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    • WIGNALL, Catherine Helen (Kate Ellen) – Staff Nurse, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 12 April 2015

    Born 16/9/1889 Collingwood (reg. 1889, Kate Ellen – listed as 1888 in SR) – daughter of Walter WIGNALL & Jessie Edith KETTLE (d.14/6/1937 Perth) Siblings: 1. William Hayes b.1882 Collingwood – d.23/7/1947 Royal Perth Hosp 2. Jessie Constance b.1888 Footscray – went missing April 1920, believed to have committed suicide in NSW – declared dead in 1927 Educated Fitzroy Convent, Melbourne Trained Perth Public Hospital 16/10/1911 – 20/2/1915 (with Constance Brownfield, under Matron Ethel Gray, later Matron of 1 AAH, Harefield Park) – leaving 31/12/1915 (not 1916 as stated in SR) 1916 ER: Perth Hospital – Nurse (Catherine Helen) WW1: Together with Constance Brownfield, she left Australia in May 1916, with the intent of travelling to England – however, they disembarked at Cape Town and nursed for 8 months in Sth Africa – base: Alexander Nurses Institute, Durban (Sept 1916) In 1917 Catherine & Constance then continued their journey to England, embarking at Natal, Sth Africa on the Walmer Castle, arriving London 28/3/1917 They applied to join the QAIMNSR immediately on arrival in England, and Catherine served at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich from 14/4/1917 until her resignation She requested to be allowed to resign in July 1918, wishing to return to Australia due to her mother’s indifferent health. Remaining on duty until her return passage could be arranged, her appointment was terminated 19/10/1918 Report (p.17 of SR): “Staff Nurse C Wignall has served in this Hospital since April 1917. This lady is a capable nurse, methodical & reliable, & a good ward manager. Her conduct has been excellent, & she is very suitable for further employment.” Matron, Royal Herbert Hosp, Woolwich 18/10/18 RTA: Free passage in return for service on the D27 Marathon (D28 Borda crossed out – entry made 18/10/1918) – arrived WA at the end of December 1918 1920: with her mother at 30 Southport St, Leederville, WA 1921: residing at the Trained Nurses Club, Mountain Rd, Auckland, NZ 1923: ?Newcastle, NSW Electoral Rolls for Kate Ellen Wignall: 1925 ER: 79 Hay St, East Perth, WA – nurse (also Jessie Edith Wignall) 1931, 1936 ER: 48 Forrest Ave, East Perth – nurse (also Jessie Edith) 1949 ER: Campbell Town, Tas – nurse 1954 ERs: 44 Sherwood Ave, Carrum, Vic – nurse / (also) 16 Gould St, Frankston – nurse 1963, 1968, 1972, 1977 ER: 8 Larnook St, Armadale, (Prahran) Vic – nurse 1920’s: Chiropodist - operating as (or as part of a franchise of) Madame Vane-Wallace – using the NZ Varex Method of treatment for varicose ulcers 1930s: Chiropodist Secretary of the Returned Army Nurses, WA (1932, 1933) Died 10/10/1978 Blac…, Vic, age 90 (Kate Ellen Wignall – parents unknown) Cremated Springvale Cemetery and her remains scattered (Cultural preference: Salvation Army) The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 21 Jun 1917: Mainly About People – “Franziska” Nurses Catherine Wignall and C. Brown, who arrived in England from W.A. a few weeks ago, have been accepted by the War Office for service in the Q.A.I.M.N.S. Reserve. [Constance Brownfield] Leader (Melbourne, Vic), Sat 28 Dec 1918: MARATHON AT ALBANY PERTH – The steamer Marathon has arrived at Albany, direct from England, a “clean” ship. Her Western Australian batch of 119 men were landed at the quarantine station. Major a’Beckett, D.S.O., and Sister Trebilcock, whose names were in the original passenger list, were not on board; but the following, who were not listed, were: - Lieutenant Allen, R.A.M.C.; Lieutenant P.J. Healy, Australian Flying Corps; Miss Wignall, Private J. Noble, 25th Battalion; and Private G.W. Baverstock, ex-Imperial forces. [The West Australian lists Miss Wignall, late Q.A.I.N.S.R. (sic)] Auckland Star (N.Z.), 11 Nov 1920: WANTED KNOWN ARE YOU SUFFERING WITH VARICOSE ULCERS? If so, the