McCarthy, Emma Maud, (Dame) (1859-1949)

Also known as
McCarthy, Emma Maud, (Dame, DBE) (1859-1949)
McCarthy, Emma Maud, GBE (1859-1949)
McCarthy, Emma Maud (1859-1949)
Field of activity
Nurse; Servicewoman; Nursing Sister; army matron-in-chief
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-744065

Biographies

Dame Emma Maud McCarthy (1859-1949), nursing sister and army matron-in-chief, was born on 22 September 1859 at Paddington, Sydney, eldest child of William Frederick McCarthy, solicitor, and his Sydney-born...

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Maud McCarthy was matron-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders during WWI.

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(Dame) Emma Maud McCarthy was a highly decorated war-time nurse. She received the Queen's and King's Medal (1902), the Royal Red Cross (1902) and a Bar (1918c), the Florence Nightingale Medal, the Belgian Medaille de la Reine Elizabeth, the French Légion d'honneur and Medaille des Epidémies and was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). In 1891 McCarthy left Australia to study nursing in England. After graduating, she was appointed Sister at the London Hospital and served as Sister-in-Charge at the Sophia Women's Ward during the South African War. This was followed by seven years service with the Army Nursing Service Reserve. When World War I broke out McCarthy was posted to the British Expeditionary Force and served in France and Flanders. As Matron-in-Chief, she was in charge of all British and Allied Nurses working in the extended region – around 6000 nurses at its peak. Dame Emma McCarthy returned to England after the war and worked as Matron-in-Chief of the Territorial Army Nursing Service from 1920 until her retirement in 1925.

  • Education - Probationer undertaking general nursing training at London Hospital in Whitechapel
  • Career position - Sister at the London Hospital
  • Career position - Sister in the Army Nursing Service Reserve
  • Award - Royal Red Cross received
  • Award - Queen's and King's Medal received
  • Career position - Matron with the Army Nursing Service Reserve at Aldersshot, Netley and Millbank military hospitals
  • Career position - Principal Matron at the War Office
  • Career position - Matron, then Matron-in-Chief appointed to the British Expeditionary Force in Abbeville, France and Flanders
  • Award - Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Career position - Matron-in-Chief with the Territorial Army Nursing Service
  • Life event - Retired

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Resources for Emma Maud McCarthy

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Australian Women's Register

  1. McCarthy, Emma Maud
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. McCarthy, Emma Maud (1859 - 1949), Biographical Entry
    [2002]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  3. McCarthy, Dame Emma Maud (1859-1949)
    McCarthy, Perditta M
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  4. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  5. Nightingales in the mud : the digger sisters of the Great War 1914 - 1918
    Barker, Marianne
    [North Sydney]
    Published: Allen & Unwin

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. McCarthy, Emma Maud
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. McCarthy, Dame Emma Maud (1859-1949), Nursing Sister and Army Matron in Chief
    McCarthy, Perditta M.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 218-219
  3. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003

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