KNOWLES, Mary Jane

Service Number: Matron
Enlisted: 21 November 1914, Heliopolis, Egypt
Last Rank: Matron
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)
Born: Washington DC, USA, 1867
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Matron
Died: Toorak, South Australia, 25 October 1940, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General)
Catholic Eastern Ground G 19
Memorials: Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Keswick South Australian Army Nurses Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1914: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Matron, Matron, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Heliopolis, Egypt
5 Dec 1914: Involvement 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Kyarra embarkation_ship_number: A55 public_note: ''
5 Dec 1914: Embarked 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Kyarra, Melbourne
8 May 1916: Discharged Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1), Matron, Australian Army Nursing Service (WW1)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Daughter of Frederick KNOWLES and Elizabeth nee RILEY

Did not marry

The late Miss Mary Jane Knowles, whose death occurred on October 25, was born seventy-six years ago in Washington, D.C., and came with her parents, Elizabeth and Frederick Knowles, when a small girl, to Australia. Her early childhood was spent at Clare and Blyth, and from the latter place she was sent to the Dominican Convent to be educated, being one of the very first pupils of Mother Mary Catherine. Miss Knowles trained at the Adelaide General Hospital, serving later as a charge sister. She was later matron of the Royal British Nurses Home, when the war broke out in 1914, she offered her services and was appointed matron of the Second General Hospital at Heliopolis. On her return, Miss Knowles was offered a position as an inspector in the Central Board of Health. After retiring from the latter position, Miss Knowles lived at Blackwood, where she was a keen worker for the Catholic Church. She as also a prominent member of the Catholic Women's League, and was one time president. At her lovely little home at Blackwood, called 'El Matariyeh' after the place in Egypt where the Holy Family rested, and meaning 'The Resting Place,' Miss Knowles spent many happy years. Her great joy was in her garden and flowers, and she helped in many quiet ways almost all the Catholic charities, and also the Blind Institution.

Northern Argus Friday 06 December 1940 page 4