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    • WRAY, Ernestine – Acting Sister, QAIMNSR – RRC
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 12 April 2015

    Born 10/10/1881 Albany, WA [not 1882 as stated in SR] – daughter of John WRAY (Sheep farmer, d. Apr 1917) & Sarah Ann ASHBOLT (d.1927) – who married 10/9/1872 Albany Siblings: William John b.1873 (dec pre 1945); Henry Hodgson b.1874; Celia Lydia Grace b.1875 – marr BANKS – d.9/1/1945; Mabel Christiana b.1877; Sarah Louisa b.1878 – marr TAYLOR (Gosnells 1945) – d.2/11/1946; Ernest b.1880; Mary b.1882 – marr F. HINES (Fremantle 1945); Eleanor Martha b.1884 – marr SWEET (Palmyra 1945); May b.1886 – marr ELLIOTT (Mt Barker 1945); Rachel Hannah b.1887 – marr A. HINES (Spearwood 1945); Albert Edward b.1889 (Caversham 1945); Francis Raymond b.1891 (Mt Hawthorn 1945); Mercy b.1894 – marr BESTE (Kalamunda 1945) Educated privately Trained in nursing at Kalgoorlie Government Hosp, WA for 3 years from 1902 to 1905 She then served as a Staff Nurse at Geraldton Hospital and a Siser at Kalgoorlie Hospital from 1905 to 1907 Undertook a special course at the Women’s Hospital in Melbourne from 1907 to 1908, followed by Private nursing in Sydney to Aug 1908 Sister in Kalgoorlie till Dec 1909 Matron of Collie Government Hospital to Feb 1912 Nurse Wray’s Private Hospital, WA Dec 1912 Nurse Shackell’s Nursing Home Feb 1913 Matron of Grosvenor Hospital, Fremantle to May 1915 WW1 Service: Embarked at Fremantle 24/5/1915 on the Mooltan (33yr old hospital nurse) – arriving London 28/6/1915 Joined the QAIMNSR at Sutton Veny 26/7/1915 Transferred to France and posted to 10 Stationary Hospital 11/7/1916 5 Ambulance Flotilla (temp) 23/7/1916 29 CCS 10/12/1916 To hospital sick 10/2/1917 – transferred to England 27/2/1917 – Medical Board, Vincent Squ 6/3/17 & sick leave granted to 26/3/17 8th Stationary Hosp 9/4/1917 Hosp 15/5/1917 – Hardelot 28/5/17 72 Gen Hosp 10/2/1918 Admitted as patient with influenza 72 Gen Hosp 25/2/18 – returned to duty 25/3/18 Leave 29/5/18 – 12/6/18; Leave extended to 5/7/18 – then returned to 72 GH Matron’s Report, 72 GH, 6/7/1918: “In charge of ward for acute surgical cases Is a thoroughly capable sister, very efficient in every way Miss Wray is very tactful & she keeps her ward & patients in very good order” Admitted as patient with Hammer Toe to 72 GH 16/1/1919 – returned to duty 31/1/1919 Resigned at end of contract 24/1/1919 To Paris 6/2/1919 RTA from England 8/5/1919 on the SS Roda – disembarking at Durban en route & re-embarking on the HT Main 30/8/1919 [ANA series no MT1487/1] In January 1920 she took over Waverley Private Hospital at 165 Adelaide-terrace, Perth – renewal of her license was approved in November 1920 Married Joseph George JEFFERY 17/3/1921 at St George’s Cathedral, Perth [of the State Audit Department, Perth] Children: (only son) Peter MacPherson b.26/4/1922 at 167 Adelaide Terrace, Perth – WW2: RAAF – marr Ailsa Carrie WILLIAMS; A writer of stories for the newspaper both before & after the war – she won the ‘My Most Memorable Experience’ competition in 1933, run in ‘A Digger’s Diary’ column in the Western Mail. Winning entry: ‘Those Eyes!’ [see below] Electoral Rolls: 1922 ER: 221 Adelaide Tce, Perth 1925 ER: “Mundillia” Gooseberry Hill, Swan, WA 1929, 1934 ERs: 35 Park Rd, Maylands, WA 1936 ER: “Mundillia” Gooseberry Hill, WA 1937, 1958 ER: 35 Park Rd, Maylands, (Mt Lawley) WA [1949 includes their son Peter MacPherson (Uni student) & his wife Ailsa Carrie] Died 14/12/1958 Mt Lawley, Perth, age 77 Cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery & her ashes interred in the Garden of Remembrance – Crematorium Rose Garden K, 0171 Joseph died 1/9/1968 Victoria Park, WA, age 86 & his ashes are interred with his wife Sunday Times (Perth), Sun 19 Jan 1908: GOLDFIELDS GOSSIP Nurse Wray is leaving the Kalgoorlie Government Hospital on the 20th inst., retiring from the W.A. service. She goes East to enter the hospital service in the State of Victoria. Southern Time (Bunbury, WA), Sat 10 Dec 1910 (p.5): Personal Mrs Hopkins, who will be temporarily succeeded at Collie by Nurse Wray, erstwhile of the Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie Hospital staffs, has been a popular Matron at the local institution. Southern Time (Bunbury, WA), Tue 11 Feb 1913 (p.5): Personal Nurse Wray leaves for Perth by this afternoon’s train, where she will join the staff of Nurse Shackell’s Nursing Home. During her residence in Collie Nurse Wray was very popular, and all will join in wishing her success wherever her humane mission in life may lead her. The West Australian, Sat 22 May 1915: PERSONAL Nurse Wray, of the Grosvenor Hospital, Fremantle, and daughter of Mr and Mrs John Wray, of Mt Lawley, is leaving on the 24th for England, where she intends taking up Red Cross work. The West Australian, Mon 11 Sept 1916 (p.8): PERSONAL Nurse Wray, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Wray, Mt Lawley, is on a transport barge on one of the French canals, which conveys the wounded from the field to the various hospitals. Sunday