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    • Ruth Gladys Isabella BOTTLE
    • Posted by ResearchBuff, Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    Ruth Gladys Isabella BOTTLE, the eldest daughter of William James BOTTLE (b1864) and Ruth neé Miller (b1864 Ballarat, d26/8/1955 90yrs WA), was born in in 1889 in Williamstown, Victoria. William married Ruth in 1887, and in 1888 was working as a harness-maker in Stevedore Street, Williamstown. By 1896 William and Ruth were residents of WA, in 1912 they were living in Sydney and unable to attend daughter Effie’s wedding. 1918 they were residing in Fiji. Siblings: Effie Elsie Edna b30/8/1891 Qld, m20/4/1912 Francis [Frank] J. WILSON in WA (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/207343599) Alice Geraldton b1896 WA, m1/5/1918 in Fiji, Harold Edgar NICHOLLS. Muriel b/d1903 3 days Ruth had a long career and life. In 1905 age c16yrs, she was a candidate for the Telephone Attendant examination held in Perth, but perhaps thinking that this role was not her future she accepted a probationer position at the Home of Peace, a 30 bedded hospice at Subiaco. This experience led her to nurse training at Freemantle Hospital. Ruth was working as a Staff Nurse at Nurse Phillip’s Hospital, Egan Street, Kalgoorlie https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211209892 when on 15/5/15 she enlisted with QAIMNS-R as a Staff Nurse and left Freemantle per RMS Mooltan, arriving in Egypt a month later. Her brother-in-law Frank’s name and address was provided for correspondence. With the Imperial service Ruth served in hospitals in Egypt, German East Africa and Mesopotamia. On 15/4/1916 she was assigned to HS Dongola that sailed between Alexandria the Dardanelles and Suez, following which in early March 1917 she was posted to the Citadel Hospital Cairo. Ruth acted in a Sister position for a short while and was later promoted. She extended her contract with the QAIMNS-R several times. The first extension in May 1917 was six months, followed by a year extension signed November 1917 shortly after being invalided back to Australia. By April 1918 Ruth was back at the Citadel Hospital in Cairo and two weeks after the armistice, signed a further six months contract. She remained at the Citadel Hospital until her resignation due to ‘family affairs’ embarking on SS Kildonian Castle on 1/4/1919, arriving in Perth at the end of the month (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239603268). 1920 resided at Maylands, WA 1922-1936 Sister position at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Subiaco possibly also attaining a midwifery certificate. She resigned following her appointment as matron at the hospital where her nursing career started: the Home of Peace, Subiaco (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/40732588). Ruth was matron at the Home of Peace for nine years, during which time she was also elected President of the Australian Trained Nurses Association (WA branch) (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/42096375). From 1945-1950 Ruth was employed by the Public Health Department, WA as Inspecting Matron for WA hospitals. In this role she investigated and advocated for improved working conditions and environments, nurse staffing levels, and efficiency measures. In 1954 she resided at Guilford, WA, 1958 Pearce, WA and 1963, Albany, WA. Ruth died on 27/6/1985 aged 96yrs at Subiaco. Her ashes were ‘scattered to the winds’ at Karrakatta cemetery.