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Western Australia - Archival Item

Interviews with Clara Taylor and Dorothy Evelyn Wiley, nurses (1971)

State Library of Western Australia

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'Interviews with Clara Taylor and Dorothy Evelyn Wiley, nurses' is an oral history held by the State Library of Western Australia. The nurses were involved in maternity hospitals in Western Australia, including the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). Many young women who had been in out of home care gave birth at KEMH.


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Open. This oral history interview is available to hear and the transcript can be viewed at the State Library of Western Australia. Please request access before visiting the library.


From the State Library of Western Australia]

Dorothy Wiley - association with Eleanor Harvey; establishment of King Edward Memorial Hospital; first wards; first matron; rates of pay; foundation of the nursing training school by Miss Harvey, 1916; the Australian Trained Nurses Association; Mrs Walsh, Mrs Latta, Miss Denny, Miss McRyan, Mrs Brierly; private hospitals, Westminster, Stirling, Grosvenor, Parkside; Dr Clement, Couch, McAleer, Officer, Merriweather, Haynes, Gillespie, Hadley, Ambrose; examination procedures for nursing; private maternity hospitals. Clara Taylor - childhood illness, typhoid, 1908; medical treatment; nursing training at Karitani, Melbourne; work in Morra Hospital; midwifery training at King Edward Maternity Hospital with Mrs Walsh; private nursing experience; move to Nannup; emergencies in hospital; return to Perth; living conditions; food; Miss Carson, Miss Hayes, Sister Edis, Sister Bottle; nursing duties at King Edward Maternity Hospital.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser