Julia Bligh JOHNSTON

JOHNSTON, Julia Bligh

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Superintendent
Last Unit: 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
Born: Windsor, NSW, 2 August 1861
Home Town: Miranda, Sutherland Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurse
Died: 23 June 1940, aged 78 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Superintendent, New South Wales Army Nursing Service Reserve

World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Involvement 1st Infantry Brigade Headquarters
20 Oct 1914: Embarked 1st Infantry Brigade Headquarters, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
28 Nov 1914: Involvement 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
28 Nov 1914: Embarked 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Kyarra, Sydney

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Daughter of James Bligh JOHNSTON and Anne nee WALDRON

Julia Bligh Johnston trained at the Sydney hospital before becoming Superintendant with the New South Welsh contingent of nurses who served in the Second Anglo-Boer War.


The death took place at a private hospital on Sunday of Matron Julia Bligh Johnston, formerly of Miranda. She was a nurse in two wars, and had been a sister at Sydney Hospital. With Sister E J Gould who was also attached to the staff of the Sydney Hospital, Nurse Johnston served through out the Boer War as an army nurse. She became a matron and again served for the duration of the Great War, 1914-18 working in Egypt, France and England.

On her return to Australia she was attached to the Board of Health and was connected with ambulance work, and for many years was nursing sister of the Australian Jockey Club. Since her retirement she had living privately at Miranda.

Matron Johnston was descended from Colonel Johnston, who came to Australia with Governor Bligh after whom she was named.

Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 26 June 1940 page 8