowling and Miss L.E. Armstrong. The latter is a practised masseuse, and should be a valuable adjunct to the hospital force. Star (NZ), Issue 11399, 27 May 1915, p.7: For Women Folk Miss L.E. Armstrong, of Dunedin, who went to England on the outbreak of war to help in nursing the wounded, has been speaking of the important part played by massage in the treatment of broken limbs, etc., in the present war. Miss Armstrong was resident in Dorchester House, which Sir George Holford had lent for the purpose of a military hospital. Sir Alfred Fripp is the senior surgeon, and on the managing committee are Earl and Countess Grey. At present there are thirty wounded there, but the War Office has put the hospital down for a much larger number, so that the ballroom and State dining-room and drawing-rooms have all been turned into wards. Miss Armstrong says that during the three months that she has been doing voluntary massage there, quite ninety per cent of the patients had to have massage treatment, and many of them had limbs saved in consequence. For the first time, it may be said, massage is officially recognised by the medical profession as a treatment of the utmost importance. While Miss Armstrong was at Dorchester House, the King and Queen, Queen Alexandra, and the Princess Victoria visited the place, and she had the honour of being presented to Queen Alexandra as “the nurse who had come all the way from New Zealand to help.” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Wed 9 Jun 1915 (p.5): MASSAGE FOR THE WOUNDED In appealing to the public in yet another direction for our wounded, the Australasian Massage Association feels that every man and woman in Australia must realise that it is the imperative duty of those who stay at home to see that the men who are fighting should have the very best treatment available to help in their recovery after being wounded. ……………………………………………………………. A letter has recently been received from Miss L Armstrong, the first hon. secretary of the association, who is working in the military hospitals in London. She says: “It is ordered for nearly every wounded officer and man. In my experience in Dorchester House I found that before surgeons would permit patients to leave London for country convalescent homes strict inquiry was made as to whether massage was available, and if not, then some other place was suggested.” ……………………………………………………………………………………….. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15590128 Applied Feb-Mar 1916 to enrol in the Almeric Paget Massage Corps [AWM27, 374/3] Miss L.E. Armstrong (Non AIF) RTA per HT Warwickshire 5/4/1919 [NAA Medical files, not digitised] The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur 28 Aug 1919 (p.5): MASSAGE ASSOCIATION Miss Armstrong, an old member of the association, gave an interesting address on her experience while away on war work. UK Incoming Passenger Lists: Lizzie Edith Armstrong, 45 yr old Masseuse, is listed as travelling from Sydney to London on the Ormonde, arriving 23/2/1920 (b.c1875) [details then crossed out?] The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 2 Mar 1920 (p.4): NEAR AND FAR Cables to hand from London advise that a room in Australia House had been allotted to Miss L.E. Armstrong of Mosman, to enable her to carry into effect her scheme for the perfecting of after-war tourist traffic. 1920 The Register 15/3/1920: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/62624107 The Sydney Stock and Station Journal (NSW), Tue 5 Dec 1922 (p.2): A WORD TO TRAVELLERS ……………………………………………………….. Miss Edith Armstrong, who by the way, is a Sydney woman, …………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………….. Miss Armstrong has just been awarded a long overdue war medal. She set out as a voluntary worker in August ’14, and throughout the war was massaging the wounded, and most of the time entirely at her own expense. As a matter of fact, the only money she ever received was a very meagre living allowance, when she was being worked almost to breaking point in an Australian officers’ hospital. There must be dozens of men who have to thank this bright and clever Australian woman for the retention of limbs that were on the point of being condemned to amputation. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/124492822 1924 Country Life…. 14/3/1924: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=%22miss+e+l+Armstrong%22 1924 Country Life….5/12/1924: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/128645626 The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Fri 23 Jan 1925 (p.15): AN EXPERT IN TRAVEL MISS L.E. ARMSTRONG [Photo] Wireless will be a great factor in the developments of modern travel, according to Miss L.E. Armstrong, who has been appointed manager in charge of Pickford’s Touring Agency for Australia. Miss Armstrong arrived in Adelaide this week in connection with a round-the-world tour she has organised at short notice. Miss Armstrong is a native of Sydney, where she spent her early years as a stenographer. “I found too little scope for individuality in my office work,” she said, “and I abandoned it to learn massage. Everyone predicted financial disaster, but I succeeded in establishing the New South Wales Massage Association, and held two posts as University lecturer and instructor in a hospital before I left Sydney for New Zealand, and repeated the programme in Dunedin.” As soon as war was declared she offered her services as a masseuse, but they were declined. So on August 28, 1914, she sailed for England at her own expense, and was allowed to assume charge of the massage department of a military hospital – at her own expense. “Later on,” she said, “I was granted a subsistence allowance of five shillings a day, and then they charged me a shilling every time I stayed in to lunch.” Honorary housemaids were allowed to pay their board and live at the hospital, but Miss Armstrong was told that this privilege was reserved strictly for honorary housemaids and there was no classification to go on with regard to masseuses. “There were no fewer than 50 A.I.F. men, concerning whom their parents and friends had extracted a promise from me to ‘look after them’ for the duration of the war,” remarked Miss Armstrong, and I became an expert in consulting time-tables and ‘looking up’ things till I felt like a walking Bradshaw. This is what actually directed my thoughts to a travel agency, and when my arm became useless for massage after a brief holiday in Sydney, I returned to London in 1920, and established myself at Australia House. This is not so simple as it sounds, for I had to pay £250 rent yearly for an empty room. I used to get the most extraordinary