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    • BROWNFIELD, Constance (Patricia Constance; Connie) – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 5 March 2018

    Born Patricia Constance on the 10th of September 1886 at Ballarat, Vic – daughter of Edward BROWNFIELD and his second wife Victoria LANDLES, who married in Vic in 1883 Victoria died in1890, and Edward, a Civil Engineer, born Co. Tyrone, died 11/12/1897 Sibling: George Samuel b.1883 Ballarat, Vic – WW1: Cpl 4451, 11th Bn – d.2/7/1930 Wooroloo, WA; [Half siblings: Jack V.; William E.; Arthur Thomas (3rd son) – d.13/11/1915 Perth] Educated at the Ballarat Girls High School Trained in nursing at Perth Public Hospital from the 9/9/1912 to 9/9/1915, and stayed on as a Staff Nurse until 7/1/1916 at which time she left to take up private nursing Passed her examination for membership to the Australian Trained Nurses Association (ATNA) in June 1915, WA WW1: Together with Catherine Wignall, Connie embarked at Fremantle 30/5/1916 on the SS Osterley, with the intent of travelling to England – however, they disembarked at Cape Town and nursed for 8 months in Sth Africa – base: Alexander Nurses Institute, Durban (Sept 1916) In January 1917 Connie and Catherine then continued their journey to England, embarking at Natal, Sth Africa on the Walmer Castle, arriving London on the 28/3/1917. Immediately on arrival they applied to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), and were informed of their acceptance on the 30/3/1917. Both ladies were then posted to the Royal Herbert Hospital at Woolwich on the 14/4/1917. Due to her mother’s ill health, Catherine returned to Australia in 1918, but Connie continued to serve at the RHH, until she too applied for repatriation home in August 1919. Connie returned to Fremantle, WA, on the Megantic, embarking 9/1/1920 She was a resident of 3 Campbell St, West Perth in Jan 1921 Bush Nursing in the Blessington district, Tas 1922 to 1926 Sat for and passed the ATNA exam in Obstetrics May 1923 Matron of the local hospital at Adamsfield, Tas 1927 to 1930 Married Charles Arthur Prouse in February 1928 at Adamsfield, Tas [Charles, b.c1891 White River, Tas – son of Thomas – WW1: Pte 3623, 15th Bn] Returned to WA at the end of 1930 Living Mount Top, Mundaring, WA 1931, 1936, 1943, 1949, 1954 (Charles was Poultry Farming) Connie died on the 3rd of September 1956 at Mundaring, WA, aged 69 Cremated Karrakatta Cemetery – Crematorium Rose Garden D, 0062 Charles died 26/2/1960 Mundaring and his ashes are interred with his wife’s The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 21 Jun 1917 (p.3): Mainly About People Nurses Catherine Wignall and C. Brown, [sic] who arrived in England from W.A. a few weeks ago, have been accepted by the War Office for service in the Q.A.I.M.N.S. Reserve. The News (Hobart, Tas), Tue 15 Sept 1925 (p.3): BUSH NURSES Blessington Sister Brownfield remained in charge of this centre during the year. She rents the school house. In addition to the transport provided in this centre, Sister Brownfield has her own car, which she utilises for urgent cases. The work carried out was as follows: – Visits to nurse, 6; visits to patients, 72; nursing days, 88; midwifery cases, 7; clinic visits, 122; mileage, 2805. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Tue 13 Apr 1926 (p.3): OUR COUNTRY SERVICE BLESSINGTON Some three years ago a “Bush Nursing” service was established in this district by forming a nursing area embracing a portion of the Evandale Municipality, and portion of that of St Leonards, and Sister Brownfield was appointed to the position, and according to the public health report she has covered the greatest mileage of any nurse in the service throughout the State;…………………….. Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Thur 2 Sept 1926 (p.6): BLESSINGTON A POPULAR BUSH NURSE Three and a half years ago Sister P.C. Brownfield took up the initial appointment in the Blessington district, a service established jointly by the two councils, Evandale and S Leonards. She is now leaving to take a well-earned holiday trip to West Australia to see her people, whom she has not seen since she enlisted and served through the recent Great War. ………………………………………………… Circular Head Chronicle (Stanley, Tas), Wed 8 Jun 1927 (p.2): REDPA Nurse D.N. Church of Redpa has been granted six weeks’ leave, and is being relieved by Nurse Brownfield of Hobart. