Queen's Nurses

Liverpool Mercury July 6th, 1896

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

The Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute took its origin from the jubilee of the Queen's reign, when her Majesty was pleased to devote 70,000 pounds of the women's offering for the special object of training nurses to tend the sick poor in their homes. A Royal Charter was granted, by which the master of St Katharine's Regent's Park, for the time being was appointed president. The Duke of Westminster, Sir James PAGET, and Sir Rutherford ALCOCK were nominated trustees for the fund, the capital of which may never be touched, and provision was made for the appointment of a council.

The work has grown rapidly, a large number of nurses having been trained, and are employed all over the United Kingdom in district work. In many places nursing institutions have been started where they did not previously exist, by means of a small grant made by the institute, and associations already in existence have been affiliated to the institute with the object of maintaining as high a standard as possible in nursing work One of the most important features of the work which is carried on from the central office at St Katharine's, Regent's Park, and which has led to other associations to seek affiliation to the institute, is the system of inspection of the nurse's work, which is a condition of affiliation that inspections should be made. The inspectors are fully trained nurses with considerable experience and they make regular reports to the council of the work that has come under their notice. At present there are only two, but the work has become so large that it is essential that the staff should be considerably increased, in order that the inspections may be more completely carried out. The importance of sending nurses to the sick poor in their own homes cannot be questioned, for in fulfilling her duties she also teaches many things connected with hygiene and sanitary matters which are of vast consequence to the health and happiness of the poor.

It must however be manifest, according to an appeal issued by the institute, to carry out the work adequately, to keep the ground gained, to help other places set up nursing associations in the best manner, to cover the country with nurses who understand their work, requires a larger income than the interest on the money held in trust, about 2100 pounds a year. The work never would have attained its present propositions had it not been that 11,000 pounds was placed at the disposal of the council by three donors, who desired it be spent over five years in training nurses and making grants where it was thought necessary that a good system of nursing work might be commenced.

During the 6yrs the work has been in hand 293 associations have been affiliated to the institute and 539 nurses placed on the roll of Queen's nurses, working in various places in the United Kingdom. The total amount received by associations from the institute in aid of their work has been 5128 pounds, while the total local expenditure up to the end of 1894 amounted to 47.417 pounds. This was largely increased in 1895, in which year 47 new institutions were affiliated. The demand for the extension of the work, with which the institute has hardly been able to keep pace, is the best proof of how much it is wanted.. The 11.000 pounds referred to was exhausted last year, in order that the work, may not be seriously crippled, 3000 to 4000 pounds a year is needed beyond the interest upon the original investment. In a large number of cases local energy will be sufficient to secure continuance of the work, but there are a number of cases where a small annual grant from the institute is needed, so that the work begun may not fall to the ground. Her Majesty has given fresh proof of her interest in the sick poor by receiving at Windsor the Queen's nurses who work among them in their own homes, of whom 395 were present. If the generous sympathy of those should be excited who know the untold blessing of having the advantage of trained nurses in their time of suffering and sickness, so that they would desire to extend those benefits to the poor by aiding financially the work of the institute, information will be most readily given by the master of St Katharine's upon the subject.


Liverpool Mercury May 1st, 1897

Liverpool and the Commemoration

The Lord Mayor's Appeal to the citizens

The Lord Mayor [Alderman Thomas HUGHES] has, on behalf of the committee having charge of the arrangements for the commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Liverpool, issued the following appeal to the citizens of Liverpool :-

Loyalty to our beloved Queen, and regard to the honour and credit, as to the welfare of our city and sympathy for the suffering, combine to recommend to us the scheme which as been chosen to commemorate in Liverpool the 60th year of her Majesty's reign. The idea of providing skilled nurses for the poor in their own homes originated and was first carried into operation in Liverpool in 1862. It became a Royal and national undertaking in 1887, when the Queen devoted to the foundation of the Queen's Institute 70,000 pounds out of the Jubilee gift of the women of England. Thus our Sovereign and our city have both special claims upon this work, and a special interest in its extension and perfection.

