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Welcome to our
Thirty-first news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our fist edition for 2014.
We do, of course, wish everyone a happy and prosperous, if somewhat
belated, New year.
Nurse Histories - Ongoing...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson - special and still progressing. Publication is currently delayed. Apologies.
And yet two more new articles from Sarah Rogers. Both histories of QAIMNS nursing sisters and their badges - the first, Ada Maria Blake - 1885 - 1978: and the second Sister Dorothy Elizabeth Jordan - 1886 -1960: The London Hospital..
Both are very nicely illustrated and well worth a read. Sarah is now progressing through an external course at the University of Dundee. It is laudable that she is continuing her now regular and much valued contributions to SoN. Undoubtedly a shining star! More articles follow....
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 5.
The scrapbook photographs are presented
exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages
in a pseudo-reproduction -
leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail
that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the
scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. As with
any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms
Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are
part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the
scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially
this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... PART 5 is
Member Photograph Galleries.
We are already at 3989 - 4000 seems a
definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we
will see another magic number very shortly, thanks to our many contributors.
We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...
Collecting... Not really miscellaneous - More a mixed treasure trove!...
This is where I must reveal what I really wanted for Christmas 2013 - plus one or two other badges I was able to acquire because of the generosity of Father Christmas. But I stayed true to cause wherever possible (and xmas was tempting for me) and purchased only badges which fell into my area of collecting. I did purchase two badges which were un-named - a Lincoln school of nursing silver (I don't know of an issued silver from Lincoln) and London Hospital commemorative, which was probably not intended for a particular recipient. More about both below. But first my major prize - A London Hospital Masonic Lodge founders medal from 1901 (nearly 113 years ago)......
Stunning! Issued! Absolutely gorgeous! Absolute magic! Plus ribbon, badges and bars.
Maker. J. Bladon, London. 1901. Solid
silver. 28gms. Phil, at
silvermakersmarks, was once again able to elaborate. He said
- "This is the mark of Joseph Bladon who first registered this mark in
1876 from his premises in Clerkenwell. The hallmark here is London 1901.
Joseph Bladon retired in 1894 and the business continued as Bladon &
Humphries and finally Bladon & Co, until the 1950s".
Immaculate intricate scroll work surrounding a very fine enamel centre
piece. The enamel centre piece carries a picture of perhaps a Samaritan
(female - a nurse perhaps) offering a helping hand to a fallen person -
either ill or injured, with two stretcher-bearers and a building in the
background representing perhaps The London Hospital.... There are many
questions - later we will try to answer them - meanwhile, superb isn't it?
Makers: Toye & Co, London.
Another I had not come across before, but I have now!
Hallmarked 16gms of solid silver. Having once been a member of teaching staff at this hospital I had several of these badges in my (professional) possession - but had never known one awarded or possessed one myself before. Once again I am able to say 'But I have now!'
Unforunately, the Hallmarks although the hallmarks seem to read S&D perhaps a Glasow manufacturer - dated perhaps in the early 60's (a guesstimate) - I have so far failed to identify the hallmark. There is no badge maker mark outside the hallmark. Pity the actual name of the badge manufacturer does not appear. Non-hallmarked chromium plated versions of the badge were manufactured & stamped by The London Badge and Button Company....
At the end of the day I couldn't just walk away with such superb gifts for myself. Although not quite conscience-stricken, I bought a very nice QARANC 'Friendship' badge as a gift for my brother-in-law - he collects 'Military' - but I have been working for a couple of years now to convert him to 'Nursing Military' - a worthy cause methinks.....
that it was Christmas day every day. And you were given five superb badges every day! Eighteen hundred and twenty five superb badges. But
like Midas, you found that when you touched one, every set became a
boiled egg! But then you didn't know that until you had touched one.... Forgive yourself - you never would!
Egg sandwiches anyone?.......
St James Hospital, London.
'Guessing Games'? Guessing the correct
badge and as many correct names as possible. Names above... At Least we know that the
Matron was Miss Todd! Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the
31st Schools of Nursing Site News.
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
who have contributed the original photographs
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