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Catherine Blackie

New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (NZRANSA) (Auckland) Onehunga RSA (photo J. Halpin April 2012) (CC-BY John Halpin)

New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (NZRANSA) (Auckland) Onehunga RSA (photo J. Ha …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Catherine AWMM
  • Surname
    Blackie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 22/64 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 October 1877 AWMM KaitangataOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Allan Blackie (father), 400 Leith Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 May 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    Nurse AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 10 July 1917 AWMM
    Posted to Retired List AWMM
    Staff Nurse AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Catherine Blackie was the daughter of Catherine Ann and Allan Blackie

    She trained as a nurse in Dunedin and was registered in 1910.

    Three of Catherine's brothers, John Gibbons Blackie, James Blackie and Donald Blackie also served in World War 1. James and Donald were killed.

    Marama then transfer to Moldavia for Suez. Ship name "Marama" from The Evening Post, May 23, 1915 listing the nurses and officers on the passenger list. Transfer to Moldavia.

    Nurse Blackie was a survivour of the Marquette tragedy, she was admitted on HMHS Grantully Castle and discharged at Alexandria, Invalided on Tahiti for New Zealand in November 1915.

    Worked at the Heliopolis House Hotel in Cairo, joined the New Zealand Stationary Hospital for duty in August 1916.

    Invalided to New Zealand on HS Maheno in March 1917. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 August 1937 AWMM
    Age 59 AWMM
    OtakiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Otaki Public Cemetery, end of Anzac Road, Otaki, New Zealand AWMM C102 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    "Sister Catherine Blackie, whose death at Otaki was reported, was one of the New Zealand sisters aboard the ill-fated Marquette when that vessel was torpedoed in the Mediterranean. For about nine hours she was in the water before being rescued, and was supported by a lifebelt Which was thrown to her by the late Dr T Harrison.
    When the explosion occurred and the ship went down, Sister Blackie was with another nurse she was drawn right under the vessel and came up on the other side.
    She had great difficulty in holding on to the lifebelt." Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 18 October 2015 - Auckland Star, Volume LXVIII, Issue 192, 14 August 1937, Page 12;
    Paperspast portal via National Library of New Zealand website;
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (Auckland) honours board, RSA Onehunga, Auckland AWMM

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18 October 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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