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    • HOOKE, Louisa Augusta – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Tuesday, 6 November 2018

    Louisa was born on the 10th of December 1872 (not 1873) at Hambleton Hill, near Singleton, NSW – the third daughter of Augustus HOOKE and Louisa Barbara MacKAY, who had married in Dungog, NSW in 1864. Augustus, a Grazier and breeder of thoroughbred horses, had purchased the Hambleton Hill Estate, of approximately 840 acres, in April 1870, which he later sold in September 1882 – the family then moved to the Tia River Run, Walcha. Having retired some years earlier, Augustus died at home in Drummoyne on the 14/10/1906, aged 75. While Louisa was still serving overseas, her mother Louisa (sen.) who was living at Erribol, Stanhope Road, Killara, died at Killara on the 8/7/1918. Siblings (8): *Adelaide Ann b.1865 Dungog – marr Wm Hooke MACKAY 3/12/1885; *Augustus b.1866 – d.1921; *Sybella Louis b.1868 – marr BADGERY; *Kenneth McKenzie b.11/1/1871 Hambleton Hill – d.13/12/1886 of Typhoid; *Harold Horatio b.21/1/1875 – d.24/2/1977 HH, age 2; *Frances Leonora b.14/6/1877 HH – marr DENNE; *Emily Isabella Mackay b.1880 – d.29/8/1916 at Erribol; *Alfred Guy Boyce b.1883 –d.1887, age 4 Educated at home by a Governess and Tutors, Louisa then went to the Claremont College, Sydney. She trained in nursing at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from May 1897 to July 1900 – leaving the hospital in December 1900, having held the positions of Theatre Nurse, Head Nurse, and Acting Charge Nurse She was then only employed in home nursing, nursing 4 relatives during this time 1907 saw her travel to the East, sailing on the Empire 6/3/1907 and returning to Sydney from Hong Kong on the 20/11/1907 on the Nikko-Maru In 1914 Louisa travelled to England with her mother on the RMS Malwa, departing Sydney on the 15/4/1914. Following the outbreak of war, they departed London on the 14/11/1914 on the Maloja for return to Australia. Upon reaching Colombo, Louisa must have had second thoughts and disembarked with intentions of returning to England. Eventually boarding the RMS Ophir in Colombo, she disembarked at Plymouth on the 3/2/1915. WW1 Service: She served for a fortnight at the VAD Convalescent Hospital at Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire; before applying to join the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 6/4/1915. Accepted as a Staff Nurse with the QAIMNSR on the 15/5/1915, she was asked on the 21st if she was available for duty at Gibraltar, and having accepted, was posted there on the 3/6/1915. Confidential Report of Matron, Gibraltar, 30/10/1915: “Staff Nurse Hooke has served under me since June 1915. Her knowledge of practical nursing is good, her administrative capacity fair. She is handicapped by having done no nursing for some years, but I find she is recovering her past knowledge and daily becoming more efficient. She is very zealous, keenly interested in her work and her patients, reliable and becoming more self-reliant. The ward is not always quite smartly kept but her patients are always thoroughly well cared for. She has not during this period acted in a rank higher than that she at present holds. I consider her fitted for promotion in due course.” In February 1916 she was transferred to the St Davids Hospital at Malta, where she served until the 24/5/1916. While in Malta she was able to attend the first Anzac Day ceremony at the Cemetery – one of her photos being published in The Daily Telegraph (NSW) in November 1919. Following her request to be returned to England, she was posted to Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham on the 19/6/1916. She was at the the Sycamore Road War Hospital, Nottingham in January 1918, and continued serving in Nottingham until the 18/5/1919 – during which time she was promoted to Sister on the 1/6/1917. During this time, she also went before a Medical Board in December 1916, having been suffering physical weakness, dyspepsia and loss of weight. Found unfit for duty, she was granted 3 weeks leave. A further Medical Board on the 5/2/1917 found her once again fit for duty. The following year she was on ordinary Leave from the Sycamore Road War Hospital, Nottingham in January 1918, and her right arm had been very painful when she went on Leave. Unable to return to duty she was ordered before a Medical Board on the 5/2/1918 where it was established that she had originally suffered Neuritis in the arm back in 1913 in Australia – her Leave was extended for a further 3 weeks. On the 26/4/1919 she requested to be allowed to resign on completion of her contract, following advice from the Office of Repatriation that a passage to Australia would probably be available to her in the May. She was demobilised on the 19/5/1919, and embarked on the 4/6/1919 on the Bremen for return her return home. Back in NSW she was living at Killara where she was a member of the Killara Associates (Golf Club) in 1921 Having been in the UK again, she departed London on the Chitral 2/12/1927, passing through Fremantle on the 2/1/1928 Towards the end of that same year Louisa returned to England yet again, on the Mooltan, arriving London on the 30/11/1928 – with the intention of remaining for some time. She returned to Australia in 1930, departing London on the Mongolia 5/9/1930 1933, 1936 Electoral Rolls: 29 Stanhope Rd, Killara, NSW – home duties Louisa died on the 25th of April 1938 at a private hospital, Sydney – late of Erribol, Stanhope Road, Killara. She was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River….. (NSW), Sat 14 Dec 1872 (p.1): BIRTH At Hambleton Hill, Singleton, on the 10th December, the wife of Augustus Hooke, of a daughter. The Sun (Sydney, NSW), Mon 2 Sept 1918 (p.6): Bequest for a Trip Abroad The will of the late Mrs Louisa Barbara Hooke, of Powell-street, Killara, widow, has, for probate purposes, been sworn at £22,218. She bequeathed £500 to her daughter, Nurse Louisa Augusta Hooke, and her granddaughter, Barbara Denne, to enable them to take a trip abroad after the war. Five shares in the Solomon Islands’ Development Co. and £500 she bequeathed to her son, Augustus Hooke, and the residue of her estate she left for the benefit of her three married daughters and Nurse Louisa Augusta Hooke. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 3 Sep 1918 (p.8): LATE MRS L.B. HOOKE Probate has been granted of the will of the late Mrs Louisa Barbara Hooke (widow of Mr Augustus Hooke, of Tia Run, Walcha), who died at Killara on July 8 last. The testatrix appointed as executors and trustees of her will Mr Augustus Hooke and William Hooke Mackay. The net value of the estate is 22,219 pounds, of which 13,895 pounds is realty. To her son, Augustus, Mrs Hooke devised five shares in the Solomon Islands Development Company and 500 pounds in cash. The residue of the estate is left to the daughters of the testatrix. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 26 Apr 1938 (p.12): DEATHS – April 25, 1938 at a private hospital, Louisa Augusta of Erribol, Stanhope Road, Killara, daughter of the late Augustus Hooke, sen. of Tia River, Walcha. English papers please copy. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 26 Apr 1938 (p.11): FUNERALS HOOKE – The Funeral of the late LOUISA AUGUSTA HOOKE will leave our Private Mortuary Chapel, 265 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, opposite War Memorial, Hyde Park, THIS TUESDAY, at 2.15pm, for the Northern Suburbs Crematorium. Service at the Crematorium will take place at 3pm.