Edith Penelope Tennent MBE
b. Timaru 25 Jul 1882 d. Lower Hutt 7 Jun 1946
Educated at Miss Hall’s Private School in Timaru until 1902
Began nursing at Wellington Hospital in 1915
Graduated Jan 1919. Awarded highest marks in NZ
Promoted to Sister October 1919
Assistant Matron Wellington Hospital 1921 – 1925
In May 1922 granted six months leave to undertake midwifery training at Alexandra Home (passed equal-first in NZ)
Matron Dunedin Hospital 1925 – 1937
Encouraged her nursing staff to undertake postgraduate studies in specialized fields and to enroll in university courses.
Involved in the revision of the syllabus for nurse training.
Member of the Dominion Executive of the Registered Nurses Association 1937 – 1942
During WW2 appointed Commander-in-Chief of the NZ Red Cross Voluntary Aids.
Resigned in 1942 because of poor health.