Connection to the Hunter Valley – Sister Olivia Lowrey was born at Clarencetown. Her father was a diary farmer at Stroud. Along with her sisters she is named on the Stroud Memorial Grandstand and the honour roll of St John’s Stroud. Her sisters Bessie and Hazel Lowrey also nursed overseas during the War. A fourth sister, Joyce, signed up for the AANS late in the War but was not called on for overseas service.
Training and experience – graduated Sydney Hospital 1912, became Matron of Scone Hospital after the War.
Service – Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR). Her Matron’s report in 1919 describes Olivia as “a good, conscientious medical & surgical nurse, … observant, punctual in the discharge of her duties and kind to the patients.” Matron Roscoe, QAIMNS, 17 January 1919
Service location – France and UK
Medals – British War Medal and Victory Medal
National Archives of Australia MT1487/1 LOWREY O A
National Archives of the UK WO/372/23 & WO/399/5019
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1911, p.7, retrieved from Trove 27 July 2010
Australasian Nurses’ Journal, Vol XIV No 11 November 1916, pp. 369-371, Vol XVII No 3 March 1919, pp.86-87
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© Christine Bramble 2013