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Hester MacLean

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Portrait, Hester MacLean - No known copyright restrictions AWMM


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hester AWMM
  • Surname
    MacLean AWMM
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  • Gender
    Female AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    Army AWMM
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  • Hester Maclean was the daughter of Harold MacLean, Controller of Prisons, in New South Wales. She obtained her nursing certificate in 1893 at the Royal Albert Hospital Sydney. She was Matron of the Kogarah Hospital from 1894 to 1897 and then of the Women's Hospital, Melbourne. In 1900 she came to New Zealand as Assistant Inspector of hospitals. She joined the New Zealand Army Nursing Service as Matron in Chief and later became the director of the division of nursing in the Health Department. She retired in 1923.

    She served overseas during World War 1 and organised detachments of nurses to serve overseas.

    She was awarded the Royal Red Cross and the Florence Nightingale medals. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 2 September 1932 AWMM
      Age 69 AWMM
    • 1932 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • Who's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • Who's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
      Who’s who in New Zealand. (1932) AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Evening Post, 2 September 1932 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM