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Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives melbourne, Victoria

The Alfred Hospital Nurses League Inc-Nursing Archives was developed through the compilation of nursing reminiscences, collection of items, documents, stories and research. The archives commenced in 1990. It is the only independent, self governing, not- for -profit, membership based nursing archives in Victoria. It comprises past and present nurses and their mission is to ensure that nursing heritage is valued, sustained, communicated and enriched through the preservation and conservation of the collection. We offer our members nurse reunion tours of the hospital and an annual reunion dinner.

Contact Information

location
Old Monash Medical School Building, Ground Floor, Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Rd Melbourne 3004 (map)
phone
+61 0439 337 101 or office 03 9076 3540

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday and Wednesdays 10:00hrs- 16:00 hrs

Entry Fee

free

Location

Old Monash Medical School Building, Ground Floor Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Road melbourne Victoria

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Nursing Archives seeks to collect and preserve material that relates to and provides evidence for the education of nurses, nursing practice, the careers of Alfred nurses, their contribution to the community, the changing dynamics of the provision of health care on the development of nursing and the preparation of nurses at the Alfred Hospital since 1870.The types of items are record books of nurses training from 1880 ,photos, written and recorded memories, letters, pamphlets,speeches, invitations, nurse work books, diaries uniforms, medals both hospital and war and hospital equipment.

Significance

The Alfred Hospital Nurses League Nursing Archives is significant as it holds evidence of the high standard of nurse training since 1880. Evidence of nurse practice and changes over the decades in the hospital and the community. A source of information on social and cultural roles of women, their work and health care environments. The collection can offer research on the many themes we have identified. War nurses, prominent Alfred nurses, costumes, environments, nursing history and key clinical areas in the hospital.

Sonia Morris 7 February 2018 1:59 PM

I have no connection with the nursing profession, except as a patient but I found this collection fascinating.

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commemorative medallion - H.M.S Galatea commemorative medallion

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A round,metal coloured medallion . Inscribed on both sides. The obverse shows a profile bust with edge detail. The reverse features HMS Galatea under sail.Commerating the visit to Australia by HRH Prince Alfred , Duke of Edinburgh in 1867.

Historical information

This medallion was presented to Punt Road State School pupils who attended the Alfred Hospital Foundation Stone Ceremony 6th March 1869 by HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

Significance

This item is of historical significance because HRH Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh laid the Alfred Hospital Foundation Stone. The Alfred Hospital is the first Melbourne public hospital on its original site.

Inscriptions & Markings

The medal on the obverse side shows a profile bust of the Duke of Edinburgh. Inscribed around the bust is H.R.H.Duke of Edinburgh. Floral decoration around the medal edge. The reverse side had a sailing ship. The ship is HMS Galatea. Around the edge : THE COMMEMORATIVE THE VISIT OF HRH PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE PF EDINBURGH K.G.

Nurse Annie Rentle medal - Nurse Annie Rentle medal

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This small round medal has been inscribed with the name of nurse Annie Rentle to whom it was awarded.

Historical information

This medal was presented to nurse Rentle in appreciation and recognition of the extraordinary effort she achieved by her courage to rescue patients during a fire which destroyed Wards 4 and 6 at the Alfred Hospital on Boxing Day in 1888. All patients survived. Nurse Annie Rentle graduated in 1890

Significance

This medal is significant as it is evidence of the appreciation by the hospital by the heroic efforts of the student nurse to ensure the safety of patients during this fire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of medal has a Maltese Cross with 'Alfred Hospital' underneath. Latin wording around the cross. "Ubi Non Esti Mulier Ibi Ingemiscit Aeger" Meaning: 'Where there is not a women, there the sick man groaneth '. The obverse reads: 'Presented to Nurse Rentle for assistance rendered at fire Dec. 26th 1888.' Unfortunately, her name on the medal reads as ' Renile.'

Louisa Mann Gold Medal Board

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This honour board, made of timber, lists the names of 59 nurses who were awarded at an annual event , the Louisa Mann Gold Medal to the most outstanding nurse in three years of training [theory and practice].

Historical information

This timber honour board was created in the 1930's and the name of the first nurse was added in 1934. The name of the last nurse was 1992 as the School of Nursing at Alfred Hospital closed.

Significance

This honour board is significant to all nurses who graduated from Alfred Hospital as it was a privilege to be nominated the nurse with best over all performance during the groups 3 years of training.

