ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0299 Dode Ford Canberra Hospital Photographs

Call Number

HMSS 0299

Collection 

HMSS 0299 Dode Ford Canberra Hospital Photographs

Date Range

1948-1949

Quantity

0.09m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

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Dolace Frances Soulie, known as Dode, was born in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, on 13 December 1920. When she and her friend Nancy Gamble were discharged from the RAAF Nursing Service in 1946, they completed their Midwifery and Infant Welfare Courses and planned to go to England. However, they decided they should see the national capital first, so worked for a year at Canberra Community Hospital from early 1948 until sailing for England just before Christmas 1949.

Nan worked in general wards and Dode became Night Sister and later transferred to Midwifery Ward. They appreciated the air of good will between medical and nursing staff, which is evident in many of the photographs in the album that show Matron, Sisters, Nurses and doctors spending leisure time together.

Dr Nott was the medical superintendent and there were only six private practitioners in Canberra until the arrival of Dr Wearne who, according to Raie Druce the Theatre Sister, was a highly skilled surgeon. He also had a small racing stable and when Raie and Dode were invited to visit he had a horse in a sling hoping to mend a fractured bone in one leg.

Dr Nott bred champion red setters, and whenever Raie and Dode were off duty together they delighted in walking the dogs – except for the time when Fin discovered a fowl yard and had some fun. Dr Nott, with aspirations to be elected to the ACT’s new Advisory Council, was not amused. Neither were the golfers when the dogs bounded across the greens of the original Canberra Golf Club, behind the Hotel Canberra.

Matron Bennett, Sister Curley (deputy) and Sister Waldock (in charge of outpatient and pharmacy) made working at the Hospital very pleasant and the nurses were well trained. Three of the nursing staff were siblings, but two had to adopt different names to avoid confusion as all staff at that time were referred to as Nurse (surname).

Dode has happy memories of the prunus trees planted alternately white and deep pink along the streets, and of walking to Civic through undeveloped areas and seeing wildlife, including the occasional sunbaking snake. Although Nan left Canberra a little before Dode, and Raie married Fred Taylor, they all kept in touch. As at February 2012 Dode was the last surviving member of the trio.

As a parting gesture Dr Nott gave Dode a letter of introduction to the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Norman Mighell, who arranged for Dode to attend the Trooping of the Colour and a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The album is broadly arranged by season, and reflects both nursing and recreational activities. Dode married Arthur Rex Ford, a widower of Longueville, Sydney, in 1966.

BOX LIST

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PHOTOGRAPHER

DESCRIPTION

1

G. M. Duncan

Canberra Hospital seen from the forecourt; pen and ink drawing, 1945

2

Dode Soulie

Autumn: Government House, Yarralumla from the long lawn

2

Dode Soulie

Autumn: Nan Gamble at the War Memorial

2

Dode Soulie

Autumn: Canberra Community Hospital, Acton, from the circular drive

2

Dode Soulie

Autumn: Pool of Reflection and Hall of Memories, Australian War Memorial

2

Dode Soulie

Autumn: Australian War Memorial main entrance

3

Dode Soulie

Hospital Views: six views of Canberra Community Hospital, including the 3-storey Obstetrical Ward with verandahs

4

Dode Soulie

Frosty Mornings: four views: a streetscape, two landscapes with trees, a river

5

Dode Soulie

View from Red Hill lookout

5

Dode Soulie

View to Parliament House probably from Acton

5

Dode Soulie

View from Black Mountain, mostly of eucalypts

5

Dode Soulie

Sister Salter

5

Dode Soulie

Willows

5

Dode Soulie

Nurse Gamble in uniform beside a river

6

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Government House from the long lawn, and three photographs of Cotter River below the dam

7

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Aerial view of Cotter Dam

7

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Man fishing below the Cotter Dam wall

7

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Wooden footbridge across the river below the Cotter Dam

7

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Cotter Dam spillway

7

Dode Soulie

Tour to Cotter Dam: Rapids in the river below the Cotter Dam

8

Postcard

Tour to Gundagai 13 June 1949: the Dog on the Tuckerbox with four dogs lying near the plinth

8

Postcard

Tour to Gundagai 13 June 1949: the road and rail bridges across the river

8

Dode Soulie

Tour to Gundagai 13 June 1949: the Dog on the Tuckerbox

9

Commercial photograph

Tour to Gundagai 13 June 1949: Snake Gully model, autographed by Frank Rusconi. Letter from Dode to her parents on the back: “Criterion Hotel. This is a little miniature with all the ‘Dad and Dave’ characters. It’s very good. I’m thoroughly enjoying my little visit here. Will write later.”