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Thur 30 Jun 1927 (p.3): DISTRICT NEWS ADAMSFIELD A concert and dance were held at Adamsfield last Saturday night to welcome Nurse P.C. Brownfield, who has commenced duty here as matron of the local hospital. Miss Brownfield was an A.I.F. nurse and served three years abroad, and also served with the Imperial Army. She relates interesting experiences of South Africa, having lived in that country for some time. She is an Australian, and with her world-wide travel and professional experience, coupled with a striking personality, her services here to the diggers should be crowned with success. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Wed 29 Feb 1928 (p.9): DISTRICT NEWS ADAMSFIELD A concert and dance were held in Symmons’s Hall last week to celebrate the first wedding at Adamsfield, that of Mr C Prouse and Miss P.C. Brownfield. Mrs Prouse is the matron of the local hospital, and formerly served with the Australian Imperial force, as did Mr Prouse, who was with the 15th Battalion. Mr Prouse has the distinction of having discovered the largest osmiridium nugget found in the State. It weighed 4oz 6dwt 6gr, and was located at Warner’s Creek, in the Heazlewod district. ………………………………………………. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Fri 7 Mar 1930 (p.8): The Work of a Bush Nurse The rigours of the times of the earliest settlers were recalled yesterday by a talk with Sister Prouse (formerly Sister Brownfield), of Adamsfield, who has been spending a month’s holiday in Hobart. Houses of split timber lined with scrim, furniture made of old petrol cases, and floors covered with malthoid suggest a Spartan simplicity to which Sister Prouse’s healthy looks do credit. She went as one of the nurses of the Southern Tasmanian Bush Nursing Association three years ago, and has since then seen a great betterment in living conditions, although all supplies have still to be brought by packhorses from Fitzgerald, 26 miles away, along a corduroy road, which makes riding a torture. Sister Prouse’s main work lies in ministering to cases of sickness among the miners, but a month ago she ushered into the world a little girl, the second child born in the settlement. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Mon 17 Nov 1930 (p.6): FAREWELL TO BUSH NURSE Sister Prouse, of Adamsfield The Mayoress (Mrs J Soundy), a vice-president, presided at a gathering of members of the Southern Tasmanian Bush Nursing Association at the Imperial on Friday morning to bid farewell to Sister Prouse, bush nurse, of Adamsfield, who has resigned, and left on Saturday en route for West Australia. Sister Prouse has given seven years to bush nursing, three and a half years at Blessington, and three and a half at Adamsfield. The Mayoress presented a blackwood souvenir to Sister Prouse from those present, and Mrs T. H. Goddard (vice-president) presented a posy of flowers. She said the association was sorry to lose her services as she had done wonderful work in building up the centre at Adamsfield. Sister Prouse returned thanks. Sister Prouse was also farewelled at Adamsfield by the diggers, and received a presentation. Sister Amy Johnston has succeeded Sister Prouse. Notes: Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Thur 25 Nov 1915: DEATHS BROWNFIELD – On the 13th November, at Perth, Arthur Thomas Brownfield, third son of the late Edward Brownfield, of Ballarat, Victoria, beloved brother of Nurse Brownfield, Public Hospital, Perth; J.V. and Private Brownfield, Perth; and W.E. Brownfield, Coolgardie. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Fri 26 Nov 1915 (p.31): DEATHS BROWNFIELD – On November 14, at Perth Public Hospital, Arthur Thomas, late of 3 Campbell-street, West Perth, dearly loved brother of Jack, Will, George, and Connie Brownfield, aged 36 years. Deeply regretted. Victorian papers please copy. Western Mail Thur 10 Jul 1930: DEATHS BROWNFIELD – On July 2, at Wooroloo, George Samuel Brownfield, of Newdegate, late 11th Battalion, A.I.F., youngest son of the late Edward Brownfield, Ballarat, Victoria, aged 46 years.