In 1860 the Liverpool Royal Infirmary consented to train nurses for the sick poor, a few years later every district in the then town of Liverpool was under the care of a trained nurse, superintended, and to a large extent supported, by a lady or committee of ladies, and this system has continued ever since. The work was found so beneficial that it spread rapidly to Manchester, London and many of our large towns, the foundation of the Jubilee Institute gave an extraordinary impetus to it throughout the United Kingdom, not only in cities, but in rural districts. Much, however, needs to be done in the country at large and in our city. It has been estimated that there are not in the United Kingdom more than one-fourth of the number of district nurses necessary for perfect efficiency, while Liverpool, the pioneer of the movement, has scarcely kept her place in the van, at least if we judge from the number of our nurses and the proportion it bears to our population. While Manchester has one nurse to every 10,500 of its population, Liverpool has only one to every 21,400. In asking for a sum of at least 30,000 pounds for the extension and improvement of our system of district nursing, it may be borne in mind that the area to be covered is considerably more than double that within the old city boundaries, to which the work has been so far in the main confined, and that the population has increased by nearly 50 per cent, since it was first started. Further, the increased value set upon the services of the nurses, both by the medical profession and the people, has created a very heavy demand which it is impossible, with the present staff, adequately to cope with. The existing districts are in themselves too extended, and a complete rearrangement of their respective boundaries will be requisite. New districts will also have to be formed, covering areas hitherto unworked, and for these it is proposed to adopt with necessary modifications, the organisation which has been carried on hitherto with such satisfactory results. Hence provision will have to be made for new homes in which the nurses attached to new districts will, under like superintendence to the present, be located. It is impossible at this early stage to estimate exactly the number either of nurses or of homes for their accommodation that will be necessary. If we assume, however, that at least the new homes will be required to accommodate from 14 to 18 new nurses with their superintendent and that one of these is to be a central home, containing besides accommodation, nurses offices in which the work of the organisation, which is not light, can, under the head general superintendent, be carried on, it will readily be seen that a considerable sum will be required. All premises should be permanent and owned by the suggested new nursing association. If we can count upon the support of the lady superintendents being extended to the new districts on the same scale as hitherto, the additional cost of acquiring, building, adapting, enlarging, and maintaining the entire organisation new and old will require at least 30,000 pounds.While each of these homes would be a memorial, the central home would more prominently serve as a permanent visible commemoration of the Queen's Jubilee, which will find its greater and more lasting monument in the hearts of thousands of sufferers and their families, who will have cause to bless the Queen's Nurses for generations to come.

The work of the district nurse is so quiet and unobtrusive, that before concluding the appeal it is perhaps necessary to explain in a few words what are the benefits which it confers on the people. Anyone who has had experience of sickness in their own homes, knows the value of trained nurses even there, when everything that affection and wealth can supply is at hand, can imagine the greatness of the need for it in the houses of the poor, and the misery, confusion, and helplessness which prevail without it, especially where the breadwinner or the mother of the household has been struck down. The district nurses are carefully selected and specially trained, both in hospital and district work. Their hospital training gives them experience, discretion and discipline, the district training teaches them how to make the most of the limited appliances of poor homes. Their work is to nurse the sick poor in their own homes, visiting each case once or more every day as may be needed. District nursing is a necessity, because it is physically impossible that all or even the larger part of the sick of the working classes can be admitted into hospitals. Even if it were possible, in many cases it would not be desirable. When it is the mother of the family that is sick, she is often able, aided by the nurse, to superintend from her bed the household, which would fall into confusion and wretchedness if left altogether without care. And, more than this, experience shows that these visits of the nurses to poor homes result in much more lasting good than in merely helping the patient back to health.

In a paper entitled what the Queen's Nurses do for the poor." the Commemoration Fund Committee say - "Wives and daughters are shown what nursing really is, they learn a little elementary sick cooking, and sanitary precautions against the spread of disease are taught. Cleanliness both of the person and of the surroundings of the patient, which may be ordinary to some, but which is new and extraordinary to many, is insisted on, and the example set is not forgotten when the work of the nurse ceases. The good moral influence, too, of these visits of sympathetic and devoted women to the houses of the poor cannot be overstated."

Many cases are recorded in the poorer class of homes, in which the object lesson of the nurses work has effected a change which no amount of schooling on the lines of sanitation and hygiene could have produced. The benefit to health and happiness of cleanliness, neatness, and method in the home having once experienced, they are not let slip when the help of the nurse is withdrawn.