9

E and D Bayliss, The Newsagency, Gundagai

Tour to Gundagai 13 June 1949: Rusconi’s Masterpiece in Marble, autographed by Frank Rusconi, the Gundagai artist who built the model from marbles collected in NSW; the full story is on the back of the card

10

Commercial photograph no. 9

Hotel Canberra main entrance

10

Commercial photograph no. 30

Hotel Canberra from West Block

10

Commercial photograph no. 1

Big Gun, Australia’s greatest war trophy (Amiens Gun)

10

Commercial photograph no. 3

National Library, Kings Avenue, Barton

11

Commercial photograph no. 6A

Prime Minister’s Lodge, Yarralumla, from the drive

11

Commercial photograph no. 8

St John’s Church of England, Reid, erected 1841

11

Commercial photograph no. 12

Statue of Robert Burns, Forrest

11

Commercial photograph no. 4

Canberra Post Office, Melbourne Building, Civic Centre

12

 

Not used

13

Dode Soulie

Molonglo River

13

Dode Soulie

Raie Druce on horseback

13

Dode Soulie

Norman Von Nida on the links, Canberra Golf Club, Acton

13

Dode Soulie

Institute of Anatomy, Acton

13

Dode Soulie

Melbourne and Sydney Buildings, Civic Centre, from across London Circuit, then a dual carriageway

14

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: snow sculpture of a dog on a plinth, similar to the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai, on a football oval

14

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: snow-covered landscape featuring a circular pool surrounded by shrubbery

14

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: Hotel Canberra and circular drive covered with snow

15

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: two policemen with a snowman ‘under arrest’ in Civic Centre

15

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: suburban house and street under snow

15

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: a small snowman sits on a car parked outside a communications hut at RAAF Fairbairn, in falling snow

15

Dode Soulie

Winter Scenes: a man in RAAF uniform beside the car outside a communications hut at RAAF Fairbarn

16

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: the ‘pregnant pine’ at Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

16

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: Matron Bennett standing behind a huge snowball at Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

16

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: Nurse Tyler sitting on a huge snowball at Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

16

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: Snow-covered landscape seen from Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

17

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: six scenes including Raie, Nan and Sister Jenkins with a snowman, Nurse Newton holding a snowball, and Nurse Tyler standing by a drinking fountain

18

Dode Soulie

Hospital Snow Scenes: Sister Malcolm with a snowman, and two views of the hospital forecourt under snow

18

Dode Soulie

Milepost in the slush of melting snow beside the highway, 31 miles from Yass

19

Dode Soulie

Cooma en Route to Kosciusko: corner store with a Pioneer Tours bus parked outside

19

Dode Soulie

Cooma en Route to Kosciusko: two streetscapes, a woman standing near a bandstand, and a snow-covered park

19

Dode Soulie

Cooma en Route to Kosciusko: kangaroo starving with the sheep, in a snow-covered paddock

20

Dode Soulie

Thredbo River, a fisherman’s paradise: three river scenes and one of the tour bus on a bridge

21

Dode Soulie

Snowy River and the scene of the new Snowy River Dam Project: five views

22

Dode Soulie

Hotel Kosciusko, two views

22

Dode Soulie

Snow-covered landscape at Kosciusko, three views

22

Dode Soulie

Alan Skevington and friends, with car; one of the men and the car are those pictured outside a hut at Canberra Airport

23

Dode Soulie

Nan and Dode with a snowman at Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

23

Dode Soulie

Snow scene

23

Dode Soulie

Snowman at Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

23

Dode Soulie

Raie Druce skiing

23

Dode Soulie

Gwen Threlkall and staff SSQ RAAF

23

Dode Soulie

Snow at the entrance to Canberra Community Hospital, Acton

24

Commercial photograph

Spring-time: Parliament House

24

Commercial photograph

Spring-time: House of Representatives chamber

24

Commercial photograph

Spring-time: A typical street in Canberra

24

Commercial photograph

Spring-time: Institute of Anatomy

25

Dode Soulie

Royal Military College Duntroon from Mount Pleasant

25

Dode Soulie

RAAF Fairbairn: DC3 coming in to land; DC3 in the air; communications tower; communications buildings and towers. The small hut is the same as in the photographs of the car in the snow at RAAF Fairbairn

