Series 3: Correspondence

Accession Number RCDIG0001513
Collection number PR05050
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Series
Item count 238
Object type Letter, Newspaper cutting, Certificate
Maker Pocock, Mary Anne 'Bessie'
Place made At sea, Australia, China, Egypt, France, India, Malta, South Africa: Cape Colony, South Africa: Transvaal, United Kingdom, Western Front
Date made 1898-1949
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
First World War, 1914-1918
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This series predominantly consists of correspondence to and from Mary Anne ‘Bessie’ Pocock during the Boer War, First World War, and post-war periods. Within this series are eleven files, organised by date and theme. The first file relates to Pocock’s service with the New South Wales Army Nursing Service Reserve (NSWANSR) in the Boer War, and also the post-war period leading up to the First World War. The second through seventh files relate to her service with the Australian Army Nursing Service in the First World War. The eighth file relates to Pocock’s life back in Australia after the war, including her nursing career at the convalescent hospital which she established named ‘Ismailia’. The ninth file relates to her official employment as a civilian nurse in Australia. The tenth file contains correspondence that is undated, while the eleventh and final file contains copies of correspondence and other items , the originals of which are not in the collection.