Connection with the Hunter Valley – Sister Blanche Cresswick ARRC was born in Newcastle and trained at Newcastle Hospital, graduating in 1905. In 1926 Blanche was appointed Head Sister of the new Convalescent Home at New Lambton, an off-shoot of Newcastle Hospital. A memorial to Blanche in the form of a fountain was erected in the gardens of the Home.
Nursing experience Blanche worked at Newcastle and Marrickville Hospitals and was Matron of Grafton Hospital before she enlisted.
Service Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS)
Service location Egypt, France and UK
Medals – 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Associate Royal Red Cross. The latter was awarded to Blanche for her service at a Casualty Clearing Station in France.
National Archives of Australia B2455 CRESSWICK B
Nominal Roll of the First AIF Australian War Memorial (AWM) AWM133, 12-027 (‘Creswick Blanch’)
Embarkation Roll of the First AIF AWM 1 Australian General Hospital – 1 to 6 and Special Reinforcements (February 1915 – April 1916)
Newcastle Museum collection – 1995/108.1-3; 1995/106.1-4
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 1917,p.5 retrieved from Trove 19 May 2010; 16 August 1918, p.8 and 18 February 1919, p.7 retrieved from Trove 17 May 2010
The Sydney Mail, 28 August 1918, p.24
Supplement to the London Gazette,3 June 1918, p.6475
Newcastle Morning Herald, 25 April 1946, p.7 (obituary)
Australasian Nurses’ Journal, Vol XVII No 3 March 1919, pp.82-83
Audrey Armitage, A Golden Age of Nursing, Royal Newcastle Hospital Graduates’ Association Book Committee, Newcastle, 1991, pp.95-95 & 195
Photo of memorial to Sister Cresswick in the grounds of Newcastle Private Hospital.
© Christine Bramble 2013