Nurse from the 1940’s remembers Maryborough Hospital
EDNA Miller has fond memories of her work at Maryborough Hospital in the 1940's.
The 91-year-old Maryborough resident started her nursing qualification at 18 and was excited to start her career in health in 1946 when she was 22.
"It was a physical job back then but I loved it," she said.
But working in the "blackout" period of WWII also had its challenges.
Back then, Edna and the other female nurses had to do all the heavy lifting of patients as there were no orderlies to help.
Working in the "well run" Maryborough Hospital for only one year before moving to Gympie, Edna said she can still remember the face of the hospital's beloved Matron Hetherington.
"She was immaculate, very nice and fair, but you would always have to be on your best behaviour when she was around," she said.
Edna is one of the oldest living former Maryborough Hospital employees.
At a Maryborough Hospital reunion in October earlier this year, both Edna and Marie Groth, the latter who worked at the hospital in 1949, had the honour of cutting the reunion's celebratory cake.
After her travels to Gympie, where she was married, Edna returned to Maryborough in 1946, where she nursed privately for a year and had two children.