Emily Gertrude O'Neill

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'''O'NEILL, Emily Gertrude'''
'''O'NEILL, Emily Gertrude'''
'''Service no:''' Staff Nurse [http://soda.naa.gov.au/record/7998302/1]
'''Service no:''' Staff Nurse [https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7998302]
'''Place of birth:''' Binalong, via Cootamundra, 1875
'''Place of birth:''' Binalong, via Cootamundra, 1875

Current revision as of 02:48, 13 January 2021

O'NEILL, Emily Gertrude

Service no: Staff Nurse [1]

Place of birth: Binalong, via Cootamundra, 1875

Address: Fremantle, WA

Occupation: Nurse

Next of kin: Ursula Dalton (step-sister), Orange

Date of enlistment: 11 December 1916

Place of enlistment: N/A

Age at enlistment: 41

Fate: Embarked Kaiser-i-Hind Fremantle 18 December 1916. Disembarked Suez 10 January 1917. Embarked Alexandria 12 August 1918. Disembarked Salonika 14 August 1919. Returned to Australia 16 May 1919. Appointment terminated 7 August 1919.

Date of death: 20 August 1937, Darlinghurst

Emily Gertrude O’Neill was born in Binalong in 1875 to Thomas Joseph O’Neill and his wife Martha Elizabeth. She completed her nurse’s training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.

Nurse O’Neill moved to Western Australia; her name appears on the first registry of midwives in that state in 1913.

Upon her enlistment in December 1916 Emily nominated her stepsister - Ursula Dalton – as her next of kin. Ursula was the wife of Gerald Thomas Dalton, the eldest son of Thomas Garrett “Gatty” Dalton, who was Mayor of Orange in 1903, 1904 and 1905.

Emily served in Egypt and Greece, returning to Western Australia in May 1919. She lived in Fremantle Women’s Prison, where she worked as a matron until the early 1930s.

Census records indicate that she moved back to NSW and was living in Edgecliff in 1936. Nurse O’Neill died in 1937 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Darlinghurst, aged 65.

During her war service she wrote a most evocative letter to “Aunt Mary” (a work colleague) describing her experiences in Salonica.

Western Mail, 10 January 1919, p. 36.

Nurse O’Neill’s letter [2]

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