queries from travellers. One man demanded a list of all the agricultural show fixtures in Great Britain, and had to wait only a few hours for it. Another man came to me on what he called confidential business. A high official was being tendered a farewell dinner before he left for Australia, and he wanted to know what to wear and the correct form of address to use when speaking to an earl. Another man wired me from Paris to engage rooms for him and forgot to say what boat he was coming on. I wired Dover on chance, and sent a series of express messages to meet each division of the Paris express, with instructions for him. He found his hotel.” A number of people regarded Miss Armstrong as a paid official of the Federal Government, and considered that her good offices were part of the privileges of their Australian citizenship. “All of which was flattering, but not profitable,” said Miss Armstrong. “I went from Australia House to Pickford’s, for whom I have just arranged a round-the-world tour to start from Australia next month, and hope to repeat the trip next year. The firm has been in business for more than 300 years, and was famous once for supplying post chaises and couriers. I am trying to arrange to have at least one Australian representative in every branch office of the firm I represent. We have an Australian in charge of the Swiss winter sports expeditions, two Dunedin women keep an hotel at the Hague, another from Christchurch visits Paris once a month, and is employed as shopping adviser in London, and we have an Australian in the Cairo office. All modes of travel have been revolutionised lately, and it is a far cry from the cabriolet of the past to the aeroplane of to-day, but the firm’s records show bookings for both. The charabanc has given place to a fleet of luxurious road coaches equipped with upholstered arm chairs, and when I am in my office in London, I book Australian passages for these or a bus ride or a trip on the Majestic. It is all in the day’s work.” It is a very interesting day’s work too, judging by the blank maps ready to be pencilled according to the prospective tourist’s itinerary, of which Miss Armstrong can give him every detail down to the price of a bath at Rome and the price of boots in Jerusalem. Auckland Star, Vol LVII, Issue 63, 16 Mar 1926, p.8: WOMAN TOURIST AGENT “New Zealanders are great travellers, and they are wonderfully appreciative,” said Miss L.E. Armstrong to a “Star” reporter this morning. Born in Australia, she spent a good deal of time in New Zealand, and when the war broke out she was in Dunedin. After five years’ war work as a masseuse, she looked round for something else to occupy her time, and she finally took up tourist work. Joining the very old transport firm of Pickfords, she is head of their department which looks after Australians and New Zealanders travelling under their auspices, and she is now on a tour of the colonies to consolidate her arrangements. In most other countries of the world this method of travelling under the auspices of some well-established firm is quite common, and Miss Armstrong is rather surprised New Zealand and Australia have not gone in for it more, as they are such keen travellers, and it means such a great saving of time if you know exactly where to go and how to get there, when you land in England or on the Continent. Miss Armstrong was a through passenger on the Niagara. 1929 Cairns Post 26/7/1929: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/40691133 1930 Electoral Roll: 20 Redan St, Mosman – Armstrong, Lizzie Edith – Travel Agent Also Gladys Gwendolin (Club Manageress), John Edward (Electrical Engineer), Lottie Louise (Secretary), Matilda May (Home duties), Nellie May (Typist) 1934 SMH 9/8/1934 – Living England (in her brother’s garden): http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/17105290 1936 ER: 12 Nelson St, Gordon, NSW – Armstrong, Lizzie Edith – Home duties Also Gladys May (h.d.); Wentworth Arthur (Assistant Manager) 1937 ER: Clifton Court, Morella Rd, Mosman – Armstrong, Lizzie Edith – Travel Agent WW2: Papier Mache Auxiliary (Red Cross): 1941: 5 brothers – A.S., J.E., E.J., W.R. & W.A. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27944278 1941: [Photo] The Australian Women’s Weekly: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/47245509 1942 – Edith: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/139557711 1943 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/134963376 1943 ER: 70 Wolsley Rd, Mosman – Armstrong, Lizzie Edith – Travel Agent Died 22/7/1947 Mosman, NSW (reg. 17481) Cremated Northern Suburbs Crematorium 24/7/1947 The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur 24 Jul 1947 (p.24): DEATHS ARMSTRONG, Edie – July 22 1947, of 70 Wolseley Road, Mosman, daughter of late Andrew and May Armstrong, of Teralba, Redan Street, Mosman, and loving sister of Bob, Jack, Nell, Jim, Went, Walter and Glad. FUNERALS ARMSTRONG – Relatives and Friends of late EDIE ARMSTRONG are invited to attend a service at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, at 2 pm This Day (Thursday). By request, no flowers. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 28 Oct 1947 (p.9): MEMORIAL TREE PLANTED A kurrajong tree was planted yesterday at the Lady Gowrie Home, Gordon, by the superintendent of the Red Cross Society, Mr H.L. Pitt, in memory of the late Miss L.E. Armstrong, of Mosman, who died recently. After serving with the 6th Australian Hospital in England during the First World War, Miss Armstrong founded and organised in Australia and New Zealand depots for turning waste paper into hospital equipment of papier mache. Notes: The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 11 Jul 1921 (p.10): DEATH OF MR A ARMSTRONG The death occurred on Friday last, at his residence, Teralba, 20 Redan-street, Mosman, of Mr Andrew Armstrong, at the age of 79 years. Mr Armstrong was born at Cobbitty, New South Wales, and, in his younger days, was associated with many of the early pioneers and statesmen in forming laws controlling the free selection of land. He was the chosen delegate of the western district to the council inaugurated by the late Sir John Robertson, and, after the passing of the Land Act in 1882, he carried on business for many years in the application of this Act to land tenure. Amongst his other activities, Mr Armstrong obtained parliamentary sanction to the Willoughby and Gordon Tramway Act, under which the Middle Harbour Suspension Bridge was constructed, and the Illawarra Harbour and Land Corporation Act, for the construction of a harbour at Lake Illawarra. His widow, five sons, and four daughters survive him.