Times (Perth), Sun 6 Jul 1919: Sister E. Wray, of Mt Lawley, after four years’ nursing service in France and England, returned on Wednesday by the transport Roda [sic]. Sister Wray owns a Royal Red Cross. Albany Advertiser (WA), Wed 1 Oct 1919 (p.3): PERSONAL Nurse E. Wray, daughter of the late Mr John Wray (formerly of this town) arrived at Fremantle on Sunday by the s.s. Main, after being absent for over four years on war service in England, France and Belgium. Her many friends in Albany will be pleased to know that the Nurse gained distinction for her service and was awarded the Royal Red Cross. A telegram to hand states that she had arrived at her home at Mt Lawley safe and well. Albany Advertiser (WA), Wed 31 Dec 1919 (p.3): PERSONAL Sister Wray, who was four and a half years with the troops in England and France, is visiting her aunt, Mrs J. McKenzie, for a short holiday. She arrived by the Main at Fremantle about nine weeks ago. Sister Wray received the Royal Red Cross for devotion to duty. On her return to Perth she is taking over the Waverley Private Hospital in St George’s-terrace. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 9 Nov 1920 (p.1): PERTH CITY COUNCIL That the following applications for renewal of private hospital licences be approved: - Nurse E. Wray, “Waverley,” 165 Adelaide-terrace. Western Mail (Perth, WA), Thur 24 Mar 1921 (p.19): MARRIAGES JEFFERY – WRAY – On March 17, at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, by the Very Rev Dean Foster, Joseph George (State Audit Department, Perth), second son of Mr and Mrs S. Jeffery, North Perth, to Ernestine (Waverley Private Hospital), fourth daughter of Mrs and the late John Wray, of Mt Lawley. The West Australian, Thur 27 Apr 1922 (p.1): BIRTHS JEFFERY (nee Ernestine Wray) – On April 26, at 167 Adelaide-terrace, to Mr and Mrs J.G. Jeffery – a son. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 30 Jul 1922 (p.6): THE HOMING INSTINCT – By J.G.J. “God gave all men all earth to love, But since our hearts are small, Ordained for each one place should be Beloved over all – Our Home!” – Ernestine Wray. I was resting at a lovely chateau in France. I was very tired, and the place seemed a veritable Palace of Peace. …………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………….. (This was written during an interval of sick leave, from a casualty clearing in France, spent at the beautiful chateau d’Hardelot, near Boulogne. It may be of interest; Hardelot is familiar to many as a sanctuary of rest, for brief periods, during the tumult and stress of war-time.) http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/58032908 1924 Letter to the Editor in regard to the nursing profession: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/31225927 The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 22 Apr 1925 (p.7): Mainly About People Mr and Mrs F.G. [sic] Jeffery, of Adelaide-terrace, have disposed of their house on the Terrace, and have purchased Mr A.H. Mountain’s property, “Mundillia,” at Gooseberry Hill, where they will make their home in future.” 1928 article: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/58359033 Western Mail (Perth, WA), Thur 26 Apr 1934 (p.15): THOSE EYES! It happened on Armistice day. I had been three years in France then, and I had been in scenes calculated to try the nerves of the strongest, but this tiny incident which I am about to relate stands out from them all, clear-cut as a cameo. Clear-cut and cruel, as the Cross must have stood out on Calvary 2,000 years ago on the black night of Crucifixion. At 11 o’clock came the “Cease fire.” I was in charge of the theatre ward in a stupendous collection of huts holding 2,500 sick and wounded men. In the theatre ward all the men were so badly wounded that it was impossible to take them back to their blocks after operation – many, indeed, never left the theatre hut, except for their last ride on a gun carriage. The sirens shrilled out the news of peace; the bells from near-by villages pealed out wildly, joyously; French children in the street screamed and shouted. Inside a boy not yet nineteen (I can see him now), most cruelly mutilated, was crying out in pain and agony. In my joy that the senseless, criminal thing was at last over, I turned to him: “Listen, Erle,” I cried; “it is peace. Can’t you hear? This damned war is over; it is Peace!” He sat up in bed with a supreme effort. “Peace,” he screamed, pointing to his shattered body. “My God! What is the good of peace to me?” A deathly stillness was on the ward. I, the only physically sound person there, seemed turned to stone. I looked around. Thirty pairs of eyes met mine – anguished, appealing, wistful, all asking the same question: “What is the good of peace to me?” Not one of those men would be sound again. I stared dumbly. I saw, not the thirty broken men in front of me only; I saw all the millions to whom peace would mean nothing, sacrificed on the altar of man’s insanity. A wave of horror swept over me, and I fled from the hut like one possessed. – Ernestine Jeffery, late Q.A.I.M.N.S., Mt Lawley.