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Joan Stevenson (Judy) Abbott
RRC
Born (1899-12-11)11 December 1899
Brisbane, Queensland
Died 27 November 1975(1975-11-27) (aged 75)
Corinda, Queensland
Occupation Army nurse and matron

Joan Stevenson (Judy) Abbott RRC (11 December 1899 – 27 November 1975) was an Australian World War II army hospital matron.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Abbott was born on 11 December 1899 in Brisbane. Abbott undertook her basic nursing training at Brisbane General Hospital from 1920 to 1923. She passed her midwifery certificate at Lady Bowen Hospital in April 1926.[1] She was appointed a baby clinic nurse, on probation, the following month[2] and completed her child welfare certificate in June 1926.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

On 8 August 1940 Abbott was appointed for service with the AIF medical division as a matron of a unit of Queensland nurses.[4]

In the Middle East Abbott was in charge of a 1200-bed Australian Base Hospital. She returned to Australia in 1943 and in April was appointed principal matron of the Queensland Lines of Communication Area.[5]

In June 1946 Abbott was awarded a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship and undertook two years' postgraduate study in London.[6]

Abbott retired from her position of principal matron, Northern Command on 11 December 1954, having reached the compulsory retirement age of 55.[7]

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

On 18 February 1943, Abbott received the Royal Red Cross (1st Class) for "service to the Australian Army Nursing Service".[8]

On 1 June 1953 Abbott received the Coronation Medal.[9]

Abbott was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal in 1957.[10]

Death and legacy[edit | edit source]

Abbott fractured her spine in 1975 and became paraplegic. She died on 27 November 1975 in Bethesda Hospital Corinda, Queensland. Her body was left to the anatomy department at the University of Queensland.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Record Amount". Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926). 1926-04-10. pp. 13. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219031422. 
  2. "Baby Clinic Nurses". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 1926-05-20. pp. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article180722567. 
  3. "Child Welfare". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 1926-06-16. pp. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article182191445. 
  4. "Matron, 6 Sisters, 16 Nurses from QLD for AIF". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 1940-08-08. pp. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172628344. 
  5. "New LOC Matron". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 1943-04-20. pp. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article186626808. 
  6. "Scholarship Award To Army Matron". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 1946-06-14. pp. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201322877. 
  7. "Woman's Interest". Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954). 1954-12-10. pp. 12. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article217164077. 
  8. "Matron Joan Stevenson Abbott". https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/1112283. 
  9. "Q'land Recipients Of Coronation Medals". Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954). 1953-06-02. pp. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57257443. 
  10. Revue Internationale De La Croix-Rouge et Bulletin Des Societes. Library of Congress. May 1957. p. 92. https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/RC_Supp-May-1957.pdf. Retrieved 26 April 2019. 
  11. Fulloon, Gillian. "Abbott, Joan Stevenson (Judy) (1899–1975)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/abbott-joan-stevenson-judy-9302. 

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