McCready, Georgina (1888-1980)

Also known as
Johnstone, Georgina (1888-1980)
McCready, Georgina, (MBE) (1888-1980)
Field of activity
Nurse; Nursing Administrator; Unionist; Trade Unionist; Administrator; Nurse administrator
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-754079

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Georgina McCready (1888-1980), nurse, trade unionist and administrator, was born on 17 December 1888 at Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, daughter of George Johnstone, telephone inspector, and his wife...

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Georgina McCready was appointed as one of the first supervisory sisters in the New South Wales Department of Health in 1929, under the Public Health Act (1929). A founding member of the New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) in 1931, she was its first honorary secretary and the first woman to hold such a position in an industrial organisation in Australia. McCready was one of four founders of the New South Wales College of Nursing (NSWCN) in 1949. The McCready Scholarship (tenable at NSWCN) was established in 1954 by NSWNA in her honour. She was appointed MBE - Member of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 8 June 1963, for services to the nursing profession.

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Georgina McCready was appointed as one of the first Supervisory Sisters in the New South Wales Department of Health in 1929, under the Public Health Act (1929). A founding member of the New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) in 1931, she was its first Honorary Secretary and the first woman to hold such a position in an industrial organisation in Australia. McCready was one of four founders of the New South Wales College of Nursing (NSWCN) in 1949. The McCready Scholarship (tenable NSWCN) was established in 1954 by NSWNA in her honour. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 8 June 1963, for services to nursing.

Georgina McCready (née Johnstone) was born 17 December 1888 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. She married Samuel McCready (died 1940) on 25 January 1932 at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Sydney City, and died 16 September 1980 in Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales. She received her General Nursing Certificate from Eastern District Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland in 1912. She visited Australia with her father in 1913 and in 1914 the Johnstone family moved to Sydney. In 1914 she registered with the Australasian Trained Nurses Association, completing her Midwifery Certificate at the Women's Hospital, Crown Street, Sydney in 1922 and her Mothercraft Certificate at the Tresillian Centre, Petersham, New South Wales in 1928. She was appointed as one of the first Supervisory Sisters in the New South Wales Department of Health in 1929, under the Public Health Act (1929). A founding member of the New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA), 27 February 1931, she was its first Honorary Secretary and the first woman to hold such a position in an industrial organisation in Australia. McCready held this post again in 1935 and from 1941 to 1945, becoming Assistant General Secretary, 1946-1953.

McCready was one of four founders of the New South Wales College of Nursing (NSWCN) in 1949, and held the post of President of the Provisional Council from 12 January 1949 to 31 January 1950 (called Honorary Chairman to 19 May 1949). She was recognised as a Founder and invested as Foundation Fellow, 18 September 1952. She was one of the first two people to become Life Members of New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA), 1953. The McCready Scholarship (tenable at NSWCN) was established in 1954 by NSWNA in her honour. She was awarded the MBE, 8 June 1963, for services to nursing.

  • Private nursing home in Bedford, UK
  • Head Nurse at Renwick Children's Hospital in Summer Hill, New South Wales
  • Deputy Matron of St George District Hospital in Kogarah, New South Wales
  • Private hospital in Kogarah
  • Sister and Matron at the Cessnock Hospital, New South Wales
  • Matron at Maitland Hospital, New South Wales
  • Matron at Broken Hill Hospital, New South Wales
  • Baby Health Centres and Supervisory Sister with the Department of Health in New South Wales
  • Honorary Secretary of the New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA)
  • Salaried officer at NSWNA
  • Assistant General Secretary in NSWNA
  • Worked at NSWNA (part-time)
  • Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

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Australian Women's Register

  1. McCready, Georgina
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. McCready, Georgina (1888 - 1980), Biographical Entry
    [2002]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  3. McCready, Georgina (1888-1980)
    Woolston, Hazel
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  6. New South Wales Nurses Association deposit 2
    [129 boxes : 1943 - 2013]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Minute books of council, policy committees, divisions and annual conferences, publication production files for THE LAMP, correspondence and committee files, reports, constitution and rules, and scholarships material.
    AU NBAC Z142

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. McCready, Georgina
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. 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
  3. McCready, Georgina (1888-1980), nurse, trade unionist and administrator
    Woolston, Hazel
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 15, 182
  4. An Unsentimental Union: the NSW Nurses Association, 1931-1992
    Dickenson, Mary
    Published: Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1993

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