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    • Claribel [Clare] FAIRLAND
    • Posted by ResearchBuff, Sunday, 21 November 2021

    Clare was born on 6/2/1887 in Toowoomba, Qld, to parents William Millar FAIRLAND (1849 Islington, London, d10/9/1921 Sydney, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239711448) and Mary Elizabeth ADNAM who had married at Concord c1874-5. William travelled to Sydney at the age of three, with his siblings and parents Charles Henry and Christiana. He was an accountant by trade but from 1894-June 1921 was Secretary of the Sydney School of Arts, Pitt Street (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/227229450). On 24 May 1907 (Empire Day) when crossing George Street following a service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, he was injured by a tram (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/229492172) and was later awarded £120 damages. Clare’s Siblings: Milborough Ann b14/1/1875, d1/3/1954; Charles Adnam b1877 d12/5/1955 Nowra; Reginald Ward b1881 d1882; Muriel Irene b1883, m1905 James W. De Vere STEVENS, d1966 Hurstville Gladys S. b1890; Doris Edith b1890 m1915 Reginald BOLTON, d1970 Burwood Clare trained as a nurse from 13/4/1907-1/6/1911 under Matron Creal at the Sydney Hospital. She gained further experience working in private hospitals in New Zealand and Australia, epidemic and bush nursing before Acting Matron at the Isolation Hospital Sydney. On 5/9/1914 as a paid passenger, Clare embarked for England arriving on 16/10/1914. Volunteering as a trained nurse on 28/11/1914 with the British Red Cross she was posted to the Indian Hospital, Royal Pavilion, Brighton followed by a short period in France. On 9/3/1915 Clare enlisted with the British Imperial Forces and the following day was sent to the Hampstead Military Hospital where she remained for eleven months. On 2/2/1916 Clare joined the HMHS Aquitania that was integral for transporting soldiers from Gallipoli to Lemnos and England. By March 1916 she had returned to France and over a period of 18 months nursed the wounded at 1SH, Marseilles Hospital, Casualty Clearing Stations and 11SH where she was respected for her conduct, observational skills and tact. Despite narrowly missing being killed by an enemy bomb (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/140197999) it was the cold European weather that led Clare to resign from service on 10/9/1918. After a short break, Clare re-joined the QAIMNS-R and on 16/12/1918 commenced work at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup that specialised in facial and jaw injuries. Embarking ss Ormonde on 15/11/1919, arrived in Sydney on 29/12/1919 (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239666932). She continued nursing in Australia primarily working for the Board of Health in Baby Welfare. Clare died at her home in Hunter's Hill on 22/1/1929 aged 41 (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16526180; https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16527176).