• A E Mckibbin

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    • McKIBBIN, Annie Elizabeth – Sister, QAIMNSR (ARRC & MID x2)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 9 April 2015

    Born (Eliza Ann) in 1875 Bathurst, NSW – daughter of Thomas McKIBBIN (Farmer) & Ann McCLEARY, who married at Bathurst in 1870 Ann died at their home in Macquarie Plains (near Bathurst) 22/3/1907, age 63 Thomas died in 1924, aged 90 Siblings (born Bathurst): Thomas Robert b.1871 (Test Cricketer) – d.1939; Samuel b.1873 (Grazier – d.1957; Mary (Music Teacher); Rachel b.1880 (Teacher, Dubbo) – d.1963; Agnes b.1883 – marr Frederick (Eric) P.W. SLADE 1911 Bathurst Educated Bathurst High School Trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Matron of Wellington District Hospital, NSW Apr 1910 – May 1912 Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney May 1912 – WW1: Embarked on the Malwa 6/4/1915 for Egypt, and joined for duty with the QAIMNSR 4/5/1915 at 17th General Hospital, Alexandria [Annie gave her youngest sister Agnes’s address as her home address – C/- Mrs F.P. Slade, Keppel St, Bathurst] Proceeded to Port Said for duty 14/9/1915 Disembarked in Egypt 19/10/1915 from duty on the HS Egypt and returned to the 17th GH Embarked at Alexandria on HS Formosa 13/6/1916 and struck off strength of 17th GH Mentioned in Despatches of General Sir John Maxwell, K.C.B. June 1916 Egypt Military Hospital, Ripon 7/3/1917 Hospitalized with Diptheria 20/12/18 Medical Board at Ripon 21/1/1919 – granted sick leave to 20/2/19 – passed fit for General Service 17/2/1919 Confidential Report, A/Matron Harries, Ripon Mil Hosp 22/5/19 (p.13 SR): “Miss A.E. McKibbon has worked as a Sister in this hospital since 7/3/17. She has been in charge of the Isolation Hospital, where she has done very good work, & has had a very good influence over her staff.” RTA on the Osterley, embarking 21/5/1919 for Sydney – arriving 8/7/1919 Her service terminating 26/6/1919 (36 days after embarkation) Sister, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Newtown, Sydney Aug 1920 Letter in NAA file dated Aug 1920: “I went out under contract to the QAIMNSR in 1915. During my period of war service I gained the RRC 2nd Class & was twice mentioned in despatches. Am I entitled to wear any decoration in the latter? If so, will you kindly let me know.” Matron of the Women’s National Reserve Residential Nursery, Newtown, Wellington, NZ from 1921 until her retirement in 1941 Her sister Rachel left Dubbo in Dec 1924 to holiday with her in NZ Living in Otaki 1939 Address at death: Otaki Beach, Otaki, NZ Died on the 11/8/1954 in the Palmerston North Public Hospital, NZ, age 79 – and cremated on the 13th at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery & Crematorium Wellington Times (NSW), Thur 2 Feb 1911 (p.3): WELLINGTON HOSPITAL MATRON Miss Suttor resigned her position of matron in April last after 7 years of excellent service in order to take a similar position in the Bathurst Hospital, and the vacancy was filled by the appointment of Miss A.E. McKibbin, a lady with the highest credentials, and who has proved herself highly efficient. Wellington Times (NSW), Thur 2 May 1912 (p.5): DEPARTURE OF THE MATRON PRESENTATION AT THE HOSPITAL A very pleasing function took place at the Wellington Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, when the members of the committee and a number of friends of the matron, Miss McKibbin, met to make her a presentation on the eve of her departure from Wellington to take up a position in Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. ……………………………………………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/137880778 Wellington Times (NSW), Mon 3 Feb 1913 (p.2): WELLINGTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL The president also moved a vote of thanks to the matron, nursing staff, and Nurse McKibbin, the late matron, who had given entire satisfaction, not only to the committee, but to all the patients. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Mon 5 Jul 1915 (p.4): Wounded Six Times PRIVATE RYAN’S EXPERIENCES Private J.G. Ryan, of Brewongle, writes from Victoria College Hospital, Alexandria, ………… under date May 7: ………………………………………………………………………………. We have a Nurse McKibbon, who was a matron somewhere up the Western line, I don’t know where. I have not seen her yet. One of the Sisters told me of her being here. …………………………….. The Bathurst Times (NSW), Sat 22 Dec 1917 (p.4): A WOMAN’S WAY Miss Rachel McKibbin is staying with her sister, Mrs Eric Slade. Miss McKibbin has a sister nursing at the front. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Tue 8 Jul 1919 (p.1): For Women Mrs Eric Slade is expecting her sister, Nurse McKibben, [sic] home after four years active service abroad. Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of Tuesdayy, the 29th July 1919: War Office, 31st July 1919 His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Royal Red Cross to the under-mentioned Ladies in recognition of their valuable nursing services in connection with the War: - …………………………………………………………………………. Awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class: Miss Annie Elizabeth McKibbin, Sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., Military Hospital, Ripon. Kai Tiaki: the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Vol XIV, Issue 3, Jul 1921, p.163: Resignations, Appointments, Etc Miss McKibbin, who has been appointed matron of the Women’s National Reserve Residential Nursery, Newtown, was trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and has taken her course of training as a Plunket nurse at Karitane. Press (NZ), Vol LXI, Issue 18286, 21 Jan 1925, p.2: WOMEN’S CORNER Mrs Wilson, Miss Aidie, Miss Walker (Queensland), Miss R. McKibbin (Dubbo, New South Wales), and Miss A. McKibbin (Wellington) are amongst recent arrivals at the Royal Hotel. Evening Post (NZ), Vol CXXVIII, Issue 86, 9 Oct 1939, p.12: NURSERY REOPENED – RENOVATIONS INSPECTED ……………………………………………………… The floral decorations were much admired, especially a number of tulips, ranunculi, and primroses from the matron’s garden at Otaki. …………………………………………… The matron (Miss McKibbin) received the guests, …………………………………….. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19391009.2.107.9&srpos=7&e=-------10--1----0mckibbin+otaki-- Evening Post (NZ), Vol CXXXII, Issue 8, 9 Jul 1941, p.10: TWO RETIREMENTS TWENTY YEARS’ SERVICE TO W.N.R. At a recent meeting of the Women’s National Reserve reference was made to the retirement of Matron McKibbin and Sister McWhirter, who have been in charge of the Residential Nursery (W.N.R.) for over twenty years. Matron McKibbin gave her whole-hearted devotion to the work, and her skill and administrative ability placed the nursery on a sure foundation. It is certain that there are many fathers and mothers who are grateful to her for the care bestowed upon their small children. Sister McWhirter ably supported the matron in the work. The executive and committee of the W.N.R. were anxious to give a farewell tea to both to show their appreciation of the work done for so many years, but they asked to be allowed to retire without any formal ceremony, and their wishes were respected.