People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Maud Violet Florinda Primrose (1872–1954)

Miss Primrose

Miss Primrose

Who's Who in the World of Women

Born, Bendigo, Victoria.

Daughter of the late Robert and M. L. Primrose. Robert Primrose was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1830, and arrived in Victoria in 1854. He came of an old Scotch family, of which the Earls of Rosbery and the late Sir John Ure Primrose (Mr. Primrose’s nephew) were distinguished descendants.

ACTIVITIES. Miss Primrose’s main interest has been the caring of Infant Life. She is the Hon. Organising Secretary of The Truby King League, and is Sir Truby King’s representative in Victoria and South Australia. Her urge has been his high ideals. ‘‘For God and His little ones, ” and the scientific principles and teaching which have brought about such outstanding results in so many climates and countries. She was trained at the Wagga Hospital, New South Wales, and subsequently held the Matronship of that Hospital for seven years. Her certificates include those of the A. T. N. A., the R. V. T. N. A., the Royal New Zealand (Plunket) Society for the health of Women and Children. She is a Life Member of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing. In 1909 she founded the Visiting Trained Nurses' Association of Victoria, of which she was Hon. Secretary, and which she represented on the Council of the R. V. T. N. A. for many years. She was mainly responsible for the first Truby King Centre in this State, which was opened by Sir Truby King in the presence of Lady Helen Munro Fergusson, at Coburg, in 1919. She has established many centres on the same lines. She founded the Truby King Mothercraft League of South Australia on 25th October, 1934, when a large committee of leading citizens, medical men and scientists of the Adelaide University was elected. In recognition of her spade work from 1916, the Victorian Society for the Health of Women and Children named the Primrose Nurses of the Tweddle Hospital for Babies after her. She is an Hon. Life Member of the Society.

ADDRESS (Official). The Truby King League, Kelvin Hall, 55 Collins Place, Melbourne, Victoria. (Home) Mrs. T. L. Tyson, Bunumburt Station, via Hay, New South Wales.

This person appears as a part of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplement. [View Article]

Related Entries in NCB Sites

Citation details

'Primrose, Maud Violet Florinda (1872–1954)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Miss Primrose

Miss Primrose

Who's Who in the World of Women

Life Summary [details]


31 July, 1872
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


16 July, 1954 (aged 81)
Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.