• K Bridgman

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    • BRIDGMAN, Kate – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 14 February 2018

    Born on the 28th of July 1878 at Port Adelaide, SA – the daughter of William BRIDGMAN and Mary Ann MARLOR, who married 23/5/1874 Port Adelaide Mary died at her son’s residence in Malvern, Vic 6/10/1908 William died on the 28/9/1926, aged 81 Siblings (all born Port Adelaide): Frederick b.7/3/1875 Lipson St – marr A. WILDE 15/3/1899; Harriett b.14/1/1877; Emma b.23/5/1881 – marr T.C. POWELL 14/2/1911; John Samuel b.27/8/1883 – Journalist – marr M. Edith WILLIAMSON 12/5/1910 – WW1: Lieut, 28th Bn, AIF; Jessie b.3/9/1885 – marr R.R. Stuckey 14/2/1911 (Under-Treasurer) – d.1942; William b.9/8/1889 Keswick Hospital Perth Public Hospital 1913-1915 Home address: Ryecroft, Darlington, WA WW1: Embarked at Fremantle 24/5/1915 on the Mooltan as a Staff Nurse with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR); disembarking Egypt 15/6/1915 Served at the 15th General Hospital, Alexandria On the hospital ship run between the Persian Gulf and Bombay in July 1916 Promoted to Sister in August 1918 on the Hospital Ship Valdivia Returned to the UK 20/10/1919 and posted to Kitchener’s Military Hospital, Brighton on the 22/10/1919 pending repatriation Returned to Australia on the Megantic – embarking 9/1/1920 and arriving at Fremantle on the 13/2/1920 [December 1920 Kate Bridgman, Queen’s Home, SA, passed ATNA Exams in Obstetrics] Living “Dunblane”, Fullarton Rd, Highgate, SA in 1921 1925 Electoral Roll: 55 Lincoln St, Nth Perth – nurse Matron of School House, Guildford Grammar, WA c1926 – 1933 Married Donald Marsden Reginald COLLISSON early 1934 at Swan, WA (when she was 55) [Donald b.Dec Qtr 1889 London – son of Rev Reginald Kingsmill COLLISSON and Katherine Elizabeth GAMBLE (the family emigrated to Australia in 1896 – living Crafers, SA in 1916) Schoolmaster, Guildford Grammar, WA (for more than 25 years) WW1: Pte 5546, 28th Bn Died 13/1/1954 at a private hospital Swan, WA, aged 64] 1949 ER: Grammar School, East Guildford, WA (Donald – school master, Kate – home duties) 1954 ER: 56 Swan St, East Guildford, WA (Kate – home duties) Kate died on the 3rd of April 1954 at Royal Perth Hospital, WA, aged 75 Cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery and her ashes scattered The Bendigo Independent (Vic), Mon 11 Sept 1916 (p.7): IN THE PERSIAN GULF – A NURSE’S GRAPHIC NARRATIVE PERISHING FROM HEAT Sister Kate Bridgman, who is attached to the 15th General Hospital at Alexandria, but who has been on an hospital ship, conveying soldiers wounded in Mesopotamia from the Persian Gulf to Bombay, in writing to Mrs F. Bridgman, of Grace Street, Malvern, tells of the terrible heat in the Gulf, and its effect not only on the patients, but also on the staff, the nurses, and the crew. “Once again we are in Bombay,” writes Sister Bridgman on July 26, “after a run of ten days to the Persian Gulf and back I thought I would never be able to write to you again, for we have had an awful time. We left Bombay on a Thursday afternoon, and reached the Gulf on the next Tuesday afternoon. We could not go right up, so another boat had to bring our patients out to us. The transfer of the patients was long, tedious work, for the boys were very ill. Nearly all were stretcher cases. Oh, the heat! I’ve never felt the like. It was intense. Our wards are hot at any time, even with the electric fans and blowers; but it was just a little hell. “Our boys started off with heat strokes, and it took us all our time giving ice packs and trying to keep them alive. We worked hard until midnight, then felt thoroughly fagged, so had to leave the rest to the night staff, as we knew we had to face the music next morning. We tried to sleep on deck, but none closed their eyes, and the next morning things looked worse than ever. The air was still like fire, the patients worse, and then the orderlies went down with the heat, as also did our major, adjutant, the stewards, and the galley men. Everywhere there seemed to be men panting for breath. I’ll never forget it. “We had to occasionally snatch a few minutes to go up on deck to try and get a little more air. And the men – the wireless