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Muriel Emma Tattersall

b. Muriel Emma Childs, Palmerston North 14 Dec 1895                                           d. Lower Hutt 21 Jun 1982

Muriel Tattersall

Educated at Wanganui Girls College from Sep 1908

She had two brothers who were doctors – one, C Roy Childs was honorary visiting surgeon Wellington Hospital 1926-1937

Muriel married Henry James Tattersall on 6 Apr 1921 and they had a son, Harold Richard Tattersall in 1922.

They soon separated (and at some point divorced) so she was effectively a single woman when she started nursing at Wellington Hospital on 30 May 1923. Graduated in Jun 1926.

Staff Nurse, Eye Ward until end of 1926, and was then appointed Staff Nurse ECG Department to assist Dr Fred Bowerbank with ECGs & BMR recordings.

Promoted to Sister, Cardiology Department 1 Sep 1927.

Appointed Tutor Sister at Wellington Hospital in 1940

In 1943 appointed sub-matron at Hawera Hospital.

Appointed Matron Wellington Hospital in 1947

Acting Matron-in-Chief Wellington Board Jan 1953, and retired on 31 Oct 1953

Last updated 16 January 2017.