Miss Patricia Downes Chomley was born Dec 11, 1909, to Francis Charles Chomley and Mary Aileen Charlotte Anderson at Sale, Victoria. She trained as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital, attaining four certificates. Patricia served in World War 2 (VX17205) at the 2/4th Australian General Hospital. The number of casualties treated through that hospital: 14,000 at Tobruk, 19,000 at Redbank, 10,000 at Jerusalem, Colombo and Labaun. A plaque commemorating the hospital can be found at the Repatriation Hospital Remembrance Garden in Heidelberg. In 1946, she was one of three Victorian nurses awarded a Florence Nightingale International Foundation scholarship, which involved a two year post graduate course in England at the Royal College of Nursing. When she arrived back in 1949, she became a director at the College of Nursing. After 15 years at the college, she retired in 1964. On Jan 1, 1968, Patricia was awarded Member of The Order of the British Empire (MBE – Civil) for service to nursing administration. In her retirement, she was Deputy Club Consultant for the Old Peoples’ Welfare Council of Victoria, advising elderly citizens clubs throughout the state. Patricia passed away at the Baxter Village Nursing Home in Frankston, on Oct 24, 2002, aged 92. If you are related to this lovely lady, a large version of the photo below, taken by photographer Spencer Shier in 1940, is available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 4198 x 5481, 65.8m)
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Date of Service: Oct 29, 2002. Cremation. Ashes scattered. Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South.