Laidlaw, Annie Ina (1889-1978)

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Matron; Servicewoman; Navy Matron; Nurse
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Annie Ina Laidlaw (1889-1978), navy matron, was born on 23 January 1889 at Lake Wallace, near Edenhope, Victoria, second of three daughters of native-born parents James Adam Laidlaw, grazier, and his wife...

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Annie Laidlaw devoted her life to nursing and served in both world wars. She completed her nursing training at the Children's Hospital (later Royal), Melbourne. In 1917 Laidlaw joined the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and served in military hospitals at Bombay and Poona. After the war Laidlaw returned to the Children's Hospital as ward sister. In 1925 she was granted a year of leave to complete midwifery training at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney. Returning to Melbourne, Annie became assistant lady superintendent (assistant-matron) at the Children's Hospital. In 1930 she was promoted to lady superintendent of the hospital's orthopaedic section at Frankston. She held this position for 12 years. Selected to head the Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service (RANNS) in 1942 she was in charge of the Flinders Naval Depot hospital as well as being in charge of the RANNS. After her discharge from the navy Laidlaw returned to her position at the Children's Hospital until 1950. From 1951-52 she worked in London. On her return to Melbourne she took the position of Matron at the Freemason's Homes of Victoria, Prahran until her retirement in 1957. Aged 89, Annie Laidlaw died on 13 September 1978 at McKinnon, Victoria.

  • Born: daughter of James Adam and Annie (nee Gilchrist) Laidlaw
  • Trained as a general nurse at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Member of the Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Ward sister at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Midwifery training at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney
  • Appointed assistant lady superintendent (assistant-matron) at the Children's Hospital
  • Promoted to lady superintendent (matron) of the Children's Hospital orthopaedic section at Frankston, Victoria
  • Served with the Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
  • Promoted from superintending sister to matron
  • Worked with the orthopaedic division of the Children's Hospital
  • Home sister at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, London
  • Resident matron at the Freemasons' Homes of Victoria, Prahran
  • Retired and lived in the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia's home for nurses at RSL House, St Kilda

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Annie Laidlow trained as a nurse at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. She served in India with the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the First World War. Between the wars Laidlow continued to work at the Royal Children's Hospital, rising to the position of lady superintendent of the Orthopaedic Section. When the Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service was established in 1942, Laidlow was appointed superintending sister and head of the service. She was later promoted to matron. In 1946 she returned to her position at the Royal Children's Hospital. Laidlow later worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, London, and the Freemason's Home of Victoria.

  • Education - Nurse training at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Career position - Staff Nurse at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Career position - Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and sent to India where she worked in hospitals in Bombay and Poona
  • Career position - Ward Sister at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Education - Midwifery training at the Hospital for Women, Sydney
  • Career position - Assistant Lady Superintendent (Assistant-Matron) at the Children's Hospital in Melbourne
  • Career position - Lady Superintendent of the Orthopaedic Section of the Children's Hospital in Frankston, Victoria
  • Career position - Superintending Sister of the Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
  • Career position - Matron of the Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
  • Career position - Lady Superintendent of the Orthopaedic Section of the Children's Hospital in Frankston, Victoria
  • Career position - Home Sister at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, London
  • Career position - Resident Matron at the Freemason's Homes of Victoria, Prahran
  • Life event - Retired

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Laidlaw, Annie Ina
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. LAIDLAW, ANNIE INA
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf World War 2 Nominal RollDepartment of Veterans' Affairs
  3. Laidlaw, Annie Ina (1889-1978)
    Vines, Patricia C
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. World War II : Nursing Services
    Jacobson, Gwendoline
    [Sydney]
    Published: The Grolier Society of Australia
    Series: IspartOf The Australian EncyclopaediaChisholm, Alec H
  5. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  6. Just wanted to be there : Australian Service Nurses 1899-1999
    Reid, Richard
    [Canberra]
    Published: Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
  7. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, Joseph A
    [Melbourne]
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times
  8. LAIDLAW ANNIE INA : Date of birth - 23 Jan 1889 : Place of birth - EDENHOPE VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - GLASSON P
    [1939 - 1948]
    Series: National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    Series A6769; Control Symbol LAIDLAW A I; Item Barcode 5399227
  9. Matron Annie Laidlaw
    [1944]
    Series: Australian War Memorial
    Matron Annie Laidlaw, Women's Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service
    ART22219

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Laidlaw, Annie Ina
    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. Laidlaw, Annie Ina (1889-1978), navy matron
    Vines, Patricia C.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 15, 45-46
  4. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944

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