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    • DILNOT, Emily – Staff Nurse (AARC), QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 25 March 2021

    Emily was born on the 19th of January 1887 in Hamilton, Vic – the daughter of George DILNOT and Frances Emily WALLIS, who married in Camberwell, London on the 20/9/1881 The couple emmigrated to Australia on the Midlothian, arriving in Sydney on the 16/1/1882 George, an Accountant, Auctioneer, and Commission Agent, died suddenly on the 29/11/1892 at the family home in Hamilton, Vic, aged 40. Siblings: *Frances Harriet b.5/1/1883 Sandhurst, Vic (Sister of Mercy) – d.1972 Bournemouth, UK; *Ethel b.1885 Hamilton – d.29/6/1893 Surrey, UK (age 8); *Sydney George b.1889 Hamilton – d.26/5/1893 Kent, UK (age 4); *Arthur Henry b.23/9/1890 Hamilton, Vic (Motorman, Tram Employee, Orchardist, Traveller) – WW1: Dvr 31401, 36th HAB, AIF, enl 10/11/16, RTA 11/5/19 – marr Lillian May Young 1939 – d.3/5/1941 at Royal Melbourne Hospital, (buried with his mother) Educated at home with a Governess and at a Private School Following her father’s death the family moved back to England where her brother Sydney died of Meningitis in May 1893, followed by her sister Ethel in the June. In 1901, aged 14, Emily was living with her mother (a Lodging Housekeeper) and 10 year old brother Arthur in Herne Bay, Christchurch, Kent She trained in nursing at St Giles Infirmary, Camberwell, England, from the 21/2/1908 to the 21/2/1911 – leaving her position on the 12/10/1912 to return to Australia She returned to Australia on the Runic, embarking 17/10/1912 and arriving in Sydney on the 2/12/1912 Her mother and brother Arthur who had returned to Australia in 1910, were living at 6 Havelock St, St Kilda, Vic Emily was employed as a Staff Nurse at a Private Hospital in Moonee Ponds, Vic, 9/12/1912 to 12/5/1913 (or 1914), and then at Mena House Private Hospital, 19 Simpson St, East Melbourne 12/9/1913 (or 1914) to the 26/4/1916 In 1916 she travelled to England on the Omrah with her mother, arriving 16/6/1916 Employed as a Night Superintendent at St Giles Infirmary, Camberwell from the 22/6/1916 to the time of her enrolment for war service WW1 Service: Interviewed for service with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) on the 8/11/1916 By this time her mother had returned to Australia, and she gave her sister, Harriet, as her nearest relative, living at the House of Retreat, Lloyd Square, London Having been accepted as a Staff Nurse with the QAIMNSR, she served at the Central Military Hospital, Fort Pitt, Chatham, England from the 13/1/1917 to the 9/7/1919 Matron’s Report, Military Hospital, Chatham, June 1919: “I have the honour to inform you that the lady marginally named, has worked at this Hospital since joining the service 13.1.1917. During that time she has frequently done sister’s duties in charge of large Medical & Surgical Wards. She is a most capable and efficient Nurse, trust-worthy and conscientious in the highest degree. I could thoroughly recommend her for a post of responsibility either in Military or Civil Service. She is leaving to return to Australia, and I wish her every success in her new life.” Awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class (AARC) – London Gazette 31/7/1919 Returned to Australia on the Friedrichsruhe, embarking 9/7/1919, and arriving in Melbourne on the 1/9/1919 Her mother was living at 151 Albert St, Windsor, Vic in 1919 Emily returned to nursing at Mena House, Simpson St, East Melbourne (April 1920) Running her own Private Hospital “St Albans”, 13 Palmer St, Oakleigh, Vic (1924, 1931, 1936) Her mother was living with her at the hospital, and also her brother at times Her mother died on the 14/6/1937 at St Albans Private Hospital, Oakleigh, Vic, aged 85, and is buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery. Travel: Returned to Australia on the ss Nestor, embarking Capetown and arriving WA 15/9/1934 Travelled to England on the Ulysses, arriving 9/12/1935 (Occ: Home duties) Returned to Australia on the Mooltan, embarking London 2/4/1937 (arriving WA 4/5/1937) To England on the Ascanius, arriving Liverpool 4/1/1939 (via Capetown & Madeira) In England in 1943, she attempted to re-enlist in the QAIMNSR, but was knocked back due to her age Still in England in 1947 when she gave instructions for her Private Hospital to be sold Emily died on the 25th of September 1984 Wandsworth, London, aged 97 Address at death: G36 du Cane Ct Balham High Rd London Probate £49019 The Age (Melb, Vic), Fri 7 Mar 1947 (p.3): St Alban’s Hospital A committee from Oakleigh, formed to ensure the continued use of the St Albans Private Hospital, told the Premier that it was essential that this hospital should not be closed. The present owner, Sister Dilnot, who is in England, had given instructions that the hospital be sold. The Premier said the Government would purchase the building and pay half the cost of renovations. The rest of the cost, including the purchase of equipment, would have to be met by the local council.