Varex Method of Treatment will cure you, not temporarily, but permanently and painlessly. No need to lay up. Cures old and long standing cases as readily as new ones. Send for pamphlet and testimonials to ERNEST HEALEY, Chemist, Foxton, or Auckland Agent, Nurse Vane-Wallace, 13 Pierces Bldgs, Upper Symonds Street. NSW Police Gazette – 31 Aug 1921: Missing Friends Inquiry is requested, at the instance of Nurse Catherine Wignall, residing at the Trained Nurses Club, Mountain-road, Auckland, New Zealand, to trace her sister, Jessie Constance Wignall (if alive): 34 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high, slight build, fresh complexion, light-brown, curly hair, blue eyes, pleasant expression, operation mark behind (believed) the right ear, slightly deaf; usually wore a dark costume; a tailoress or postal official; a native of Victoria. Last heard of on the 19th April, 1920, when she left Leederville, Perth, Western Australia. Articles belonging to her were found at the Gap, Watson’s Bay, on the 25th of the same month, and it is feared that she committed suicide there. GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, WA – January 26, 1923 (p.135): TRANSFER OF LAND ACT, 1893 (Section 75) Application No. 27/1923 NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to the direction of the Commissioner of Titles in this behalf it is intended on the tenth day of March next to issue to Jessie Wignall of Newcastle in the State of New South Wales Widow and Catherine Helen Wignall of Newcastle aforesaid Spinster a special Certificate of Title to the land described below the duplicate Certificate of Title having as is alleged been lost or destroyed. Dated this 25th day of January, 1923 – A.Y. Glyde, Registrar of Titles The West Australian, Mon 6 Apr 1925: MEDICAL BAD LEGS No lying up with the N.Z. Varex Method. Applied only by Nurse M. Vane-Wallace (K. Wignall), Broadhurst’s Buildings, Murray-street. The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW), Tue 1 Nov 1927: Sworn to be Dead In the Probate Court in Sydney this week there were two cases of application to “swear death.” ……. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. The other case was of Jessie Constance Wignall, of whom her sister Catherine, a W.A. nurse, said that she was quite convinced that Jessie had gone over “The Gap” at Watson’s Bay in April, 1920. The application to swear death was again granted. The West Australian, Fri 2 Aug 1929: DRESS AND FASHION SCALP Massage and Chiropody Treatments, personal skilful attention given. Antiseptic Hair Tonic and Superfluous Hair Wax. MISS WIGNALL Room 1, 747 Hay-st The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 18 Oct 1932: The returned military nurses are holding their annual dinner on Armistice Day in the Karrakatta Club Hall at 6.30 p.m. Those who intend being present are requested to communicate with the acting secretary, Miss K. Wignall, Forrest-avenue, Perth, by November 1. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 22 Nov 1933: PEOPLE OF THE DAY’S SOCIAL ROUND The annual meeting of the Returned Army Nurses will be held on Wednesday, December 6, at 8 p.m., at the club rooms, in Orient Buildings. All nurses are cordially invited. Miss Kate Wignall is the honorary secretary. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 2 May 1934: PUBLIC NOTICES ADVICE FREE TO SUFFERERS – All Foot Ailments skilfully treated by qualified Chiropodist, Nurse Vane Wallace, late A.I.F. Address: 747 Hay-street (upstairs). The West Australian, Wed 9 Dec 1936: War Nurses Meet ……………………………………………………………….. Those present were Mesdames ………………………….and Misses…………………..K. Wignall…... The West Australian, Tue 12 Aug 1947: PUBLIC NOTICES WILL ANY PERSON KNOWING THE present whereabouts of Sister “Kitty” WIGNALL believed to be Catherine or Kate Wignall and a trained nurse, please communicate with the undersigned. THE PERPETUAL EXECUTORS TRUSTEES AND AGENCY CO. (W.A.) LTD. [Her brother had died in the July]