operator, the purser, the padre – were all so good. They had ice ready to our hands, and fanned us until we felt a little better. Our hearts and pulses were going like steam engines. We really wondered how much longer we could keep going. We could not eat, and we were kept up with beef tea and champagne. Oh, we had a few terrible days! Then a cool breeze came, and it was the life saver of many. Once again we were able to smile. “Our poor lads at Mesopotamia are having a bad time. The terrible heat, dust, pestilence, are worse than the bullets for them to face. More than ever they need the prayers of the home folks. For ourselves, I’m sure the prayers of our people sustained us and kept us going. We have felt terribly worn out and sleepy, so as we were going to stay in Bombay a few days we deemed it wise to come to Poona and have a good rest. Every unpleasant duty thus has its compensations. “Now for the pleasant part of it. We left Bombay at 8 a.m., and had a most enjoyable trip up, arriving here at 12.30. The country was absolutely glorious. Gorgeous were the green grass, the rice fields, the hills, the waterfalls, the gullies, the beautiful ferns, the colored crocuses. It made me think of our South Australian hills. We appreciated it all the more, for we have seen so little green grass since we left Australia. I’m sitting in the porch now. Luxurious easy chairs, small tables, a beautiful garden; all around ferns, palms, balsams, crocuses, all manner of gay flowers, with a huge fountain in the centre. Oh, it is all so restful! It is like a peep into Heaven. Now we almost forget our miseries of the previous week. “We are lucky people to have the chance of seeing so much. We will never be wealthy, for we spend all our cash. Still it is a great pleasure. Nevertheless, deep down in our hearts there is that great longing for our own home ones. When our work is finished here we will hail with delight our homeward trip. Oh, Home, Sweet Home, how much it means to all of us!” The West Australian, Fri 15 Dec 1933: SPEECH NIGHTS Guildford Grammar School ………………………………………………………………….. Staff Changes ……………………………………………. The other staff changes contemplated for 1934 are that Mr Collisson should be transferred to Henn’s House and Mr F.W. Johnson become house master of School House. Sister Bridgman, who has been matron of School House for the past seven years, has tendered her resignation in view of her approaching marriage. Boys and their parents will remember with gratitude Sister Bridgman’s kindness and attention. We wish her every happiness and are glad that, though her duties cease, the school will still retain her interest and assistance. News (Adelaide), Wed 27 Dec 1933 (p.6): TOWN GOSSIP Mrs Reginald Stuckey, of Fullarton, accompanied by her daughter Joan, will leave by the Manunda on Friday for Western Australia to be present at the wedding of her sister, Miss Bridgman, to Mr Donald Collisson. The general manager of the Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. (Mr F. Bridgman) and Mrs Bridgman are on their way from Sydney to Perth to attend the marriage of Miss Bridgman and Mr Donald Collisson. The West Australian, Thur 14 Jan 1954: DEATHS COLLISSON: On Jan 13, 1954, Donald M., after a short illness, dear husband of Kate, late of Guildford Grammar School. To be Privately cremated today. No flowers by request. The West Australian, Mon 5 Apr 1954: DEATHS COLLISSON: On April 3, 1954, at Royal Perth Hospital, Kate widow of the late Donald M.R. Collisson, of Guildford Grammar School, formerly member of the Queen Alexander Imperial Nursing Service (First World War) and sister Guildford Grammar School. The West Australian, Tue 6 Apr 1954: FUNERALS COLLISSON: A service for the late Mrs Kate Collisson, widow of Donald M.R. Collisson, of the Guildford Grammar School, will be conducted by the Ven Archdeacon Freeth, at the School Chapel, THIS (Tuesday) MORNING at 10 o’clock, to be followed by a Private Cremation at Karrakatta. Notes: Father’s Obit 1926: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/199267661 Husband’s Obit 1954: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/49611213 Presentation to Miss K Bridgman – leaving SA for WA 1908: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5127211