Maude Mary MACKAY

MACKAY, Maude Mary

Service Number: Nurse
Enlisted: 6 December 1916
Last Rank: Staff Nurse
Last Unit: Australian Army Nursing Service
Born: Nhill, Victoria, 1890
Home Town: Violet Town, Strathbogie, Victoria
Schooling: Violet Town State School
Occupation: Nurse
Died: Died as a result of a car accident, Sydney, NSW, 1976
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: St Dunstan's Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

6 Dec 1916: Embarked Australian Army Nursing Service, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
6 Dec 1916: Enlisted Australian Army Nursing Service, Staff Nurse, SN Nurse
6 Dec 1916: Involvement Australian Army Nursing Service

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MACKAY Maude Mary   Sister

Maude Mary was the fourth of ten children of Charles Finlay Mackay and his wife Rebecca.  She was born at Nhill in 1890. The family later moved to Locheil, a farm just north of Violet Town.   Like her siblings she was educated at the Violet Town State School and attended St Dunstan’s Anglican Church. She followed her older sister Lillian’s lead in making nursing her career. In November 1916, at the age of 26 she enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service.  She had completed the required three years of training in medical and surgical nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Maude embarked on HMAT Orsova in December and sailed via Cape Town and Sierra Leone for Plymouth from where she was posted to the 4th General Hospital at Rouen in France. Soon after she arrived in March 1917 she was promoted to the rank of Sister.

She met LT  L M  Redgrave of the 18th Battalion in 1917 and two years later on 26 June 1919 they were married in London. They had one daughter, Maude.

After the war Maude assisted her sister Lillian in establishing the Dee Why Nurse’s Club which provided a private nursing service highly regarded in Sydney.  Maude was injured in a car accident and as a result became an invalid.  Her two sisters Lillian and Eileen shared in nursing her until her death 10 years later in 1976.  She was 85.

Honour Rolls:  Main Honour Board in Violet Town Memorial Hall
                          St Dunstan’s Anglican Church

Tree No 1 – Brachychiton acerifolius - Illawarra Flame Tree -  was planted in 1917 by Mr Palmer.

It was still standing in 2013 and was tended by Gaye Brannan and Robyn Quilty.

© 2016 Sheila Burnell