• E L Stevenson

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    • STEVENSON, Edith Louise (MID) – VAD Nurse, British Red Cross
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 2 March 2018

    Edith was born on the 3rd of June 1887 at Scone, NSW – the daughter of (Dr) Frederick Charles STEVENSON and Margaret MARKS, who married in Scone in 1886 Frederick, who had been the first Mayor of Scone, and was a voluntary medical officer at The Mill Convalescent Home, Moss Vale, during WW1, died on the 24/7/1931 at his home in Turramurra. Margaret also died at Turramurra on the 17/5/1935 Siblings: include – *Walter Frederick b.c1890 Longford, Tas – Overseer – WW1: Lieut 59th Bn; *Oscar William b.1894 Moss Vale – Chemist – WW1: Gnr 11544, 5th FAB Member of the Moss Vale Golf Club – having twice won the ladies’ country championship of NSW WW1: A VAD with the Australian Red Cross, Edith began duty as the housekeeper of the nurse’s cottage at the Liverpool Military Camp, NSW, on the 15/11/1915 In February 1916 she became the Honorary Secretary of “The Mill”; the newly opened Convalescent Home for wounded soldiers at Moss Vale Later in 1916 she was chosen as one of 30 Australian VADs to be sent to the UK to serve with the British Red Cross as probationary nurses in English hospitals – embarking in Sydney 23/9/1916 on the Osterley In the UK she served at the 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester, from the 18/11/1916 to the 2/5/1919 Edith returned to Australia on the Roda (listed as QAIMNSR), embarking 8/5/1919 – and arriving back in Moss Vale 11/7/1919 She was mentioned in despatches for “valuable nursing services in connection with the war.” In 1930 she was living with her parents at Cozy Lodge, 78 Kuringai Chase Ave, Turramurra Following her mother’s death in 1935 she moved to 33A Water St, Wahroonga – in 1949, 1958 she was at 1712 Pacific Hwy, Wahroonga – 1963, 1972 at 32 Boomerang St, Turramurra Edith died on the 24th of January 1973 at the Turramurra Hospital, NSW, aged 85 The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 15 Nov 1915: LIVERPOOL CAMP It has been decided by the Red Cross executive, owing to the dust and heat, to erect a permanent structure at Liverpool instead of the tents now in use. ……….. The presence of nursing sisters is greatly appreciated at the hospital, but there is a diminution of sickness in the camp at present. To-day Miss Stevenson begins her duties of a VAD worker. She is the daughter of Dr Stevenson, of the Moss Vale district, and has undertaken to do the housekeeping at the nurses’ cottage in the camp. Dr D…van intends to avail himself of VAD workers as occasion arises. At present two visit the camp three times a week from Parramatta. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 1 Feb 1916: CONVALESCENT HOMES FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS “THE MILL” AT MOSS VALE Moss Vale, Monday ………………………………………………………… Dr Stevenson, Honorary Medical Officer to the home, ………………… The officials of the home comprise the following: ………honorary secretary, Miss Edith Stevenson, ……… The Scrutineer and Berrima District Press (NSW), Sat 9 Sept 1916 (p.2): Local and General VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT – Among the N.S.W. members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment selected by the Red Cross Society to act as probationers in English hospitals appears the name of Miss Stevenson, daughter of Dr Stevenson, who has, since its inception, been the capable and hard working secretary of the house committee of “The Mill” Convalescent Home. [Photo – SMH 25/9/1916] Robertson Advocate (NSW), Tue 26 Sept 1916 (p.2): Farewell Tea and Presentation On September 16 the members of the Moss Vale Golf Club gave a farewell tea and presentation at the club-house to Miss Edith Stevenson. Mr T.A.F. M’Carthy (vice-president) referred to Miss Stevenson’s success in golfing circles, she having twice won the ladies’ country championship of the State, and congratulated her on her devoted services to Red Cross Work. Among those present were: …………………………….. The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 7 Feb 1917: THE MILL MOSS VALE CONVALESCENT HOME The first anniversary of the establishment by the Red Cross society of The Mill Convalescent Home at Moss Vale was celebrated under favourable weather conditons. ……………………………………………. There was appreciative references to Miss Bruce Smith and Miss Stevenson, who are away with the VAD’s in England, Miss Kathleen O’Connor, who is working the Prisoners of War Department in London, and other Red Cross workers who are identified with the Moss Vale district. ………………………………….. The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 15 Jul 1919 (p.5): NEAR AND FAR Miss Edith Stevenson, who has been a voluntary hospital worker in England for more than three years, returned to her home, Moss Vale, on Friday last. As well as being welcomed by her family, Miss Stevenson was met on arrival at Moss Vale by representatives of various local war organisations, who included the Mayor (Alderman E.B. Hawkins). The Sydney Morning Herald, Thur 16 Oct 1919: PERSONAL Miss Edith Stevenson, daughter of Dr Stevenson, of Moss Vale, and Miss Enid Armstrong, daughter of Dr W.G. Armstrong, Deputy Director-General of Public Health, who recently returned from England as VAD assistant nurses, have been mentioned in despatches for “valuable nursing services in connection with the war.”