Inscriptions & Markings

Louisa Mann Gold Medal Alfred Hospital Nurses league Names of nurses

Statue representing Florence Nightingale

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A plaster of paris staturette of Dame Edith Evans who portrayed Florence Nightingale in the film 'The Lady with the lamp' in 1929. The figure is clothed in full length black dress, a cross around her neck and a cap on her head. Hands clasped at the waist.

Historical information

The film 'The lady with the lamp' 1929 was portrayed by Dame Edith Evans. This was made in the image of Dame Evans.

Significance

This statue is a representation of Florence Nightingale and is a reminder to nurses that Miss Nightingale was a remarkable women and founder of the Nightingale Training School in London and established nurse training in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of base: Florence Nightingale. Under surface of base-paper pasted on-'A much loved gift given to the Alfred Hospital archives on 27.10.2004 by Bade [ Beatrice B. Evans nee Caldecott]

Perpetual calendar

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A rectangular shaped perpetual calendar, pyramid shape top, on a small pedestal, made of oak timber. Four timber knobs on each side which turn the calico roll on which is printed month, date and day visable through three glass windows.

Historical information

This calendar was used in the old administration building in the c 1920's.

Significance

This item is of significance as it was used by the early hospital administrators. It is currently on display in Nursing Archives and used by the nursing archives team when the office is open.

Inscriptions & Markings

ALFRED HOSPITAL is stamped on the back of the item.

Booklet: 'Address to Nurses 1880' - ' Opening, Address to Nurses'

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This small A 5 size booklet is one of many copies. It is made of paper and printed in black ink. It is titled 'Opening. Notes to Nurses, Rules for Nurses under Training' by John Blair M.D. F.R.C.S 1880'

Historical information

The Alfred Hospital was the first nurse training school for general nurses in Victoria. The first lecture was 1st December 1880 by Dr. John Blair. He created this booklet and included an examination.

Significance

This booklet if significant as it shows the preparation required to ensure quality nurse training from 1880 at the Alfred Hospital.

Copper Steam Kettle, extension and spout. - Listers spray

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

The steam kettle is made entirely of copper and is enclosed. It has an elongated straight extension, a fan shaped spout and a small opening for filling.

Historical information

Steam kettle together with a steam tent was used to maintain a constantly moist atmosphere. A steam tent is a tent enclosing the whole bed by means or sheets or curtains to allow the steam to enter. The kettle was heated over a gas or spirit stove as electricity was not connected to the wards until 1919.

Significance

Steam inhalations were used to relieve patients with respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, croup and laryngitis. Drug therapy could also be used by this route. It was an effective method of treatment prior to the introduction of modern therapy in hospitals such as humidifiers and nebulizers.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Six Bricks saved: from Nurses Home 1922-1996

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

These six bricks were saved from the Alfred Hospital Nurses Home when it was being demolished in 1996. The nurses who saved the bricks had difficulty accessing the site and this effort is now appreciated by nurses who return for reunion tours of the hospital and reminiscense about the nurses home.

Historical information

These bricks evoke many memories of the nurse training days, prior to 1992, when nurses were encouraged to live on site at the nurses home.

Significance

These items are of significance because we have memories of the building so many of us called home during our nurse training.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brick a & b. City bricks Brick e - f Holded bricks

Student nurse blue cape

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This light blue woollen cape is wrist length, unlined, without a collar and worn by Alfred Hospital student nurses until 1992.

Historical information

These capes were worn by student nurses. They were worn when going on duty, when going off duty, when called to see the Matron or senior nurse but never worn on duty. They were made of light woollen fabric so some nurses lined their capes for added warmth.

Significance

These capes were the only means of warmth for student nurses when in uniform. The strict rules of the uniform meant no other visuable clothing could be worn for warmth.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ball & Welch Ltd Melbourne

Nurse Graduation Certificate

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

Nurse Graduation Certificate 1888, Alfred Hospital. Hard cover, brown leather with gold lettering title and decorative border on the front cover. When folded open there is a print of Alfred Hospital on the upper half and a certificate on the lower half.

Historical information

The cerificate was given to nurses when they graduated from nurse training. This certificate is one of few at Alfred Hospital Nursing Archives. Maria Birrell one of the first graduates in 1882

Significance

The first nurse graduation certificate was given to Alfred Nurses in 1882. The School of nursing commenced at Alfred Hospital in 1880. It is the first general nurse training school in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover has gold lettering, NURSES' CERTIFICATE ALFRED HOSPITAL and a gold decorative border. Inside is a print of Alfred Hospital circa 1871 and the black ink cerificate signed by the President , two examiners and the nurse 31st July 1888

Nurse text Book-'Lectures for Nurses' - 'Lectures for Nurses'

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A small, light blue,fabric covered book.

