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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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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.

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

Syringe and Needle Kit for Visiting Nurses circa 1900.

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

Silver coloured metal flip up case containing a glass and metal syringe. A small glass vial containing 6 hypodermic needles. A further 6 vials with cork stoppers containing analgesic tablets to be dissolved in sterile water prior to administration. There are 2 perished rubber washers used in the syringe and a wire stilette for needle cleaning.

Historical information

Used by visiting trained nurses from The Alfred Hospital to administer medication in the patients home. The Alfred could provide these trained nurses as the Alfred began training nurses from 1880. The first training school in Victoria.

Significance

This rare item belonged to the sixth Matron of The Alfred 1912-1928, a beloved and eminent nurse of The Alfred Hospital

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base of the syringe and needle kit - Parke, Davis & Co. Pat Aug 1885. Markings on the vials: No 2 Apomorphine Hydrochlorate 1-10Gr No 3 Atropine Sulphate 1-50 Gr. No 5 Cocaine Hydrochlorate 1-4 Gr No 13 Morphine sulphatw 1-4 Gr No 16 Morphine sulphate 1-4 Gr & Atropine sulphate 1-150 Gr No 72 Strychnine Nitrate 1-4Gr Hypodermic Needles X 6

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

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.

Book for Alfred Hospital Nurses - '5.30 Nurse!'

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A hardcover book which was launched in 1996. The strength of the camaraderie shown among Alfred Hospital Nurses at the celebrations that followed the graduation of the final group of trainees from the school of Nursing in 1992, led Helen Paterson to write this book. She follows the history of Alfred Nurses from the establishment of the hospital in 1871, the beginning of nurse training in 1880, to reveal the hardships, pleasures and intrigues shared by Alfred Nurses.

Historical information

Dedicated to all nurses who have contributed to and have been part of the Alfred Hospital 1871-1996

Significance

This book is significant to all those associated with the Alfred Hospital as it reveals the hardships, pleasures and intrigues of nursing.

Commerative plaque

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

Bronze plaque commemorating 100 years of School of Nursing 1880-1980. Unveiled on 27th July 1981

Historical information

This commemorative plaque was created to mark the 100 years of the Alfred Hospital School of Nursing since Dec. 1880.

Significance

The plaque is significant as the Alfred Hospital School of nursing was the first formal , general nurse training school in Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above unveiled by Governor of Victoria Hon. Sir Henry Winneke. Badge of A.H. Badge of A.H.N.L.

Nurse Laundry case

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This brown, pressed cardboard laundry case, no handle, and catches at both ends,with protective covers on each corner of the case and lid, was used for soiled nurse uniforms and taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Linen Service. The cases were returned to the nurse with laundered uniforms, Each nurse was allocated her own numbered case.This service commenced c 1953 until April 1992.Nurses then supplied and laundered their own uniform and the hospital laundry contact moved to Warrigal Linen Service.

Historical information

All nursing staff during this period had their uniforms laundered in this way. Uniforms suppied by Alfred Hospital to nurses were conpulsory.

Significance

The significance of the laundry case shows how times have changed for nursing staff in that uniforms, if worn, are laundered by the staff themselves.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker stating Royal Melbourne Hospital Central Linen Service and on outside number of box E 171 for identification purposes.

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"

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

Work reference for Nurse Gwendoline Luly - letter

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A work reference for Nurse Gwendoline Luly who graduated in 1922 from a prominent Alfred Hospital Surgeon Mr James Buchanan in 1929

Historical information

This work reference for Nurse Luly is an example of the value placed on highly skilled nurses, who trained at the Alfred Hospital in the 1920's..

Significance

A highly skilled surgical nurse is highly sought after. To receive a work reference from a prominent surgeon would ensure the nurse could have the type of surgical work she liked, to provide work satisfaction and allow her to travel if she chose.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Reference reads: 'Sister Gwen Luly was a Theatre Sister at the Alfred Hospital from May 1922 to February 1926. A fact that speaks for itself as to her surgical and nursing capabilities. She is without doubt one of the finest nurses we have ever had on our staff and I can most highly recommend her for any position requiring nursing and surgical skill of a high grade- James Buchanan'

DVD-'Nineteen Nurses' - Nineteen Nurses

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

Rectangular plastic DVD box with DVD included.The DVD which runs for 1 hour has interviews,film and photos detailing the service of 19 AH nurses in Bien Hoa during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Yellow colouring on cover with photgraph of two Alfred Hospital Nurses with Vietnamese children.

Historical information

This DVD, years in the making, tells the story of nineteen nurses from The Alfred Hospital who bravely volunteered to work in the heat and the turmoil of the Vietnam War. The Bien Hoa Provincal Hospital was in a very active military zone and the nurses quickly discovered how unprepared they were for what lay ahead.

Significance

This is an unique record in words and pictures of Alfred Hospital Trained civilian nurses volunteering in a significant war, The Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover of the DVD has the inscription "Nineteen Nurses The Story of Alfred Hospital Nurses in Wartime Vietnam" The back side of the DVD box has a synopsis of the nurses time in Vietnam and quotes from 2 AH nurses.Produced by Educational Resource Centre of The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne for the Alfred Hospital Nurses League.

Plaque. Matron Gwladys M. Thomas - plaque

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

This large metal plaque made from metal and brass is to the memory of Matron G. M. Thomas, Alfred Hospital Graduate 1933,was Matron of Hamilton Hospital and was killed in action in 1941.The plaque contains a 3D image of G. M. Thomas wearing her Alfred Hospital Nurses League badge.

Historical information

Matron Thomas was already in the army reserve at the outbreak of WW11, saw action in Middle East, unfortunately killed in a car accident after evacuating patients at this time.

Significance

The memorial plaque is significant because Matron Thomas was an Alfred Hospital graduate and remembered by the Alfred Nurses League and Alfred hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

In memory of Matron Gwladys M. Thomas AIF Trainee of Alfred Hospital. Killed in action 1941. 'Neither counted she her life dear unto herself.'

Photo: Nurse Maria Birrell

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A black and white photograph, showing nurse Maria Birrell circa 1882 dressed in her civilian clothes.

Historical information

Nurse Maria Birrell was one of the first nurses to graduate from the Alfred Hospital nurse training school in 1882. The first school commenced 1st December 1880.

Significance

The Alfred Hospital nurse training school was established and commenced 1st December 1880 and there are very few photographs of the early student nurses.

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

Nurses diary

Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives, melbourne

A small, reddish brown, leather covered pocket sized book. Gold lettering on front cover.

Historical information

The diary was used as a note book for Nurse Lectures in 1888. It mentions the subjects taught to nurses and by whom.

Significance

The 1888 diary is significant as nurse training commenced at Alfred Hospital in 1880. The first general nurse training school in Victoria , so the contents of the book indicate what was being taught and by whom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wellcome's Professional Nurse's Diary 1903-04 Burroughs Wellcome & Co