Biography

Birth date: 1871
Death date: 16 January 1933
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Matron
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: Red Cross

Margaret Gray was born in 1871. She later trained at the Coast (later known as Prince Henry) Hospital in Sydney and conducted a private hospital at Lismore before going abroad as a nurse with the British forces soon after the outbreak of war. She left Sydney for England in 1914, and was then sent to France and attached to the British Red Cross Hospital in Rouen. As the only Australian sister attached to the hospital, for the first year, she was often asked by the commanding officer to attend to the Australian patients.
By the end of the war she had nearly five years' service and was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her valuable work. In 1920 she was appointed matron of Graythwaite Convalescent Hospital, North Sydney, and later matron at Cavell House, the rest home for trained nurses. Margaret Gray occupied this position until her death on 16 January 1933.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Autograph book of Margaret Gray, 1915-1919

Autograph book relating to the First World War service of Matron Margaret Gray, Royal Red Cross. This book contains signatures, photographs, and sketches, with dates ranging from 1915-1919.

RCDIG0000291

Autograph book of Margaret Gray, 1915-1916

Autograph book relating to the First World War service of Matron Margaret Gray, Royal Red Cross. Contains verses, photographs, news clippings and sketches, with dates ranging from 1915-1916.

RCDIG0000292

Records of Margaret Gray, 1932

Records relating to the First World War service of Matron Margaret Gray, Royal Red Cross. This file contains records from 1932, regarding a radio program relating to Matron Gray's service. File contains: Typed transcript of radio program relating to war service; Handwritten letter from Lissie...

RCDIG0000293

Private Record

Gray, Margaret A (Matron, b.1871 - d.1933)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Matron Margaret A Gray, Royal Red Cross (RRC). Collection consists of two autograph books, containing verses, messages, photographs, watercolour and ink sketches, drawings, ribbon bars and badges from her time at the British Red Cross Hospital... Maker: Various

PR84/265 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1871
Date of death 1933-01-16