Bell, Jane (1873-1959)

Also known as
Bell, Jane, (OBE) (1873-1959)
Field of activity
Nurse; Hospital Matron
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-763085

Biographies

Jane Bell (1873-1959), hospital matron, was born on 16 March 1873 at Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, daughter of William Bell, farmer, and his wife Helen, née Johnston. Jane was educated at a small...

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Jane Bell was lady superintendent of Melbourne Hospital 1910-1934. She was responsible for many innovations, including replacement of male orderlies by sisters in the operating theatres; the appointment of tutor-sisters to instruct trainees and of a house-sister to supervise the nurses' quarters; the introduction of a six-week preliminary course; and pay for trainee-nurses. She was appointed OBE - Officer of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) - 1 January 1944 for her work as president of the Royal Victoria College of Nursing.

  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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Jane Bell was lady superintendent of Melbourne Hospital 1910-1934. She made many innovations, including replacement of male orderlies by sisters in the operating theatres; the appointment of tutor-sisters to instruct trainees and of a house-sister to supervise the nurses' quarters; the introduction of a six-week preliminary course; and pay for trainee-nurses.

  • Career position - Nursing Certificate completed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
  • Career position - Various staff appointments
  • Career position - Matron at Bundaberg Hospital, Queensland
  • Career position - Matron at Brisbane General Hospital
  • Career position - Midwifery training at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London
  • Career position - Senior Assistant Superintendent of Nurses at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Career position - Lady Superintendent of Melbourne Hospital
  • Career position - Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Career position - Member of the Nurses' Board
  • Career position - President of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing
  • Career position - President of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing
  • Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Bell, Jane
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Bell, Jane (1873 - 1959), Biographical Entry
    [2002]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: IspartOf Bright Sparcs
  4. Bell, Jane (1873-1959)
    Gardiner, Lyndsay
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  6. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  7. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  8. Australian nurses since Nightingale 1860-1990
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Richmond (Vic.)]
    Published: Spectrum Publications Pty Ltd
  9. The Ever open door : a history of the Royal Melbourne Hospital 1848-1998
    Gregory, Alan
    [South Melbourne]
    Published: Hyland House
  10. Bell Jane : SERN P/MATRON : POB N/A : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK S Steindl J M
    [1914 - 1920]
    Series: National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    Series B2455; Control Symbol BELL J; Item Barcode 1935221

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Bell, Jane
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology
    Radi, H.
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
  3. Jane Bell, OBE, Lady Superintendent: the Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1910-1934
    Goodman, Rupert and Williams, Jennifer A.
    Published: Spectrum Publications, Melbourne, 1988
  4. 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
  5. Jane Bell (1873-1959) hospital matron
    Williams, Jennifer
    Published: Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988
    Series: 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
  6. Bell, Jane (1873-1959), hospital matron
    Gardiner, Lyndsay
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 7, 257
  7. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944

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  1. Jane Bell OBE (1873-1959) Lady Superintendent, the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1910-1934) / Jennifer A. Williams and Rupert D. Goodman
    Williams, Jennifer Ann
    [ Book : 1988 ]
    At 28 libraries
    Jane Bell OBE (1873-1959) Lady Superintendent, the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1910-1934) / Jennifer A. Williams and Rupert D. Goodman
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  2. Matron Bell at war / by Barbara Stacpoole
    Stacpoole, Barbara
    [ Thesis : 1997 ]
    At RMIT Library
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  3. Frontline, nursing research [executive producer, original concept and script], Ralph Guice
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Communication Services Unit
    [ Video : 1993-2010 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  4. Frontline nursing research / producer, director, Ian Shiel
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    [ Video : 1993 ]
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 20 May 1949 [Issue No.83] p 1455

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    ... RE estate of ELIZABETH JANE BELL, late of Newcastle, ill ^hje >State of New Soujth Wales, ^iqow ... said Elizabeth Jane Bell, deceased, who died on 8th December, 1948, hereby gives notice that creditors ... 162 words
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    ... of CAraiE'RlNE JANE BELL, late of Craigston/ * "WicMiain" Terrace," Brisbane^ in the State or ... Kent, the executors of tin. ' will of the said Catherine Jane Bell, who died on 31st August, 1943 ... 193 words
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 May 1992 [Issue No.60] p 3416

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    ... NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of JANE ... RACHEL BELL* late of Port Macquarie, in the State of New South Wales, widow, who died on 4th March, 1992 ... 135 words
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    ... "jane" "The Players" last night at St. James' Hall gavo a very creditable performance of "Jane ... especially good as Jane, first a pert maid and thou a stylish young woman of fashion This promising actress ... 161 words
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