Historical information

Haldane Turriff was the first Matron of the Alfred Hospital from 1871-1880. One of five nurses selected by Florence Nightingale and sent to Sydney, led by Lucy Osburn in 1868. Matron Turriff was one of the two nurses, selected by Lucy Osburn, to nurse Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh following the assassination attempt on the Prince in Sydney in March 1868.


Haldane Turriff, the first Matron of the Alfred Hospital, was employed as a 'Nightingale nurse' specifically to set up the hospital in the 'Nightingale' mode. This she did and was a formidable advocate for nurses and nursing.

Physical description

Sepia photograph of Haldane Turriff in uniform.

Inscriptions & markings

On the back of the photograph is printed - 'London Portrait Gallery, 19 Royal Arcade, near the fountain, Melbourne'. A handwritten note states 'Miss Turiff [sic] Turriff, matron Alfred Hospital nursed Duke of Edinburgh after attempted assassination'.