Nurse Maud RIGBY

Connection to the Hunter Valley – Maud Rigby is named on Wickham Public School Honour Roll.

This is all that is known of Maud Rigby.  There is a Maud Rigby on the AIF Embarkation Roll but she was a widow from Victoria therefore her surname whilst at school would have been different.    The Sydney Mail 7 August 1918 reported the mayor  of Wickham J Fegan stating that amongst the four hundred pupils of the school that had gone to war, “there were also a few girls of Wickham School who were doing duty nobly as nurses.”  However, the only name on the roll that indicates a woman is Maud Rigby.  She may have worked as a Red Cross voluntary aide either in Australia or overseas.

Do you know more?


© Christine Bramble 2013

2 thoughts on “Nurse Maud RIGBY

  1. Michael Smith

    Maud Rigby was born Maud Raybould at scythes dale, near Ballarat, Victoria, the daughter of Michael Raybould. She married twice, first a Dr Rigby from a medical family from Kyneton, Victoria. They married in WA. Dr Rigby died at Goldfinch, Western Australia before or during WW1. They had one daughter, Molly, who was cared for by family when Maud went overseas. Whilst overseas she met George Herbert Patterson of advertising fame who was serving overseas at the same time. They married at St Phillips Church Hill, Sydney, on returning to Australia. Of her second marriage there were 2 children, a daughter who died as a child and a son, Kimball George Patterson. Maud died in Ocean Street, Double Bay and is buried in Manly Cemetery, Sydney Road, Manly. Further details of her can be gleaned from the article regarding George Herbert Patterson in the Australian Dictitionary of Biography. My wife, her granddaughter, has no knowledge of her having had any connection with the Hunter. Hope this gives you some further insight into our Nurse Maud Rigby.

    1. Great War Nurses from Newcastle & the Hunter Region Post author

      Thanks, Michael. I suspect that the Maud Rigby on the Wickham Public School honour roll is one of those mysteries that I may never solve! I think it is unlikely that she and Maud Raybould were one and the same person, as she would have appeared on the honour roll under her maiden name. Rigby is an not uncommon surname in Newcastle so she was probably related to someone who is still around. I have from time to time placed notices in local media about my handful of “mystery women” but with no results in regard to Maud – much depends on whether people read the paper or listen to local radio and whether they have an interest in family history. It is nice to know that your family takes an interest in your Maud Rigby and her philanthropic husband. The WW1 nurses have not been given their due over the past 100 years, but I think that is changing with a growing awareness of their work and some great books on the topic published in recent years. I was privileged to be asked to present the commemorative address at a local Anzac Day service this year, on the topic of military nursing, a sign of the times. Best wishes, Christine


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