• Nina Macdonald

  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
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    • MacDONALD, Nina (Annie Christina) – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    Born Annie Christina on the 25th of March 1883 at Smythesdale, Vic – the eldest daughter of John MacDONALD and Margaret Josephine McDONALD, who married in Vic in 1882 Address in 1914: “Hillside,” No 379 Church St, Richmond John, formerly of the Construction Branch, Railway Department died 22/7/1914 Margaret’s address in 1917: 20 Darlington Pde, Richmond; and on Jack’s RoH Circular (1920’s) and in 1936: 120 Richmond Tce, Richmond Margaret died at her home in Richmond in February 1936 Siblings: Basilia Mary b.1885 Beechworth (Bas – Mrs A.T. McDonald, Condah); Ranald b.1887 Camp; Marguerita (Rita) b.1889 Yea; John (Jack) Chisholm b.1892 Hawthorn – WW1: Cpl 3901, 23rd Bn, KIA 3/5/1917; Hughina (Ina) b.1894 Ballarat 1909 Electoral Roll: Nina – Lucan St, Bendigo – Nurse 1914 ER: Annie Christina – 118 Powlett St, East Melb – Nurse 1915 Photo – Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 27 May 1915 (p.19): http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146577916 WW1: Having been accepted to serve with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve (QAIMNSR) Nina embarked in Melbourne 18/5/1915 on the Mooltan for Egypt, and disembarked at Suez on the 15/6/1915. She joined the 15th General Hospital at Alexandria for duty on the 16/6/1915. A month later on the 16/7/1915 she was transferred to the hospital ship Galeka, followed by the Caledonia on the 1/9/1915. In the UK from 20/3/1916 to the 31/3/1916, she embarked on the HS Devanha 1/4/1916 and disembarked at Alexandria 16/4/1916. She joined the 31st General Hospital for duty on the 17/4/1916. Granted 14 days Leave from the 4/10/1917 to the 17/10/1917 In February 1918 Nina asked to resign her appointment with the QAIMNSR at the termination of her present contract on the 18/5/1918. Confidential Report, Matron E.C. Cheetham, 31st GH, Abbassia, 24.2.18: Staff Nurse N. Macdonald has been with me since 16.4.16 & during that time her work has always been very good indeed. She is capable, conscientious & a good nurse & I can thoroughly recommend her for promotion to a higher rank which had I had a vacancy on my staff, she would have had while with my Unit. I can thoroughly recommend her for further military service. Her resignation having been accepted, she travelled to Suez on the 13/4/1918 where she embarked on the HS Kanowna 14/4/1918 for return to Australia – arriving on the 23/5/1918. Resident of the Trained Nurse’s Club, Lonsdale St, Melb in September 1921, when she wrote to the authorities about her Verification of Active Service with the QAIMNSR [NAA file MT1487/1] 1936 ER: Nina – 120 Richmond Tce, Richmond – Nurse – [also Hughina & Margarita] Following their mother’s death in February 1936, the house (& furniture) in Richmond Tce were auctioned off in the September of that year 1954 ER: Nina – 2 Davis Ave, Sth Yarra – Nurse [also Hughina] 1958 ER: Nina – 15 Marlton Cres, St Kilda Nth – Home duties [also Hughina] 1968, 1972 ER: Annie Christina (Nina) – 11 Evansdale Rd, Hawthorn – [also Hughina] Died on the 4th of October 1972 in Hawthorn, Vic, aged 89 Buried in the New Cheltenham Cemetery, Vic (with Basilia) Notes: Returned to Australia 23/5/1918 [AWM file 27 373/12] The Argus, Thur 23 Jul 1914 (p.1): DEATHS MACDONALD – On the 22nd July, 1914, at his residence “Hillside,” No 379 Church street, Richmond, John, the dearly beloved husband of Margaret, and loving father of Nina, Bas, Ranald, Rita, Jack, and Ina Macdonald, aged 72 years. (Formerly of the Construction Branch, Railway Department). By request, no flowers. Requiescat in pace. The Argus, Thur 26 Jul 1917 (p.1): DIED ON SERVICE MACDONALD, On the 3rd May, killed in action in France, Corporal John Chisholm (Jack), loved younger son of Margaret, 20 Darlington parade, Richmond, and the late John Macdonald, loved brother of Nina (on active service), Bas (Mrs A.T. McDonald, Condah), Ranald, Rita, and Ina, aged 25 years. R.I.P. Obit & Photo for John Chisholm MacDonald: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/152182750 A letter to his brother (& photo): http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/93810663 The Argus, Sat 29 Feb 1936 (p.17): DEATHS MACDONALD – At her residence, 120 Richmond terrace, Richmond, Margaret, widow of John, loved mother of Nina, Bas, Ranald, Rita, Jack (deceased), Ina. Requiescat in pace. (Privately interred)