Wilson, Grace Margaret (Matron, b.1879 - d.1957)

Accession Number 3DRL/7819
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Documents, Letters
Maker Wilson, Grace Margaret
Place made Australia, Greece: Aegean Islands, Lemnos
Date made 1915-1953
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/112/016
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to Matron Grace Margaret Wilson. Collection consists of a detailed letter from Wilson to her sister describing medical conditions (plus transcript of letter); photocopy of an article "Nursing has been her whole life" published in "Woman's Day and Home" magazine, June 1953 (plus transcript of article).

Biographical information: Matron Wilson enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) Reserve sometime before 1914. She became Principal Matron of 3 Australian General Hospital in Egypt, Lemnos, and France. Appointed Principal Matron of 3 Military District in 1924. Promoted Matron in Chief of the AANS and led the AIF Coronation Contingent in 1937. She retained the position as a part time appointment until 1939, when it reverted to a full-time appointment. She was sixty-two years old when she relinquished command in 1941.