Service Number: Staff Nurse
Enlisted: 24 September 1917, 8th AGH, Fremantle, WA
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
Born: Stawell, Vic., 1884
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Perth, WA, 19 July 1963, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
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24 Sep 1917: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Staff Nurse, Staff Nurse, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), 8th AGH, Fremantle, WA
13 Mar 1918: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: SS Ormonde embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
13 Mar 1918: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), SS Ormonde, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Daughter of Robert Balderson PHILLIPS and Alice Rosetta nee ANDREWS
Of P.O. Stawell, Vic.
Resided at Home of Peace, Subiaco

Trained at Perth Public Hospital

Married Harrie John WILKINS 18 June 1935

Miriam Phillips, matron of the Home of Peace, Subiaco, for the past 20 years, said her nursing staff was one trained nurse and seven untrained nurses. The number of occupied beds had varied from 41 to 44 for a number of years. Her duties included general supervision of the hospital.

The West Australia Saturday 06 July 1935 page 17

WILKINS —PHILLIPS. —On Thursday, June 18, at Ross Memorial Church, by the Rev. Dr. Munro Ford, Miriam Phillips, of Subiaco, to Harrie John Wilkins, of Narbethung, Kondinin.

The West Australian Saturday 4 July 1936 page 1

Function at the Home of Peace.

After having served as matron of the Home of Peace, Subiaco, for the past 23 years, Miss M. Phillips, whose marriage to Mr. H. J. Wilkins, of Kondinin. will take place shortly, was presented with a silver tea and coffee service by the committee at the home yesterday afternoon. In the absence of the president (Archbishop Le Fanu) the honorary treasurer (Mr. B. H. Darbyshire) presided and extended good wishes to Miss Phillips. During the time she had been connected with the home, he said, she had alleviated the sufferings of countless people, doing everything within her power to brighten the lives of those placed in her care. The committee had been proud to be associated with her in her work. Rabbi Freedman (honorary secretary)also spoke eulogistically of the work of Miss Phillips and expressed the regret of the committee at having to sever association with her. There had only been two people in the position of matron, he said, the first who had filled the position for 12 years, being the late Miss K. Anderson, and the second Miss Phillips. Both had given wonderful service, and to them was due the splendid record of the home. TheHome of Peace, he explained, was ahome for the dying and incurable and,as such, was unique. Unlike a hospital, which patients entered with feelings of hope, it received only those who had no hope of recovery, yet never were there heard any moaning or groaning. Instead a spirit of comfort, ease and even of happiness had prevailed in the home since its inception, a fact that had been commented on not only by the patients but by their closest relatives. Some of the inmates had been in the home for periods exceeding 20 years. It was the matron and her staff of nurses who were entirely responsible for this happy state of affairs, he continued, and to them also could be handed the credit for arousing the sympathy of so many friends who had bequeathed legacies to the institution. As a result of some of these it was now possible to extend the home to almost double its size, a work that would very shortly be put in hand. At present there was accommodation for 22 men and 22 women. The Rabbi's remarks were supported by Mr. Sydney Stubbs, M.L.A.. after which the presentation was made by Mrs. Malcolm Fraser, a foundation member of the committee. The presentation, it was explained, was not from the Home of Peace, but from the committee as individuals. Committee members present included Sir Talbot Hobbs, Rabbi D. L Freedman. Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Stubbs. Mr. andMrs. B. H. Darbyshire, Mr. and Mrs. W.Richardson, Mesdames Malcolm Fraser. A. F. Elgee, F. M. Wilkinson. M. R.Lukin, T. Ambrose, E. A. Officer. J. J.Holmes, Percy Robinson, H. L. Downe.A. C. McCallum and A. C. N. Olden. Miss A. Lee Steere, Dr. C. H. Bennett and Messrs. A. H. Dickson and Felix Levinson. During tea, which was served after the presentation, Miss Phillips received the good wishes of individual members of the committee. Miss Phillips was trained at the Perth Hospital and before joining the staff of the Home of Peace, was in charge of the infectious diseases hospital. She served for three years in India as an army nurse during the Great War. Her successor is Sister R. Bottle, a trainee of the Fremantle Hospital, who has been a member of the King Edward Memorial Hospital staff for the past 14 years. Sister Bottle served as a probationer at the Home of Peace and was at the war for four years, being attached to the British Army Nurses. She served in Egypt, Mesopotamia, German East Africa and on transports.

The West Australian Friday 12 June 1936 page 8