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Predicate Object 11 Jul 2006 2006-07-11T00:00:00.000Z 2006-07-11T00:00:00.000Z 2006.44.3 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2006.44.3 unknown 2006-06-27T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T08:09:16.506Z 60,_New_Zealand nursing/occupations nursing cape that belonged to Sister Kathleen Susan Cumming and probably associated with her work in private practises. HS Service: Middle East, Gallipoli - "saw many very sad cases ..from Gallipoli and the Dardanelles... often had to work 36 to 48 hours on end. Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory medal, Royal Red Cross (ARRC); service chevrons: 1 blue stripe ARRC citation: Sister NZ Army Nursing Service, Military Hospital, Rotorua; London Gazette 6 August 1919, p10053 "In recognition of her nursing service under "The Red Cross Society" or "Order of St John of Jerusalem" rendered in connection with the War." Kathleen Cumming trained at Auckland Hospital graduating in 1911, and and worked in a private nursing practise. She enlisted as a nurse on 6 July 1915 aged 37 years and served on HS Maheno until early 1916 when she returned to NZ; appointed as sister 27.7.1916 and then served on NZHS Maramareturning to New Zealand in August 1917 and was posted on duty at Rotorua. She nursed at Rotorua Hospital during the influenza epidemic and was here until struck off NZEF in February 1919. During the war Sister Cumming took leave without pay to nurse her sister-in-law. After returning home, with two other nurses, Evelyn Daisy Lever (qualified Auckland School of Nursing June 1905) and Bertha Emily Taylor (Qualified Auckland Hospital December 1909), opened up "Mt Pleasant" hospital in Wakefield Street, Auckland. Miss Taylor and Miss Cumming being the Head Nurses and Miss Lever, the Theatre Nurse. After a few years Sister Cumming had to go home to look after her mother who was ill, so this ended her nursing career. Sister Cumming was a dedicated nurse and died of a heart attack while living with her sister in Hamilton in 1949 [?]. nursing cape worn by Sister Kathleen Susan Cumming short pink / cerise silk cape; hook and eye fastening at neck; narrow band at neck; wide band down front and at lower edge; detailing centre back with 'bow' of same fabric cape, nursing
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