• Henrietta Eyre Maunsell Blake

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

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  • Birth

    Ipswich, QLD, Australia

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    • BLAKE, Henrietta Eyre Maunsell (Netta) – Staff Nurse, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 13 March 2015

    Netta was born 14/2/1880 in Ipswich, Qld – daughter of Henry Eugene BLAKE and Sarah Partington RANSOM – who married on the 14/8/1873 at St Paul’s Church, Ipswich, Qld Henry, a Licensed Surveyor, died 20/7/1883 at Port Douglas, Qld, age 39, from congestion of the brain Sarah remarried 8/8/1884 in Cairns to John Hrbt Jas MacNAMARA – she died of heart disease at Coolgardie, WA on the 30/3/1899 Siblings: Inez Walliscourt b.1876 Qld – marr (Dr) W.P. SEED Nov 1899 Campbelltown, WA; Henry Worthington Ransom b.1878 Qld – d.28/12/1907 Perth; Beryl b.1882 Qld – marr George HORROCKS 1910 Perth Half Siblings: Irene Lily b.1887 Qld; John Cairns b.1890 Ipswich, Qld – WW1: Gnr 27222, LTM Btry, AIF Trained at Kalgoorlie Hospital, WA – 3 years Also had general training in massage Worked in Adelaide for 12 months 1909/10 Six months in England in 1912, returning to Australia in October Worked as a Nurse at Kalgoorlie; a Sister at Coolgardie and Bunbury Held the position of acting Matron at Pinjarra Hospital for some weeks in 1913 (filling in for the Matron on leave) An Inspector with the Public Health Department, working at Kalgoorlie at time of enlistment WW1: Enlisted 24/6/1915 and embarked on 25/6/15 on the Karoola with reinforcements of the 1st AGH for Egypt. Reported for duty 18/7/1915 Transport duty to Australia from Suez on the Themistocles 4/12/15 – 2/1/1916; then again on the 26/4/16 Hospital ship duty on HS Karoola 2/7/16 – 10/8/1916 Re-embarked in WA on HS Karoola 26/8/1916 Arrived back in Australia again on HS Karoola 2/12/1916 Embarked at Adelaide on Berrima 16/12/16 – arriving Devonport, England 16/2/1917 Vacated her position 21/2/1917 in England on account of her marriage. Married Albert Oscar Vincent TYMMS, AAMC on the 8/1/1917 at Durban, Sth Africa – during the voyage of the Berrima from Australia to England RTA on the Barambah 8/4/1917 – 29/5/1917 on Nursing duties Children: *Inez Annette b.23/10/1917 at Marsden Private Hospital, Perth – marr Wm Fielder MITCHELL 1937 – marr SATORY – d.27/9/1996 NSW *Joan Mary b.21/5/1920 Launceston – (nurse); *Brian Blake b.9/10/1921 at “Strathesk”, Launceston – WW2: Pte, 2/21 Bn (DOB given on enlistment 9/2/1920) – (Dr) eng 1947 to Shirley Sandberg – d.13/9/1986 NSW; *Michael Justin b.23/12/1923 Launceston – WW2: Sgt, RAAF – d.21/9/1943 England, buried Oxford (Botley) Cemetery – one of four aircrew killed in a crash during a training flight; Resident Queenstown, Tas in 1919 (on her own) Launceston, Tas 1920 Launceston, Tas 1922 (with Albert) Travelled O/S together 1932 Netta departed the UK 16/5/1933 on the Port Gisborne, and returned to Launceston in the July Mar 1934 – Albert returned to Launceston after 15 months in England Toorak, Vic 1937 (on her own) 1943 ER: Albert – Montague Rd, Cremorne, NSW Henrietta – Raymond Rd, Neutral Bay, NSW (with Joan Mary Tymms – nurse) 1949, 1954 ERs: Albert – Montague Rd, Cremorne, NSW (with Mary Shields Tymms- hd) Henrietta – Raymond Rd, Neutral Bay, NSW Died 25/3/1959 Longford, Tas Albert Oscar Vincent TYMMS born 23/8/1889, son of Robert Joseph and Anna Augusta TYMMS Medical Practioner WW1: Enlisted 1/11/1916 - AAMC RTA on the Orita 23/6/19 – 6/8/19 1919 – (briefly) Medical Officer to the Queenstown Hospital Union 1920-1925 – Senior House Surgeon, Launceston Public Hospital Resigned Sept 1925 to take over the practice of Dr A.R. Waterhouse, Launceston 1938 – Acting Medical Officer of Industrial Hygiene, Health Department, NSW 1946 – MO, Dept of Health, NSW Died in 1973 at St Leonards, NSW The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 22 Feb 1910 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Miss Netta Blake, who has been in Adelaide for 12 months, returns to this State next week, and will stay a short time with her sister, Mrs Seed, in St George’s Terrace. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 8 Oct 1912 (p.5): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Miss Netta Blake, a well-known member of the Perth nursing profession returned by to-day’s mail boat from England, where she has been spending six months. