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    • Violet Mary PENNY QAIMNS-R
    • Posted by ResearchBuff, Sunday, 9 January 2022

    Violet was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1881. Her father Charles James PENNY (b20/5/1843 Wellington, NZ; d24/12/1919 SA) was formerly a Private Secretary to the Hon. George Marsden Waterhouse [https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/waterhouse-george-marsden-4806] and latterly a banking clerk. In 1870 Charles married Emma née Stephens (b9/7/1847) the daughter of a prominent Kangaroo Island pioneering, newspaper and banking family; and they were to have eight children. Emma died on her 71st birthday (9/7/1918). Siblings: Evelyn Emma b1870, d1942; Clifton Raymond b1872, d1948 NSW (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43782240), m31/12/1908 Marjory WARREN (d1949) (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/88293067); ‘Clif’ worked as a criminal defence lawyer. Blanche Maud b1874, d1962, m1908 William L. HUNTER (WA) (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/257285957); Gertrude Mabel b1876, d1958; Edward (Arnold) b1879, d1946, m2/1/1904 Estelle Hardcastle GLYDE (b1879, d1956) (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/55684636); In 1904 Edward was lecturer, School of Mines, and Director Coolgardie Technical School. Estelle Lilian Raynor was born on 23/10/1904, Coolgardie, and Colin Lavington 24/4/1909, Shirley Neville Hardcastle 1911, Neville Lavington 1913, in SA. Lt. Bertram Stephens b1885, d (suddenly) 1919, m1910 Ethel May (d1970); 1911 Ruth Gwendoline was born. Dr Harold John b1888, d1968 Bournemouth, England, m7/11/1925 Mary Violet RIDSDALE (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129749866). Harold had an interest in sport, playing cricket, State-level tennis and was a recognised croquet player (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/128378023). After marrying he lived in Perth, WA, for five years, then in 1930 he moved to Staffordshire, England where he established a medical practice. Mary and Harold had three sons and a daughter. Violet trained as a nurse at The Children’s Hospital, Perth, passed the ATNA examination in December 1915, and was matron of the Perth Babies’ Hospital. Returning to SA for a holiday, she was offered the matron position at the newly opened Babies Hospital that was to specialise in gastroenteritis (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/59302287). October 1915 embarked RMS Moldavia for London (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/124886530). Enlisted (date unknown) with the QAIMNS-R as a staff nurse, naming her brother Harold as next of kin. Nursing service details have not been found. On 9/12/1918 Violet embarked at London on SS Leicestershire for the return journey to Australia and was welcomed home with a musical evening hosted by Harold and other family members (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/63760629). 1924-1927 operated ‘Te Whare’ private hospital at Mile-End, SA. During this period she and fellow nurse Evelyn Shaw, successfully sued for expenses incurred by a patient admitted the hospital (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129803343). 1953, 1954 Violet was the owner of Avonmore private hospital, Malvern. Her decision to sell the property led to a dispute with the lessee of the hospital with the judgement being awarded in Violet’s favour (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/47575066; https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48117095).