Mary Threlfall

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Mary Threlfall

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Mary Josephine Threlfall

(1910-12-25)25 December 1910
Colac, Victoria
Died25 December 1996(1996-12-25) (aged 86)
Geelong, Victoria
ParentsJames Murtagh and Annie Constance (née Harney) Threlfall

Mary Threlfall MBE (25 December 1910 25 December 1996) was an Australian nurse who became matron of Greenslopes Private Hospital in Queensland, Australia.



Mary Threlfall MBE was born on 25 December 1910 at Colac, Victoria, Australia, the fourth child and second daughter of James Murtagh and Annie Constance (née Harney) Threlfall. [1] She is the granddaughter of George Threlfall. She spent her childhood years at Bullock Swamp (Warrion) near the Red Rock. She was educated at St Brendan's School at Coragulac, gaining her merit certificate in 1925, and was taught by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. [2] [3] After leaving school she worked for Dr Murray in Colac and then St Erin's Hospital in East Melbourne (corner of Fitzroy Street and Victoria Parade). She undertook general training at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. [4] In 1947 she was transferred to the Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney as relieving assistant matron. In 1951 she became Director of Nursing Services at the Repatriation General Hospital in Hobart. She spent three and a half years there before taking up a position as matron at the Repatriation General Hospital Greenslopes in Queensland. [5] After retiring in 1970 she spent a short time in Queensland before moving to Highton, Geelong, Victoria.

Colac, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Colac is a small city in the Western District of Victoria, Australia, approximately 150 kilometres south-west of Melbourne on the southern shore of Lake Colac and the surrounding volcanic plains, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) inland from Bass Strait. Colac is the largest city in and administrative centre of the Colac Otway Shire. At June 2016, Colac had a population of 12,411.

George Threlfall was an English-born Australian engineer and entrepreneur who founded the mining company that later became the Phoenix Foundry.

Warrion, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Warrion is a village in south west Victoria, Australia. Its buildings include a motor vehicle and farm equipment workshop, the Ti Tree Hotel, a church, a fire brigade station manned by volunteers and a community hall. Warrion sits at the foot of Warrion Hill. At the 2016 census, Warrion had a population of 198.

She died on 25 December 1996 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia and is buried in the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. [6]

Geelong City in Victoria, Australia

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Geelong is 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second largest Victorian city, with an estimated urban population of 192,393 as of June 2016. Geelong runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with Corio Bay to the east and hills to the west. Geelong is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong municipality, which covers urban, rural and coastal areas surrounding the city, including the Bellarine Peninsula.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea, to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.


She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1965 for services to nursing. [7]

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  1. The Argus (Melbourne) 13 November 1940 page 8
  2. Advocate (Melbourne) 4 February 1926 page 19
  3. Advocate (Melbourne) 3 February 1921 page 31
  4. Government Gazette - Supplement to the Register of Nurses - 20 April 1934
  5. The Mercury (Hobart) 25 November 1954 page 20
  6. Cemetery records
  7. The Canberra Times 1 January 1965 page 4