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    • MacKENZIE, Jessie Agnes – Staff Nurse, AVH / QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 18 December 2017

    Jessie was born on the 19th of August 1866 at Burlington St, East Collingwood, Vic – the daughter of Alexander MacKENZIE and Mary PARKHILL, who married in Vic in 1865 Mary died on the 28/3/1874 at Collingwood (most likely in childbirth), aged 27 Alexander, a Compositor, was also deceased by 1897 Siblings: Christina b.1870 – marr O.R.P. MULLER 16/11/1897 at her Grandparent’s home ‘Aldersyde’, Moonee Ponds – d.7/3/1901 NSW; William b.1872; Alexander b.&d.1873; Alexander b.1874 Educated at a Private School in East Melbourne and Mr Croft’s School, Wandiligong, Vic Trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW from April 1901 (giving her age as 27) – leaving in 1905 to take up private nursing Returned to the RPA from at least 1913, and on Leave of Absence from the 9/9/ 1914 in order to join the war effort. Her latest position being as a Senior Surgical Sister in charge of a Ward with 93 beds. [1913 Electoral Roll: Jessie Agnes Mackenzie – nurse, RPA Hospital, Camperdown, NSW] WW1: Travelling to the UK on the SS Mooltan in order join the Army Nursing Service, Jessie arrived at Tilbury Docks on the 14/11/1914 She instead joined the Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH) as a Staff Nurse and crossed to them at Wimereux, France on the 21/12/1914 Transferred to Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 1/7/1916 when the AVH was taken over by the British and renamed the 32nd Stationary Hospital (SH). Giving her DOB as 19th August 1876 East Melbourne, Vic (taking 10 years off her age) Next of kin: her Aunt, Mrs J.C. Kaighin, Aldersyde, Vine St, Moonee Ponds, Vic [Joseph Caine KAIGHIN marr Margaret/Maggie PARKHILL in 1881 Vic] Having remained at 32nd SH after the take-over, she was then transferred to the 18th General Hospital on the 5/12/1916, at which time it was noted that her health, conduct and character were ‘Very good’, and she was a ‘Very good Surgical Nurse’ Posted to the hospital at Hardelot 2/3/1917, then the 24th General Hospital 14/6/1917 Confidential Report, Matron, 24th Gen Hosp: Staff Nurse Mackenzie “She is an excellent nurse; very attentive to her patients – very hard working. She trains her orderlies well. Her ward is always beautifully kept. She is good-tempered, tactful, self-reliant. Her judgement is good. She has acted as Sister of a ward for sometime and her work in that capacity has been quite satisfactory.” Leave to Cannes 24/2/1918 to 9/3/1918 Leave 19/11/1918 to 3/12/1918 To 41 A.T., Etaples 12/3/1919 Posted to 57th General Hospital, Marseilles 4/7/1919 Confidential Report, Matron, 57th Gen Hosp, 18/10/1919: “Miss J.A. MacKenzie joined this Unit 4/7/1919, leaving 16/9/1919 for repatriation to Australia. Her administrative capability and professional ability were quite up to the standard of her rank - power of initiative and ability for instructing others – tactful even tempered, reliable and self reliant, her influence generally was for good. No special qualifications, excellent Medical Nurse. Well suited to fill the position of Sister.” Following her wish to be repatriated back to Australia she was transferred to the UK on the 19/9/1919, and posted the next day to the Wharncliffe War Hospital at Sheffield for temporary duty whilst awaiting repatriation Returned to Australia on the Megantic, embarking 9/1/1920 and arriving Woolloomooloo Bay on the morning of 27/2/1920 [her temporary engagement terminated on the date of embarkation] 1930 Electoral Roll: Jessie Agnes Mackenzie – nurse, RPA Hospital, Camperdown, NSW 1933 ER: Nurse – Faivern Hospital, Strathfield, NSW Jessie died on the 31st September 1937 at Drummoyne, NSW Cremated at Rookwood The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 22 Aug 1866 (p.4): BIRTHS MACKENZIE – On the 19th inst., at Burlington-street, East Collingwood, Mrs Alexander Mackenzie of a daughter. The Sun (Sydney, NSW), Sun 31 Oct 1915 (p.8): HOSPITAL HELPS ARMY …………………………………………….. A list prepared by the hospital authorities shows that the following have joined the forces from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: …………………………………………………………………………………. Australian Voluntary Hospital at Wimereux: Sister J.A. Mackenzie, and Nurses E. McGregor and M. Baxter. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221917557 The Mirror of Australia (Sydney, NSW), Sat 13 Nov 1915 (p.17): Through the Eyes of a Woman At Home and Abroad Dr Katie Ardill, writing to her parents from Calais, France, gives an interesting account of the work being done by Australians. She mentions a visit to the Australian Hospital at Wimereux in company with a former Coast Hospital nurse, Miss Fletcher, now Matron of the Boulogne headquarters of the British Red Cross and Order of St John. At Wimereux she met Drs Edye and MacDonald, two former medicos of Prince Alfred Hospital, and Sister Mackenzie, a former sister of the same hospital. Dr Ardill states that the Australian Hospital is in a magnificent position, right on the cliff overlooking the sea. It is excellently equipped and a credit to the Commonwealth. …………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104643561 The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 2 Oct 1937: FUNERALS MACKENZIE – The Funeral of the late Miss JESSIE AGNES MACKENZIE will leave our Chapel, … George Street, THIS SATURDAY, at 11.30am for the Crematorium, Rookwood.