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Photo by J. Walsh of Bloemhof, Transvaal Rose was night superintendent. Sister Henrietta Stockdale, an Anglican nun of the Order of Saint Michael and All Angels, was the first matron of Kimberley Hospital, from to July although a photograph of the early s illustrating the reprint of "Adventures in Mashonaland" has her as as matron only from Nurses trained by Sister Henrietta were much sought after to establish new hospitals throughout Southern Africa. In she secured legal recognition for the nursing profession when, through her efforts, an Act was passed by the Cape Parliament which made South Africa the first country in the world to institute compulsory state registration of nurses.
Reputedly the only portrait statue of a nun, anywhere. The foundations of Selous house near Esigodini remain. Cast metal plaque marking the place where Cecil Rhodes first crossed into the territory that would later be given his name. This was a high point, beacon BB19, named "the crow's nest" by his brother Col.
Frank Rhodes but usually called "Rhodes' Entry". This is the border crossing between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The "Selous Scouts" were a special forces regiment a. Bush Commandos of the Rhodesian Army that operated during the bush war of Sabi Ophir Hill, Penhalonga. The memorial seat and plaque were erected by the Rezende Gold Mine of Umtali in , to mark the 50th anniversary of the nurses' difficult journey from Beira on the east coast and their arrival at Penhalonga to open a hospital.
A short climb up this road brings one out to a delightfully situated and well-kept garden facing west. There are terraced flower beds, a fine fig tree, and flowering shrubs ". The garden site, now sadly neglected no signpost, no well-kept garden , is close to the road from Mutare to Penhalonga, shortly after crossing the Imbeza Bridge. The new plaque was made and installed through the generosity of three Penhalonga residents. The tree was subsequently pruned and supported but in was struck by lightning and died.
Three cuttings taken from the original now grow at the site, the largest being a growing offshoot removed from the original tree, this planted by Dr W. Alexander in Recent photographs of the Pioneer Nurses memorial garden. Box , Harare , the website last edited October , on a page titled:. The late Sir Ian Wilson had an interesting theory as to the origins of these trees, which are scattered throughout the Penhalonga Valley.
He suggested that the Arab traders came inland in winter only to avoid the rains and diseases of the summer and therefore needed some form of marker to return to [in] the following winter. It was these trees that were used as markers…". Certainly in , before the arrival of the Pioneer Column, Mr Campion manager of the Bartisol Mine nearby , built his hut under its branches.
Incidentally, the plaque at the site is not strictly correct, in that the first hospital was opened in September , not at the site but immediately across the valley on Fort Hill. I hope Mitch will forgive me for repeating here lines from his blog [his blog last edited Jan] This fine old fig tree casts its shade upon the slope of a rocky kopje Fort Hill that is richly historic. Mutasa was one of the last of the old-style chiefs who ruled his country without advice or hindrance.
He haggled and bargained with the Portuguese who sought gold concessions, fought with his neighbours, and when he was successful, attributed his victories as much to the good medicine brewed beneath the Indaba Tree as to the cunning and courage of his soldiers. For many months before the British occupation of Mashonaland, the Portuguese, under Senhor Paiva de Andrade, had been negotiating with Mutasa for certain concessions.
When the Pioneer Column occupied Mashonaland in several disputes arose between British and Portuguese over the exact limits of the border between the British and Portuguese spheres of influence. On May 3,, the British received reports from natives that considerable Portuguese forces were assembling at Macequece and that they were contemplating a punitive expedition against Mutasa for his temerity in allowing British forces to occupy territory that was rightfully Portuguese.
Captain H. Heyman, who was in charge of a small British force assigned to protect Mutasa, was stationed at Umtali. This road would greatly assist in the development of Mashonaland, and the Portuguese commandant, Colonel Ferreira, informed Captain Heyman that if he would withdraw to the west side of the Sabi river, Ferreira would facilitate the opening of the coast route. Captain Heyman refused to withdraw and immediately marched from Umtali to the vicinity of Macequece where he took up a position on Chua Hill, which overlooked the approaches to Umtali and Mutasa's kraal.
They did not fight well, and after one or two futile attempts to storm the English camp, they all ran away. No artillery was used by the storming party. Twice the European Portuguese officers, who are said to have behaved splendidly, tried to rally their men, beating them with the flats of their swords; but, finding it futile, they all three walked slowly away at a more than funeral pace. Two or three volleys were fired at them, bullets ploughing up the earth around them. It was found afterwards that one, I think Monsieur de Bettincourt, was wounded in the neck rather badly, and another in the arm.
They made no sign, however, until just as the rising ground was about to hide them from view, they turned, took off their hats to the English, and strolled slowly back to the fort. Convinced that a large force must be behind Captain Heyman, Masse-Kesse [that town then a. Massi-Kessi or Macequece but now named Manica] surrendered. After this fight Mutasa's Indaba Tree was no longer the scene of war medicine manufacture.
This "Rhodes centenary" wrought iron gate had at top the year , at centre initials C. Cecil John Rhodes and at bottom the year In the chaos that followed the land invasions of the ironwork of the gate disappeared from the site. Only the stone arch remains. The Gate which gives entrance to the Nurses Memorial was erected in to commemorate the centenary of Rhodes' birth.
It will be noted that the renowned old fig-tree has been removed. Photo: Ministry of Information. Recent photograph of the Pioneer Nurses memorial garden, showing the stone arch of the Rhodes Memorial Gate. A "brass-rubbing" taken from a cast metal plaque formerly let into the back support of a bench seat at the Nurses Garden of Remembrance. The seat is made of concrete slabs set on a stone surround. Director of the Rhodesia Historical Monuments Commission.
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The replacement marble plaque was made and installed through the generosity of three Penhalonga residents. At the edge of the Nurses Memorial Garden was a sundial, supported by a stone pedestal, standing at the centre of a cross paved with stone chippings. At the north side of the pedestal was a cast metal plaque recording names of fifteen early prospectors who were in the valley working the Rezende Mine prior to the pioneer column and the settlement of Rhodesia. In the chaos that followed the land invasions of , the sun-dial, cast metal plaque and pedestal disappeared from the site.
View of the missing Penhalonga sun-dial pedestal, looking north-west towards Fort Hill,. D'Andrada P. Campion G. Crampton G. Dunbar Moodie W. Harrington O.
Harris W. Harrison O. Holliday J. Jeffreys E. De Kergariou C. De Llamby T. Luther J. Maritz Baron De Rezende A. Vaughan Williams. The Rezende gold mine at Penhalonga opened in , the village growing around the mine. These notes on some of the early prospectors listed on the sun-dial memorial plaque are copied from " Our Rhodesian Heritage " Blog of 31st March Baron de Rezende was the Managing Director of the company while Colonel d'Andrada was in charge of the company's armed force.
This became a point of contention with the arrival of the BSA Company in the area, resulting in numerous armed confrontations over the disputed boundary. Mutually agreed international boundaries were established some years later, when the terms of an existing Anglo-Portuguese treaty were re-negotiated. Penhalonga, meaning long rocky mountain, also owes its name to its Portuguese origins. Having selected a number of suitable farmers, Dunbar Moodie appointed his uncle, Thomas Moodie, to lead the trek from the Orange Free State to Gazaland to establish the settlement. Three cuttings from the original fig now grow at the site.
Starting their walk inland after arriving at Beira on the S. After S.
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They walked the remainder of the distance, about miles. These were designed and embroidered on linen over 15 years by members of the Women's Institutes of Rhodesia ,.
In December Fort Hill was abandoned, relocating seven kilometres west to a newly created settlement at Old Umtali. The hospital moved with it, to a new building capable of taking 30 patients. The move was partly for health reasons, the Fort Hill site being infested with fleas, and partly because mining claims threatened Fort Hill by limiting future expansion.
The Portguese town of Macequece, a. Masse-Kesse or Massi-Kessi, has in modern times been renamed Manica. The Little cart belonging to the Sisters, usually drawn by the eccentric and historic donkeys Powder and Pills, stood at the church door, but in place of the amimals, the gun squad men were drawn up in a line, and they conducted them to the Masonic Hotel This illustration of. Where is the original painting? Where are these paintings now? Sister Emily Hewitt Mrs Blatch.
Sister Mary Saunders Mrs R. Masse-Kesse or Massi-Kessi but now named Manica. Mary and Lizzie being bridesmaids, t he ceremony performed by Rev. Sister Mary Saunders later married Mr R. Monty Bowden, from. In December , Charles Finlason arrived in the country. He was in the best of spirits although he complained that he could not get entirely rid of the fever. Finlason detested [Fort] Umtali, not least because he was paranoid about fleas. Montague Bowden, the well-known cricketer. He was singularly handsone, popular, and with every chance of success in trading and prospecting enterprises.
Bowden, while travelling from Salisbury to Umtali, was thrown from his cart, but apparently uninjured. The day after his arrival he played in a cricket match, and it was observed that he was in bad form. The next day but one he had an epileptic seizure, and was conveyed to hospital. His temperature rose to , and he passed away very peacefully on the fourth day after his admittance. On account of the heat it was necessary to keep the doors and windows of the room, where he lay, wide open, and a man with a loaded revolver sat there all night to protect the corpse from wild beasts.
