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Bessie McPhail (1880–1948)

Bessie McPhail

Bessie McPhail


Born, Inverness, Scotland. Daughter of Alexander McPhail, Esq., of Invernesshire, Scotland.

ACTIVITIES. Matron-in-charge of Osborne House, Geelong (Military), 1915. Enlisted for Active Service 1916, and was assigned to Transport Duty between Australia and England; served in Egypt with B. E. F., also saw service in France (Le Havre). Transferred to "Harefield, ” England. Returned to Australia, 1919, and was appointed sub-matron at Anzac Hostel, where she remained for the ensuing seven years. At present sub-matron Eye and Ear Hospital, where she has completed seven years service.

HOBBIES. Motoring, Books and Music.

CLUBS. Army Nurses’ Club.

ADDRESS. 9 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria.

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Bessie McPhail

Bessie McPhail


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Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland


9 January, 1948 (aged ~ 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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