Edith M Moore
Edith M Moore
Date of Birth 3 December 1860
Place of Residence Launceston Tasmania Australia
Spouses Name Did not marry
Childrens Names No children

Edith Mary Moore was born on 3 December 1860 in Woolwich, London. She was the daughter of Stephen Henry Moore and Julia Jane Cole. Edith and two of her brothers, Gilbert and Charles, came to Launceston between 1889-1899. Edith had arrived by April 1890. 

Edith M Moore enrolled as a student nurse at the Launceston General Hospital on 1 Apr 1890 and resigned on 1 May 1893. She was the first nurse employed by the Launceston District Nursing Association which was formed in July 1893 to provide skilled nursing for the sick poor in their own homes. The Association was non-sectarian and the duties of the nurse were clearly stated in the rules. A complaint was made that Nurse Moore had engaged in religious work in conjunction with her nursing duties and because she refused to give an undertaking to refrain from religious teaching whilst on duty, she was dismissed in mid 1896.

Nurse Moore became the first nurse employed by the Launceston Evangelical Nursing Association which commenced in 1896. In the performance of her duties the nurse was also expected to act as a missionary. The premises of the Association was in Margaret Street. Nurse Moore was living at 72 Margaret Street in Dec 1896.

In Feb 1899 Nurse Moore and Dr Robinson cared for 15-year-old Leslie Walter Slater of Barrack Street, Deloraine, through his entire illness of typhoid with 'unceasing perseverance and attention'. Although he died, Leslie's parents were thankful for the care given. 

Edith left Launceston and was living in London with her mother by 1911. She died on 7 January 1914 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery

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