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 14 Oct 1913 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Miss Netta Blake, who has been acting matron at the Pinjarra Hospital for some weeks past, returned to Perth last evening. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 17 Dec 1914 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake left to-day for Gingin where she will spend a fortnight as the guest of Mrs G. O’Halloran. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Sat 29 May 1915 (p.5): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake, of the Kalgoorlie Health Department, came to Perth yesterday to apply for leave of absence. She has been accepted for service at the front, and will probably leave with the next batch of nurses. She is at present staying with Mrs Couche, of Hay-street west. Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Sat 12 Jun 1915 (p.4): PERSONAL ITEMS Mrs Richard Hamilton, who is the Boulder secretary for the State Children’s Department, wishes to correct any misapprehension that might have arisen on reading the discussion in the Kalgoorlie Municipal Council concerning the departure from the fields of Nurse Blake, who for some time past had been engaged in swabbing the throats of the children at the public schools. Nurse Blake who was an inspector under the Public Health Department, had offered her services to the Defence Department to go to the front as a nurse, and while here she received a summons from the authorities immediately requiring her presence in Perth. She left instanter, but expected to return to the fields to take up work until a successor was appointed in her place. As it was she was asked, when at the coast, to hold herself in readiness to quit at an early date. Consequently the fault cannot be charged to Nurse Blake that a nurse is not at the present time engaging in swabbing children’s throats – an all-important operation in view of the fact that diphtheria continues its unwelcome presence in the community. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 31 Aug 1915 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake, who left some time ago on hospital service at the front, has written from Egypt to Perth friends. She is well and working hard, and makes a special plea on behalf of the soldiers for supplies of mosquito nets in the shape of a head net, or veil. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Fri 31 Dec 1915 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake passed through Fremantle on Christmas Day, one of five nurses on service on a hospital ship returning from Egypt to Sydney. Nurse Blake had only an hour in Perth which she spent with her sister, Mrs W.P. Seed, of St George’s Terrace. She will probably spend a few days here before returning again to Egypt. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Wed 5 Apr 1916 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake has again left Perth on medical service at the front. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 8 Jun 1916 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake, of Perth, who left a few weeks ago to resume active nursing service, is returning to W.A. on the staff of a hospital ship. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Thur 27 Jul 1916 (p.4): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Nurse Netta Blake, who is on transport duty, will pass through Fremantle this week on a hospital ship. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Sat 2 Jun 1917 (p.3) MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Mrs V Tymms (Nurse Netta Blake) has returned to Perth, and is staying with her sister, Mrs W.P. Seed, and Dr Seed, of St George’s-terrace. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 19 Jan 1920 (p.3): MAINLY ABOUT PEOPLE Dr and Mrs V Tymms (Miss Netta Blake) have settled in Launceston. Advocate (Burnie, Tas) Thur 6 Jul 1933 (p.7): Social Notes Mrs A.O.V. Tymms has returned to her home in Launceston after a visit to England. Dr Tymms, who made the journey to England with his wife early in January, intends remaining till the end of the year. Notes: Obituarys of Step-father J.H.J. MacNamara 1919: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147828634 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/40389660