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Doherty, Muriel Knox (1896 - 1988)

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Born
19 July 1896
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
29 September 1988
Occupation
Nurse educator and Nursing administrator

Summary

Muriel Knox Doherty began nursing in 1921 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales, and set up the first preliminary training school at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, 1933-1937. In her capacity as matron-in-charge she was the first nurse appointed to the rank of squadron leader in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), where she inaugurated the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service. After World War II she worked with displaced persons at Bergen Belsen concentration camp, as a member of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. One of four founders of the New South Wales College of Nursing in 1949, she was also instrumental in the establishment of the Civilian Nursing Services Bureau, and co-authored the first Australian text book for nurses, Modern Practical Nursing Procedures, 1944. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal (1st Class) in 1945 for her work in the RAAF Nursing Service.

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Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Letters of Muriel Knox Doherty (Matron), 1946 - 1983, PR91/169; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Scrapbooks, letters and papers of Muriel Knox Doherty (Matron, RRC, AANS and RAAF Nursing Service), 1914 - 1954, 3DRL/2518; Doherty, Muriel Knox (1896 - 1988); Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Muriel Knox Doherty, 1946 - 1952, MS 1518; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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