My latest book was launched on Friday 5 March by Ms Sharon Claydon MP, Federal Member for Newcastle. The book tells the story of Newcastle woman, Ida Mary Greaves, who graduated from Newcastle Hospital in 1904. After six years experience in hospital and private nursing in Australia Ida left to work in England. When Britain and its allies declared war on Germany in 1914, Ida immediately volunteered to join the Australian Voluntary Hospital (AVH), an independent military hospital established by Rachel, Lady Dudley and funded by donations from Australians. With Ida as matron and Newcastle surgeon Lieutenant Colonel William L’Estrange Eames as commanding officer, the hospital was the first unit from any of the dominions to arrive on the Western Front. In over four-and-a-half years of service in France and Belgium, Matron Greaves was awarded the Royal Red Cross and was mentioned in dispatches three times. The book can be ordered by contacting me on – firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $30 plus $7 postage and packing within Australia.
As part of Newcastle Museum’s program to commemorate the centenary of the First World War I will be giving an illustrated talk about the war service of Matron Ida Greaves RRC.
When: 3.30pm Sunday 17 August 2014
Where: Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Honeysuckle NSW. Sandwiched between Civic Station and the waterfront, the Museum is difficult to miss.
How much? Free of charge
Parking: Metered parking in Wright Lane, next to the Museum. Lee Wharf Car Park on Honeysuckle Drive (near Honeysuckle Hotel) is a 2-3 minute walk, and the last time I looked was free at weekends.
Public transport: Get off the train at Civic Station. Entrance to the Museum is just outside the platform exit coming from the Sydney direction. Alternatively get off the bus at Civic Station, cross the line via overhead bridge or walk around to the level crossing in Merewether Street.
For more information on the Museum’s WW1 program Click here and scroll down to download the flyer.
Here’s a thought – Matron Ida Greaves RRC, graduate of Newcastle Hospital NSW, joined her unit (the Australian Voluntary Hospital) in London on 19 August 1914 and was demobilised 26 March 1919 (service record in National Archives of the UK). Whilst it makes not a jot of difference to the value of her or anyone else’s military service, it is an intriguing thought. Any advance on 4 years 7 months and 7 days in uniform?