With great difficulty, owing to the scarcity of wood, a coffin had been made out of whisky cases. It was covered with dark blue limbo. A card, bearing his name and age, was nailed to the lid. Beneath it we placed a large cross of flowers. The remains were carried across the compound to a bullock-cart [i. We lingered to watch it wind across the plain, until it disappeared from view, and then with sad steps returned to the wards. Bowden died on Thursday, 19 February The District Surgeon, Dr J.
Lichfield — a fellow Pioneer — signed his death notice, recording the cause of death as epilepsy. Subsequent sources have linked his death to the fall from the post-cart, exhaustion, alcohol and sunstroke. It took time for the news to become known. For collectors of cricketing autographs, Monty Bowden's signature is the rarest of all England Test players. This was four months after the arrival of the three nurses at Umtali. Knight-Bruce to relieve them. These were:. Masse-Kesse or Massi-Kessi but now named Manica ,.
Mary and Lizzie being bridesmaids, the ceremony performed by Rev. This, the only known photograph of the two women, was taken by "J. Weston and Son, Grand Parade, St. The book was compiled by Rose principally but chapters 4 and 5 in particular derive in large amount from long letters written by Lucy, sent to her family in England from Umtali. The island is famous as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile and death, and of his empty tomb. After St.
Helena they were once again at Kimberley. There are two letters to FN from Georgiana S. How long did the ladies stay at St Helena? Lucy married at Kimberley in see below , residing at Kimberley with her new family Rose was witness to Lucy's wedding and again nursed in Cape Province , presumably at Kimberley. Lucy Vines died May at St. Saviour's Hospital, St.
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Pancras, London, aged 42 years. Place of burial unknown. Was Rose interred at a British Cemetery in France? Rose Blennerhassett's entry in the register of deaths for Carqueiranne :. Becker Friedrick. The original St Alban's church with corrigated iron roof still stands, at 18 Takoon Square, Kimberley. He resided first at Middelburg, near Johannesburg. Golding A. Granville Vines, dated John French.
Granville, a civilian, served part-time as private then non-commissioned officer in the Veteran's Company of the Kimberley Town Guard. An account of his illness in the Kimberley "Diamond Fields Advertiser" of Mar stated that he " Mr Vines, though no means strong, devoted himself with great zeal to the interest of the town and his loss will be much felt. He belonged to the well known English family of the famous mountaineer Mr Stuart Vines Two weeks later on Mar her father died; her body was subsequently exhumed to be reinterred in her father's grave no headstone.
The cross lies flat on her grave. Harrington b.
Dr Lichfield L. London, L. Glasgow, L. For the wedding " There was to have been a grand wedding cake, made by the new baker. But, it being Christmas time, the baker had gone 'on the bust' [i. About three months after their marriage, in March or April , Bertha and her husband moved from Umtali, to Victoria, Manicaland. In " Adventures in Mashonaland " ch. He is now a district surgeon at Victoria. Dr Matthew Johnson from St. Bartholomew's took his place".
Dr Lichfield was in charge of the hospital at Victoria, a township founded as Fort Victoria in The hospital was staffed by Nuns from a Catholic Church located next to the hospital. They had no children. Dr James William Lichfield d. W he re is his grave? Bertha lived with her sisters Wilhelmina Anne Welby b. Sewell, B. It was named "Victoria" in Regimental Orders on the 17th August In a very short time Fort Victoria became a community. To the south and west of the town there was considerable activity on the goldfields whilst inside the town itself a wide variety of tradesmen had opened for business The Catholic Church was sited next to the hospital which was staffed by nuns under the direction of Doctor Lichfield who had formerly been the Surgeon-Lieutenant to the Pioneer Column.
Magazine issued monthly, also semi-annually bound in hardback, this appearing in vol. Rose Blennerhassett first visited Lisbon October to and there wrote this piece for "The Argosy"; presumably it was during that visit she learned the Portuguese language. In , while travelling with Lucy from Portuguese Beira to Umtali in Manicaland, Rose was able to use her knowledge of the Portuguese language to their advantage. History of " Diggers' News ":. During the journey some of the copy often got lost, resulting in a loss of revenue for advertisements not printed.
Fourie; Juta Education, Capetown , vol. Diggers' News and Witwatersrand Advertiser published at Johannesburg Read the text of this book. The original book had no illustrations. Nathan Juta, Cape Town Granville Vines were still living in the town. The largest medical centre in Zimbabwe, it operates a well-respected school of nursing. Is the nurses' home still named Blennerhassett? Rubert and R. Kent Rasmussen, pub. Scarecrow Higham, born in England but raised in Zimbabwe, was a freelance photographer and journalist during the Rhodesian U.
