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Born on the 16th of November 1885 Qld – the daughter of Robert William GEARY and Elizabeth Jemima WILSON, who married in Qld on the 1/1/1868 Family address: ‘Sunny side’, Woodstock, via Townsville Robert died on the 4/10/1914 at Sunnyside, aged 69, and Elizabeth died in the Townsville District Hospital on the 15/10/1919, age 66 Siblings: Annie Louisa b.9/11/1868; Priscilla Elizabeth b.18/8/1870; Robert William b.9/8/1872; James Henry b.6/9/1874; Florence Margaret b.17/11/1876; Charles Reginald b.4/12/1878; Walter Edmund Ashley b.12/7/1883 Resident of Lynden House, Armstrong St, Townsville in 1909 Blanche joined the Townsville General Hospital in 1911, and was granted leave of absence for the duration of the war when she volunteered for service in 1915 WW1: Having accepted a position as a Staff Nurse with Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), she embarked on the 15/5/1915 on the Mooltan for Egypt Served first in the 17th Hospital, Egypt Serving on the Hospital Ship Morea 17/1/1916 Joined the 15th General Hospital, Alexandria 17/2/1916 Transferred to the 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia 24/8/1916 Appointed Acting Sister 15/12/1917 Admitted to the 26th Stationary Hospital with dysentery 3/5/1918 Returned to duty 20/5/1918 Granted local Leave 7/2/1919 to 16/2/1919 Confidential Report, Matron, 26th Stationary Hospital, 15/3/1919: During the time Sister B.B. Geary has worked here her work and conduct have been very good. She is an excellent nurse and manages her wards well. She is suitable for further employment in a Military Hospital. Returned to Australia on the Kildonian Castle, embarking Egypt 2/4/1919 (not 1918) Service with the QAIMNSR terminated 5/5/1919 Address in 1921: C/- Mrs Goldring, “Kensington,” Alexander St, North War, Townsville Married Howard John WEBSTER on the 24th of January 1922 Qld Born 13/3/1897 Erskineville, Sydney, NSW – the son of Alexander and Sabina Ethel (nee Adams) – Jackaroo, Newinga Station, Talwood, Qld – WW1: enlisted 8/11/1918, didn’t sail – remarried Alice (Bonnie) – WW2 – died 31/12/1948 Resident of Talwood 1925; Jericho Station, Talwood 1927, 1929 Died on the 12th of July 1929 in Brisbane, Qld Buried in the Toowong Cemetery, Qld (Location 22-3-9) The Queenslander, Sat 26 Aug 1911 (p.15): OUR NEIGHBOURS TOWNSVILLE, August 17 Miss Blanche Geary, Hermit Park, has joined the staff of the local General Hospital. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), 3 May 1915 (p.6): GOSSIP Nurse Geary, of the General Hospital, has been accepted for service at the front, and intends leaving on Monday for south. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), Thur 1 Jul 1915 (p.11): GOSSIP Nurse Blanche Geary, who with Matron M’Grath, left a little while ago for service amongst the wounded at the war, reached Alexandria about ten days ago, and is attached to the 17th hospital there. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), Tue 18 Jan 1916 (p.5): Townsville Hospital ANNUAL MEETING OF SUBSCRIBERS In April last, the Matron, Miss McGrath, and subsequently Nurse Geary, who both volunteered for service with the Army Medical Corps, were granted leave of absence during the continuance of the war, …………… Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), Fri 30 May 1919 (p.6): GOSSIP Sister Blanche Geary, of the Townsville Hospital, who has just returned from the front, is spending a few weeks in the Goondiwindi district as the guest of Mrs Webster, Newinga. The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld), Thur 3 Jul 1919 (p.4): WOMEN’S REALM Sister Geary, who returned to Australia last week after lengthy term of service abroad, left Brisbane for her home in Townsville during the week-end. The Queenslander, Sat 2 Aug 1919 (p.16): OUR NEIGHBOURS TOWNSVILLE, July 21 Sister Blanche Geary, who has just returned from the Front, is the guest of her sister, Mrs W. Golding. Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld), Mon 31 Oct 1927 (p.7): TALWOOD TOPICS Snakes are beginning to make their appearance with the advent of summer. Mrs Howard Webster, of Jericho Station, whilst weeding her garden, was bitten on the right hand by a brown snake. Townsville Daily Bulletin, Wed 17 Jul 1929: GOSSIP The sad death occurred in Brisbane last week of Mrs H.J. Webster, of Jericho Station, Central Queensland. Mrs Webster, who as Miss Blanche Geary was well-known in North Queensland, qualified as a nurse in the Townsville District Hospital and left on active service in 1915, and served abroad till the end of the war. Mrs Webster was a sister of the Messrs Geary and Miss P. Geary, Sunnyside, Woodstock, and Mesdames W.H. Goldring, O. Price, Roaditch, Rossville, and Plant (Atherton).