|Nanna standing 2nd from right, at Beaconsfield|
This post is in part inspired by the Sepia Saturday blogging prompt, and by the photos and papers shown to me by my mother earlier this year.
Nanna loved babies!
Mum says she couldn’t get enough of us when we were little.
There weren’t many options open to unmarried country girls in their mid 20s in the mid 1920s, so Nanna and her sister trained in mothercraft nursing.
Mavis Fanshawe LONG (1906-1982) and her sister Frances Jean McVey LONG (1901-1988) moved to the city and trained at the Foundling Hospital and Infants Home in Berry Street, East Melbourne and Beaconsfield.
Berry Street was founded in 1877 by a group of Melbourne women with the help of the wife of the Governor of the time. In 1907 they implemented a formalised mothercraft nurse training program that continued until 1975.
Nanna got her certificate in 1933 at the age of 27.
You can read more about the history of Berry Street here.
It was at Berry Street that Nanna befriended Shirley Constance GARRETT (1912-1978), a fellow nurse from nearby St Kilda.
It was through Shirley and visiting her family that Nanna met her husband, Shirley’s brother John Raikes GARRETT (1908-1992).
They married in 1935.
I’ve written more about Nanna, with more photos, here.
|Auntie Jean (Nanna's sister) is standing third from left|
|Nurse Shirley Garrett|
|Sisters Twyford and Tulloh, and Matron H McGain|