Historical information

The Alfred Hospital commenced a Preliminary Training School in 1933. From 1935, this textbook was a guide for many nurse teaching hospitals in Australia.

Significance

This book is significant as it efficiently assisted teaches and nurses. Before it was created, nurses took hand written notes at lecture periods or used roneoed doctors lectures.

Inscriptions & Markings

The book is titled ' Lectures for Nurses'. The book was written by G. N. Burbidge and printed in 1935.She was a tutor sister at Alfred Hospital. She has autographed the book.The book was presented to her in 1954 to Sister Headberry who was also a tutor sister.

Nurses learning to bandage 1933 - photograph

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This photograph shows a group nurses during bandaging practice outside the practical room which was at the South Wing of the Nurses Home

Historical information

This photo shows a group of student nurses who are practicing bandaging in the sunshine near their practical classroom in 1933. Two tutor sisters are teaching them. They are wearing veils and their uniforms have become slightly shorter in length during the 1930's.

Significance

It was very important for nurses to practice bandaging during their nurse training , as the application of a comfortable and supportive bandage to a patient was indicative of skilled, high grade training.

Nursing children in the sunshine- Ward 15-1948 - Photograph

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A photograph taken circa 1948, of two trainee 2nd year nurses, caring for children in the sunshine outside the Children's Ward 15.

Historical information

This photograph of two Alfred Hospital trainee nurses with children indicates how important it was to allow children in hospital some exposure to sunshine and fresh air.

Significance

The Children's Ward 15 at the Alfred Hospital was on the ground floor and opened in 1902, west of the Administration Block. The upper level was Ward 12, a women's Medical Ward. A feature of this wing is that it had verandahs and balconies on both sides, these being equipped with a special design of blind. Patients could benefit by the morning as well as the afternoon sunshine.

Inscriptions & Markings

The photograph is labeled Audrey K and Lorna M with four children on a cot in the sunshine outside Ward 15

Childrens Ward Alfred Hospital circa 1910 - photograph

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A sepia photograph of the Childrens Ward at Alfred Hospital circa 1910. A sample of a light airy ward.

Historical information

The Children's Ward at Alfred Hospital called the 'Michaelis Ward' was opened in February 1902. A light airy ward. The Michaelis family were Alfred Hospital benefactors.

Significance

The photograph is of significance as it depicts a light airy ward.When cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak occurred in military camps in 1915 the childrens ward was used for extra and extensive care.

photo: Matron Haldane Turriff

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

Small, original sepia photograph, showing Haldane Turriff standing in uniform, circa 1871.There is an inscription on reverse side of photograph

Historical information

Haldane Turriff was the first Matron of the Alfred Hospital from 1871-1880. She was one of five nurses selected by Florence Nightingale to be sent out to Sydney with Lucy Osburn in 1868. She was one of two nurses selected by Lucy Osburn to nurse Prince Alfred , Duke of Edinburgh following a failed assassination attempt that occurred in March 1868.

Significance

Haldane Turriff , as the first Matron of the Alfred Hospital, was the link between the Nightingale School at St Thomas Hospital, London and the Alfred Hospital. Although she did not establish a training school at the Alfred Hospital in the Nightingale tradition, she laid the foundation for an excellent standard of nursing that has continued today.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse side of the photograph there is printed the name and address of the photography gallery ie London portrait gallery, 19 Royal Arcade, near the fountain, Melbourne. The inscription[ in handwriting] states 'Miss Turiff [sic] Turriff, matron Alfred Hospital nursed Duke of Edinburgh after attempted assassination.

The evolution of Alfred Hospital crests 1895-1936 - crest

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This crest and motto was used at the Alfred Hospital between 1895 and 1936. But, the motto was introduced in 1880 when the hospital introduced a nurse training program.

Historical information

This crest and motto was designed at the Alfred Hospital in 1895 and used until 1936.It featured a red pattee cross set above a motto which was introduced when the Alfred Hospital began nurse training in 1880.

Significance

The motto is significant to the Alfred Hospital Nurses League Inc. established 18th October 1918. There was no hospital badge for nurses on graduation from the Alfred Hospital, so the Alfred Hospital Nurses League Inc. had a badge designed with the hospital crest and motto which the League presented to Alfred Hospital nurses graduating from 1920 onwards.Reference: Alfred Hospital Nurses League minute books, 1919-1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

A crest was designed consisting of a red pattee cross set above the words ," Where there is not a woman, there the sick man groaneth"