26

Dode Soulie

An afternoon at Mt Stromlo Observatory with Matron Bennett and Sister Waldock: Matron Bennett, left, and Sister Waldock beside the car; the observatory building; view along the ridge; Matron Bennett, left, and Sister Dode Soulie

27

Dode Soulie

Scene from Dode Soulie’s window at the Nurses’ Quarters, Canberra Community Hospital

27

Dode Soulie

Sister Dode Soulie with Dr David Nott and and his two red setter dogs at Canberra Community Hospital

27

Dode Soulie

Sisters Raie Druce, feeding a baby, and Dode Soulie on the verandah of the Obstetrical Ward, Canberra Community Hospital

27

Dode Soulie

Sister Dode Soulie feeding a baby, with Nurse Swindon, on the verandah of the Obstetrical Ward, Canberra Community Hospital

27

Dode Soulie

Sister Dode Soulie, right, with Sister Nan Gamble outside the Obstetrical Ward, Canberra Community Hospital

27

Dode Soulie

Raie Druce with Cavalier, Dr Nott’s red setter

28

Dode Soulie

Dode Soulie with Fin Mar Cool, Dr Nott’s red setter, near Parliament House

28

Dode Soulie

Dr Nott and his pride and joy (Fin Mar Cool)

28

Dode Soulie

Dode Soulie with Fin Mar Cool (and horse) at Parliament House

28

Dode Soulie

Fin Mar Cool near the Forestry School, Yarralumla

28

Dode Soulie

Wonderful walks: Dode Soulie with Cavalier and Fin Mar Cool in paddocks at sunset

28

Dode Soulie

Canberra Community Hospital building

29

Dode Soulie

Raie Druce with one of Dr Nott’s dogs and a horse

29

Dode Soulie

Dode Soulie, left, and Sister Hebblewaite walking Dr Nott’s dogs Cavalier and Fin Mar Cool at Red Hill

29

Dode Soulie

View from Red Hill

29

Commercial photograph

American Embassy, Yarralumla

29

 

Missing

29

Dode Soulie

View across the race course at Acton

30

Dode Soulie

Sisters Soulie, left, and Hebblewaite walking Dr Nott’s dogs Cavalier and Fin Mar Cool at The Lodge

30

Commercial photograph

The Lodge, Yarralumla

30

Dode Soulie

Raie Druce with Dr Nott’s dogs Cavalier and Fin Mar Cool

30

Dode Soulie

John, left, Colin Gum and Ted

30

Dode Soulie

John outside a house in Canberra

30

Dode Soulie

Ted, Mrs Muir and Colin Gum

31

Dode Soulie

Dode Soulie with spring blossom trees

31

Dode Soulie

Fingleton (Fin) and Dodie Soulie near King George V Memorial, Parliament House

31

Dode Soulie

Two women, one in nursing sister’s uniform

31

Dode Soulie

Fin and Kav (Fin Mar Cool and Cavalier), Dr Nott’s dogs, swimming in the Molonglo River

31

Dode Soulie

Footbridge at Canberra Golf Course, Acton

31

Dode Soulie

Golf House and Canberra Golf Course, Acton

32

May Collingridge

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

33

Dode Soulie

Interior of Australian War Memorial: two uniform displays and three dioramas

34

 

Not used

35

May Collingridge

Church of St John the Baptist, Reid, completed 1845, rear view

35

R. C. Strangman

Church of St John the Baptist, Reid, interior looking towards the altar

36

R. C. Strangman

Parliament House, Canberra

36

R. C. Strangman

Parliament House, Canberra, from the Senate side

37

R. C. Strangman

King’s Hall, Parliament House, Canberra

37

R. C. Strangman

Senate Chamber, Parliament House, Canberra

38

 

Admission ticket to the Speaker’s Gallery, House of Representatives, Canberra, for the sitting of 22 September 1949; Sister Soulie was introduced by Senator Tangney