      • liztobin
      • Sunday, 8 May 2016

      Thank you so much for this great piece of research. I came across Lizzie through the MOOC WORLD WAR 1: A HISTORY IN 100 STORIES MONASH UNIVERSITY I am also a volunteer with https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org so I am working with on line colleagues to properly identify Lizzie. We are a respectful collaborative bunch and would welcome your input. Liz

    • Lizzie in World War II
    • Posted by kjharris, Monday, 12 August 2019

    Waste Paper To Hospital Equipment ON the top floor of a large city store, three hundred women work each week turning waste paper into hospital equipment of papier mache. This work is one of the most progressive of the war activities in Sydney, and the founder and organiser is MISS L. E. ARMSTRONG. Her interest in papier mache dates back to the last war when she was attached to the 6th Australian (Auxiliary) Hospital in England and she came arioss the work being done at the Kensington War Depot. She equipped a treatment room at the hospital with papier mache equipment made at the depot. Miss Armstrong was the inventor of the Armstrong sling, a sling for broken arms which puts all the weight on the shoulders, rather than on the neck. This sling was used in hospitals throughout /England. After the war Miss Armstrong returned to Australia for six months. She then went back to London where she started a travel agency. She later joined London's oldest transport company, Pickfords, which commenced a travel department and. was staffed by Australians and New Zealanders. She was in charge and made a number of trips to Australia through Canada and New Zealand to establish agencies and to publicise Pickfords. In all she has travelled to and from Australia to England 12 times. Was a masseuse in the last war and was the founder and first secretary of the Australian Massage Association. She was born at Campbell-town and now has a pretty cottage at Mosman, where she enjoys her favorite relaxation— gardening. Was educated at the Sydney Girls' High School. Her ambition is to continue the papier mache work after the war and to continue to equip hospitals. Under the direction of the Red Cross papier mache articles have been supplied in great numbers throughout Australia and an order lodged this week for 1250 ash-trays has just been completed. Incorporated with the work-room is a tea-room, the profits of which help to buy paste and paint for the papier mache. source: Trove http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231157757

    Lizzie Edith Armstrong