Anne Donnell joined the A.I.F. as Staff Nurse, No. 3 Australian General Hospital, aged 39 years 7 months. She was a South Australian (Cherry Gardens, Adelaide) from where she embarked on the Mooltan, 20 May 1915.
She was promoted to Sister on 5 May 1917.
Sister Donnell returned to Australia on the Margha, disembarking 28 February 1919.
Mitchell Library MLMSS 1022
National Library of Australia NLA MS 3962
Parents were William Donnell (1830-1881) and Fanny Jacobs (1846-1918).
The Register of 7 June 1920 reports that Anne Donnell is matron of a South Australian Anzac Hostel.
She published her letters and diaries in a book entitled Letters of an Australian army sister (Angus & Robertson ltd, Sydney) in 1920.
The Register of 25 March 1926 reports she has resigned from the position of Matron at the ANZAC Hostel in Glenelg and is accompanying a Mr LW Walker, an incapacitated ex-serviceman, on a trip to Colombo.
The Register of 17 January 1928 reports she was training in New Zealand “drawn by her interest in mothercraft work and the world fame of Sir Truby King’s methods.”
Anne Donnell ran the Goldfields Infant Welfare Centre in Kalgoorlie from 1930s onwards. She was a member of the Kalgoorlie RSL.
Electoral Roll for 1931 has an Anne Donnell “trained nurse” at 89 Egan St Kalgoorlie; 1936 “nurse” 72 Ward St, Kalgoorlie; 1954 “retired” 24 James St, North Beach, Perth.
Died 23 September 1956 in Perth.
Credit: thanks to GWF members LeoMc & Kirsty Harris for information
[7.10.1915] P.S.-I am off to my final destination in a day or two so good-bye. My address will be No. 3 A.G.H., A.I.F., Turk’s Head Peninsula, West Point, Mudros, Lemnos, via Alexandria, Egypt.
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