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Chatfield, Florence (1867 - 1949)


1 February 1867
Worthing, Sussex, England
5 November 1949
Nurse and Medical administrator


From 1900-1934 Florence Chatfield was matron and then superintendent of the Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases, Queensland. She was also supervisor and organiser of the Queensland Government Baby Clinics from their inception in 1918. In 1904 she presided over the founding meeting of the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Trained Nurses' Association (now Royal Australian Nursing Federation), and worked for it in many ways for over 40 years. She was appointed OBE - Officer of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 1 January 1932, for her work as superintendent of the Chronic Diseases Hospital.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Chatfield, Florence (1867 - 1949), Biographical Entry', in Bright Sparcs, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2002,; Law, Glenda, 'Chatfield, Florence (1867-1949) and Barron, Ellen (1875-1951)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2006,

Archival resources

Australian Nurses Federation, Brisbane

  • Florence Chatfield - Records, 1904 - 1944; Australian Nurses Federation, Brisbane. Details

Maternal and Child Welfare Division, Brisbane

  • Florence Chatfield - Records; Maternal and Child Welfare Division, Brisbane. Details

Queensland State Archives

  • Florence Chatfield - Records, 1900 - 1934; Queensland State Archives. Details

Helen Morgan

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