Friday, April 23, 2021

2021 #AtoZChallenge T is for ...To minister : the story of War Memorial Hospital, Waverley, 1918-1988

  I've been researching my family history for over thirty years. Along this genealogy journey I have been supported by hundreds of books, many of which I have listed on my Librarything page. 

During the 2021 #AtoZChallenge I will be writing about two of my passions, books and family history. I'll be taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting some of those books that have enriched my genealogy experience.

While this hardcover book, To minister : the story of War Memorial Hospital, Waverley, 1918-1988, would have limited appeal to most people it was a book that I hunted down through secondhand sites. Its lack of popularity is evidenced by the fact that I am the only person with it listed on a Libratything account!

The book is important to me because it is where I started my life's journey having been born at the War Memorial Hospital over 70 years ago.

Copied here is what I wrote in a blog post in 2012 when I took delivery of the book:

"I reported in my Trove Tuesday post last week that I found details of a book, To minister : the story of War Memorial Hospital, Waverley, 1918-1988, about my birthplace, War Memorial Hospital, Waverley on Trove.

I located a few copies of the book on Abe Books and ordered one from Jo's Books, Gerringong. The book, that was in excellent condition, arrived within a few days and I am thrilled with it. Written by a former Matron of the hospital, Betty Green, it tells the story of the hospital from the planning stages through to 1988. The book is illustrated with floorplans, maps, copies of documents and photos and gives an excellent overview of the Hospital's activities and history. The stories about the people associated with the hospital add warmth to the cold facts presented through the work.

Gingerly I showed my purchase to Mr Geniaus (he doesn't share my love of book buying) who spent quite a while thumbing through the book. He saw photos of quite a few local identities that reminded him of stories associated with them (he would be a good subject for oral history interviews about Waverley personalities). Mr Geniaus was quite impressed  with the book which he has picked up a few more times during the week.

What makes the book an excellent genealogical resource are the lists of names it contains that include Members of the Council/Board of the hospital, Matrons, Student Nurses, Pupil Nurse Aids and Doctors associated with the hospital.

I have yet to read the book from cover to cover but I know that I will enjoy it."

Thanks to Trove, a resource that leads one to more than newspaper articles, for directing me to this book.


Molly's Canopy said...

That book sounds fabulous! I once made a family history road trip to the hospital where I was born -- I asked a friend to take me as my birthday gift that year -- and I would love if there was a book about it.

GeniAus said...

What is interesting is that the hospital has gone full circle and is now a rehab hospital and a hospital providing respite care for the elderly.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Sounds like a great book if you have an interest in the area.


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