Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
WCS. 13 Feb 1952. The chairman of the District Council… said…that the new nurses quarters at the Hospital would probably be completed in a month. The splendid stone and brick bungalow, which is now in the last stages of construction, is a credit to the enterprise and progress of the town and district, and to the builders.
WCS. 25 June 1952. Ceduna. District Council of Murat Bay minutes. It was resolved that a foundation stone be obtained for the new nurses quarters and that Sister Dowling be asked to lay it… The chairman announced that the Honour Roll had arrived on the last boat..
WCS. 23 July 1952. Ceduna. Work is well in hand on the new nurses quarters… The foundation stone will be laid on September 3, by Sister Dowling, who has been matron of the hospital for 20 years. The function is being organized by the district council… It will be held on the anniversary of the BCA’s inception at Ceduna, and that of the hospital auxiliary.
Photo of the hospital and the nurses quarters (on left) used with permission of the State Library of SA.
WCS. 10 September 1952. Ceduna. A very large and representative gathering from all areas of the district council witnessed the unveiling of the foundation stone of the new nurses quarters of the Murat Bay Hospital by Sister Dowling… For several years the council has been trying to build new quarters for the nurses. It was handicapped first by war conditions, then by the inability to obtain a contractor. It was only in the last few months that builders were obtained – Messrs Wallace and Mewett. In two months the walls have been built up to roof level. This indicates that the building will be ready for occupation early in the new year… The chairman of the Council, P S Morrison, escorted Sister F Dowling, Dr F E Gibson, Dr M Mueller, the president of the Hospital Auxiliary, Mrs P S Morrison, and Misses Barbara Kuhlmann and Ronda Kaehne, to a raised platform. Mr Morrison spoke of the good work of the BCA and the hospital staff and of how everyone was unanimous that Sister Dowling, the highly esteemed matron of 20 years devoted service, should unveil the stone… Amid unanimous applause, Sister Dowling then unveiled the stone… In his opening remarks, Mr Morrison explained that in conjunction with the unveiling ceremony, the 27th birthday of the work of the BCA in the district and the third birthday of the Auxiliary were being celebrated that day… Miss Barbara Kuhlmann cut the three storey birthday cake, made by Mrs Trowbridge sen and iced by Mrs A Kloeden…
WCS. 28 January 1953. Ceduna. The extreme heat… did not prevent a large crowd from gathering… to witness the opening ceremony of the new nurses’ quarters…police were busy parking cars as they arrived to prevent traffic congestion. The boy scouts, the guides and brownies and their leaders… formed a guard of honour… their first public appearance since their formation. At 2pm Mr P S Morrison, chairman of … Council, met the Hon H L McEwin, Chief Secretary and Mr A W Christian, MP and Mrs H Edmonds, MLC and escorting them through the guard of honour, introduced the leaders to them… The distinguished visitors were introduced to Matron Dowling, Mr M Mueller, Rev T Jones, BCA organising missioner, Sydney, members of hospital staff, MR A E Chadwick, BCA flying doctor pilot, and Rev T Hayman… thanked Mrs W H Watson and Mrs Kuhlman for personal supervision of selecting the furniture… paid tribute to the good work of the contractors, Messrs Wallace and Mewett, who had finished the building two months ahead of schedule. Mr Christian said he was pleased to be present… congratulate the district on the fine building. He remembered when the hospital was first opened. The council did it on their own and he had to persuade them to take the 500 pound grant from the Government… paid tribute to the BCA for its wonderful work in staffing the hospital…Mr McEwen concluded by saying he considered it a great privilege to turn the key and declare the building officially open…Six bedrooms have bright colourful linos… large built in wardrobes, oak dressing tables and bedside cabinets, oak beds with reading lamps at the head, candlewick bedspreads in an unusual shade of shell pink to beige and floral window curtains with a bedside mat to match… A large crowd attended the barbecue at the Ceduna showgrounds at night… receipts were approximately 30 pounds. Four sheep were spitted and cooked in real barbecue style. The weather was so hot that the cooks who persevered throughout the afternoon in turning the carcasses were said to be done to a turn themselves at the end…
Nurses Quarters on the left of the hospital. Could be Clive Brown’s milk delivery truck there?