At about the same date this tale also featured in " The Senior Citizen ", the newsletter of a Retirement Home in Muture. Ransford In Jessie M. LLoyd recorded names of Rhodesia's Pioneer Women , among whom she describes the following as present from After some years in Africa they returned to Paris. She died Feb Family Tree. Contact Us. Site Map. Top of Page.
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Questions to be answered. Transcription Services. The nurses were in Manacaland. Walter Sutton son of the Archdeacon of Lewes remained behind, to follow after with the remainder of the carriers. On July 10th they reached Shemoios [Chimoio] where during the night most of their carriers deserted them, with the loyal exception of four Portuguese natives. E-mail address: janesalvage me. For information on Nursing Now! Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. We live in challenging times, for the planet, for our societies and for the health of nations.
The challenges have major implications for nurses—a global profession of some 23 million women and men—from caring for older people to halting infectious disease epidemics, reducing mother and child deaths and tackling and mitigating the health effects of climate change. The challenges confronting nurses are remarkably similar worldwide, and so are their humanitarian values.
We see this daily in our work as international nursing leaders and activists. The value of nursing to health and society has barely been explored or quantified outside its own professional circles. Nursing is heavily mythologised everywhere, but paradoxically remains largely invisible. Most nurses go about their work quietly, accept the subordinate roles assigned to them and remain below the radar of informed commentary or thoughtful scrutiny.
Sometimes put on a pedestal when things go right, and often castigated when things go wrong, we escape attention at other times. Yet the facts show that well educated, empowered nurses are needed more than ever to solve global health problems; and at last champions outside the profession are getting the point. Investing in nursing brings rich returns and rewards, the report confirms—and now is the moment.
The need is already acute. Nurses are the largest proportion of the health workforce globally—by a large margin—and are often the only healthcare provider available. An important and influential force for public health, in many places they play advanced roles to fill in the missing pieces of care, for example as anaesthetists, or providing first line care when there is no doctor available. They are key to achieving universal health coverage, but they are not central to policies and plans, at the table or on the menu.
That has to change, so we need to understand why progress is so slow. Nurses themselves, and occasionally others, have produced many reports on nursing over the years. World Health Organization WHO expert committees on nursing in the s outlined similar issues to those of today—the same problems, failures and solutions. Even worse, she says, it may stay there—it has not risen to the level of a fully accepted profession, does not fully own its history, and has not been willing to make the changes urged on it by thoughtful analysts.
There have been some advances: nurses in many countries are better educated, more competent and more confident. Yet we remain mostly invisible, and in some respects, things are going backwards. We have long challenged the exclusion of senior nurses from leadership positions and made some headway, but when health employers decide they do not need a nurse director any more, or when governments do not replace their chief nurse, we have to fight the battle all over again. WHO, for example, talks up nursing, but actually employs fewer nurses than in years gone by—now only a handful—while in some countries, the government chief nurse role has been abolished, downgraded United Kingdom or never existed United States.
To understand why, nurses need to confront the intractable issues and to break the silence about them within as well as outside the profession. This is a tough call, as the underlying forces that make it so hard to overcome the barriers to change in nursing are complex, interactive and deeply rooted in social and cultural attitudes and practices, especially patriarchy. We generalise with caution but here is a profile of a typical nurse: female, a parent and often a carer of other family members or neighbours. She shoulders many responsibilities and works hard to keep the show on the road.
Nurses were needy, in a working environment that told them not to be, and often had their needs met indirectly by taking care of the wants and needs of others. What changes would a similar survey reveal in ? This insight still resonates but its implications are avoided. Many nurses and midwives feel that their voice is not heard or heeded. Many are afraid to report their experience of bullying, abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace. There are of course wide social forces at play here. Our archetypal female profession is perceived as doing women's work, which is not seen by most men and some women as requiring particular skills or training, at home or at work.
Worldwide, most senior medics, managers and policymakers are men who exhibit sexist behaviours and assumptions. Top female nurses describe their difficulties being heard in the macho atmosphere of most boardrooms; women use different language, speak more quietly and talk about issues in different ways. Societies worldwide, continuing to maintain the power of patriarchy, have allowed the massive advances in medical innovation to devalue the softer but equally important technologies of caring. They fail to provide emotional support, effective clinical supervision and other ways of caring for the carers.
Worse, societies and employers fail to protect women. This will require skilled local leadership and focus, as well as funding. These reforms must be scaled up by restoring and supporting clinical leaders, while also ensuring nurses are able to exercise leadership at higher levels, from ward to board and beyond.
It means providing access to many more leadership development programmes and enabling nurses to control their own work and lead their own clinics and services.