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    • HAYES, Blanche Mary – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 2 January 2022

    Blanche was born on the 23rd of September 1885 at Cawthorne Cottage, Marine Parade, St Kilda, Vic – the daughter of Joseph Patrick HAYES and Henrietta EVANS, who married on the 9/7/1879 at St Francis’s Church, Melbourne Joseph, of the Crown Lands Office, died on the 23/7/1902 at the family home, “Garryowen” Parkville, aged 54; Henrietta also died at their home a month later, on the 22/8/1902, aged 48 Siblings: Annie Keegan b.1882 – marr C.O. STAITE 30/5/1908; *Henrietta Agnes (Hettie) b.20/10/1888 St Kilda – marr Arthur Joseph DEAKIN 17/10/1912 – living Brisbane 1919 – d.22/2/1967 Kew; *Joseph Aloysius Patrick b.9/9/1890 – marr Mizpah Gladys HANNA 18/5/1912 – Clerk – WW1: 2874/ Lieut, 2nd Pioneers – Newspaper Manager (NZ) – div.1934; Eileen Agnes b.1894 Educated at the Presentation Convent, Windsor Trained in nursing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Member of the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association – passing her final exam in December 1909 In 1912 Blanche was a bridesmaid at her sister Hettie’s wedding 1914 Electoral Roll: 32 Charnwood Rd, St Kilda - nurse WW1 Service: Having accepted the position of Staff Nurse with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, Blanche embarked on the Mooltan 15/5/1915 together with 35 fellow nurses who were also joining the QAIMNSR. They disembarked in Egypt on the 15/6/1915, and she immediately joined the 19th General Hospital at Alexandria for duty. On the 27/4/1916 she was posted for duty on the hospital ship Braemar Castle and it sailed for Salonica on the 28th, arriving on the 1/5/1916. Having embarked patients on the 3rd they sailed for Malta on the 4th, where they arrived and disembarked their patients on the 7/5/1916. Patients for England were then embarked on the 12/5/1916, and they arrived at Southampton on the 20th. On the 1/6/1916 the ship set sail again for Alexandria, Egypt, arriving on the 11th. Orders were received on the 3/7/1916 to once again proceed to Salonica, and four trips with patients from Salonica to Malta then followed. Blanche was then transferred ashore at Malta on the 22/8/1916, before the ship left for England the next day. The Braemar Castle returned to Malta on the 20/9/1916, and Blanche rejoined for duty on the 21st and the ship sailed for Alexandria, arriving on the 24th. She was promoted to Sister on the 1/10/1916 Disembarked Malta ex HS Essequibo (nerve strain) 27/11/1916 Blanche then served on the HS Grantully Castle until they arrived at Port Augusta, Sicily, on the 16/12/1916, where along with 467 patients she was transhipped to the HS Aquitania for the voyage to the UK. The Aquatania left that same day, experiencing rough sea and high winds on the 18th and again on the 20th, finally arriving at Southampton on the 22nd where all patients were disembarked, and the ship remained in dock. By the 3/1/1917 all nursing Sisters had also left the ship. Disembarked Alexandria 25/2/1917 ex Dunluce Castle Joined for duty at the 27th General Hospital, Cairo 5/3/1917 Admitted to 31 General Hospital 15/10/1918 Rejoined the 27th GH from hospital 10/11/1918 Resigned her appointment at the completion of her contract Returned to Australia on the Kildonian Castle embarking 2/4/1919 [Together with fellow Nurses Ruth Bottle, Kathleen Conway, Blanche Geary, Lilian McManus, Marjorie Pearson and Jessie Reeves] Service terminated on the 5/5/1919 Blanche was living at 21A Motherwell St, Toorak in 1921 She married James Alfred WILKINS on the 12th of October 1925 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne James Alfred Wilkins, of Heywood House, Tenby, Sth Wales, (age 40, Engineer) travelled to Melb, Australia on the Maloja, departing UK 28/8/1925 Born 1884 Narbeth, Pembrokeshire (baptized 4/4/1884) – the son of Alfred John and Jane Child: Daughter b.4/8/1926 New Farm, Brisbane Living Lynwood, Welsby St, Merthyr, Brisbane in 1926; 166 Alma Rd, Caulfield in 1928; Spring St, Moss Vale, NSW 1930, 1958 Blanche died on the 2nd of December 1958 at Moss Vale, NSW James died on the 9/5/1974 at the War Veterens Hospital, Narrabeen, NSW (formerly of Moss Vale) The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 26 Sept 1885 (p.1): BIRTHS HAYES – On the 23rd inst., at Cawthorne-cottage, Marine-parade, St Kilda, Mrs Joseph Hayes of a daughter. Weekly Times (Melb, Vic), Sat 8 Jan 1910 (p.14): TRAINED NURSES – RECENT EXAMINATION – SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES The following is a list of the candidates who passed the recent examinations for membership of the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association, held recently: – ……………………………… St Vincent’s Hospital – Agnes Connell, Blanche Hayes, …………………. The Age (Melb, Vic), Thur 20 May 1915 (p.7): THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCES – NURSES FOR THE FRONT A further compliment of nurses in leaving Australia for service………….. They will be accompanied as far as their destination by a party of staff nurses, recruited in Australia for service with the R.A.M.C. ………………………………… R.A.M.C. NURSES The following nurses are leaving to join the R.A.M.C.: – Victoria – Nurses B. Hayes, Manson, Fowler, Reeves, V. Foote, Gawler, Mauger, N. McDonald, M.W. Greene, Howman, Day, E. Campbell, Ford, W.A.C. Gilliland. South Australia – Nurses, E.M. Tranaman, J. Buchan, M.H. Barry, L.E. Barrow, V. Scott, B.E. Veit. Queensland – Nurses M. Chapman, M. McGrath, S. Beaver, D. Raff, A. Corfield, D. Sexton, B. Geary, C. Berrie. Western Australia – Nurses C. Cespard, R. Bottle, R. Gibbs, K. Ryan, M. Scanlan, K. Bridgeman. Tasmania – Nurses I. Coffey and H. Twelvetrees. Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 12 Jun 1919 (p.29): SOCIAL Miss Blanche Hayes has returned home after four and a half years with the Imperial Army Nursing Service. She was in Egypt, Salonica and Malta, and also attached to hospitals in England. She had the unfortunate experience of being torpedoed twice within six months when doing duty on hospital ships. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Tue 1 Jul 1919 (p.4): WOMEN’S WORLD Sister Blanche Hayes left on Wednesday for Brisbane. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 31 Oct 1925 (p.17): MARRIAGES WILKINS – HAYES. On the 12th October, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, by Rev. M. I O’Brien, James, fourth son of the late Mr Alfred John Wilkins of Lastegate [?], Narbeth, South Wales, to Blanche, third daughter of late Mr and Mrs Joseph P. Hayes, Parkville. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 7 Aug 1926 (p.15): BIRTHS WILKINS (nee Blanche Hayes) – On the 4th August, at Lynwood, Welsby street, New Farm, Brisbane, the wife of James Wilkins – a daughter.