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Jessie Eleanor Bage (1890–1980)

Jessie Bage, n.d.

Jessie Bage, n.d.

from Who's Who in the World of Women, vol 2, 1934

Miss Bage (Jessie Eleanor)

Born at South Yarra, Melbourne. Victoria. Daughter of the late Charles Bage, M.A., M.D., of South Yarra, and Collins St., Melbourne. Educated at the Melbourne Church of England Girls' Grammar School. Past President of Old Grammarians’ Society and at present elected Member of the Committee. Member of Council of Melbourne Church of England Girls’ Grammar School since 1927.

ACTIVITIES. On the outbreak of war took up Red Cross Work and was one of the first to do Ambulance duty on the trains conveying invalided soldiers from Melbourne to their homes in Adelaide and Sydney. V.A.D. at No. 1 Red Cross Rest Home, Wirth’s Park, and in 1916, when the Australian Red Cross Society sent 30 V.A.D's. to serve abroad at the request of the British Red Cross Society, was one of nine chosen to go from Victoria. Served as a Military V.A.D. in British Military Hospitals in London and France till August, 1919. On return in 1920, took up various social and philanthropic works, and keeping in close touch with V.A.D. work. In 1928 when the Voluntary Aid Detachments were formally recognised as a Branch of the Australian Army Medical Corps, was appointed Assistant Comptroller of the Voluntary Aid Detachments for the 3rd Military District, Victoria. Also Commandant of the South Yarra Detachment. Member of Committee of Junior Red Cross Cadet Detachments. Hon. Instructor of the St. John Ambulance Association.

CHARITIES. Hon. Secretary of the Melbourne Hospital Red Cross Auxiliary since 1921, being appointed just after the movement was started, and continuing in that capacity to the present. Hon. Life Governor of the Melbourne Hospital. In 1934 was appointed to the Committee of Management of the Melbourne Hospital, being the first woman to have a seat on the Committee.

HOBBIES. Fond of travelling and motoring, and has driven on extended tours in Victoria, N. S. W. and Tasmania.

CLUBS. Lyceum Club (Member of Committee), Returned Army Nurses’ Club, Old Grammarians’ Club, Metropolitan Golf Club.

ADDRESS. 27 Kensington Road, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria.

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Jessie Bage, n.d.

Jessie Bage, n.d.

from Who's Who in the World of Women, vol 2, 1934

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South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


1980 (aged ~ 90)
Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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