The words used by Miss NIGHTINGALE in 1865 are as true now as when they were written - "The work in Liverpool requires greater extension and more support, before all the fruits of it can ripen. But, so far as it has gone, it has proved its own future possibility by its past success, and promises to be one of the most important agencies for coping with human misery which the present day has put forth."


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 5th 1892

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

Her Majesty has graciously approved the following nurses being placed on the roll of "Queen's Nurses" for nursing the sick poor in their own homes.


South London, Jessie Buchanan GRAY

East London, Dora CARTER


Bolton, Florence KIDD

Mortlake, Mabel Winifred CROSS

Bloomsbury, Agnes Mary Cecilia BURKETT, Charlotte REEVE, Emily Kate HEYGATE

Bermondsey, Abigail WRATTEN

Camberwell, Lillie STEELE

Chelsea, Ellen Frances WOOD

Haggerston, Winifred NOBLE

Alfreton, Hannah ROWLEY

Cardiff, Edith Helen YATE

Harlow, Lucy GARDNER

Manchester, Mary E. MARTIN, Annie BARBER, Jane GLASS, Mary TROTTER

Hamilton, Harriet SMITH

Edinburgh, Ellen RAE, Ada Annie DONALDSON, Sarah KEAY, Emma Catherine NICHOLSON, Adelaide Louisa EYRE, Annie Stewart CAMERON, Mina THOMPSON, Florence May SMITH

Glasgow, Jemima MACDONALD, Elizabeth PITTENDRIGH, Agnes BRYDON

Dundee, Jessie Blanche MONCKTON, Marian Singleton BURFORD, Constance Jane WOODROW


Liverpool Mercury, Feb 20th 1892

Guardians and Outdoor Nursing

A document of great importance in the history of nursing is the circular and order just issued by the Local Government Board to all the boards of guardians throughout the kingdom. The attention of the board has frequently been drawn to the absence of suitable persons to attend on the sick poor who are in receipt of outdoor relief, and the order just issued empowers guardians to appoint properly-qualified persons to act as district nurses. The provisions as to the mode of appointment, remuneration, and tenure of office are the same as those now in force for workhouse nurses. At least one years training in a hospital or any training school is insisted upon as essential for these district nurses, who are to work under the directions of the district medical officers. The scheme seems, on the whole, practical and well thought out, though the new poor-law nurses will have to be very careful not to interfere with the existing societies, or to let their work overlap that of the Queen's nurses.


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 3rd, 1893

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

Her Majesty has graciously approved the following additional names being entered on the roll of "Queen's Nurses" for nursing the sick poor in their own homes.

Superintendent, Maria COX, Manchester


Ashton-under-Lyne, Mary Kate WHEATLEY, Martha MAYOH

Darlington, Kate Annie THORNE

Liverpool, Mary Ann CORR

Manchester, Katherine BOOR, Elizabeth Annie DAVIES, Mary Catherine HAYES, Harriet PEHEMANO, Gwen TICKELL, Marion URE

Wolverhampton, Margaret Mary WATT

Cardiff, Ella Constance COLE

Denbigh, Frances Elinor MORRIS


Liverpool Mercury, July 6th, 1894

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

Her Majesty has been pleased to approve of the following additional names being added to the roll of "Queen's Nurses" for nursing the sick poor in their own homes.


Bolton, Amy P. SHAW, Theresa J. LEESER, Elizabeth J. OLIVER

Darwen, Mary H. MORTON

Darlington, Jane BARNES

Liverpool, Ada ARROWSMITH, Florence W. LETT, Alice Ada SEED

Manchester, Emily BAXTER, Rose E. DALY, Zella JOHNSON


Cardiff, Elizabeth T. PLATT, Sara PODMORE

Llandovey, Alice A. BOWLES

Merthyr Vale, Eleanor M. FRANKS

Pembroke Dock, Annie MICHIE


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 1st, 1895

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

Her Majesty has been pleased to approve of the following additional names being entered on the roll of "Queen's Nurses" for nursing the sick poor in their own homes.

Superintendent, Charlotte E. YOUNGMAN, Manchester



Battersea, Helena CROFT

Chelsea, Sara MILROY

Hammersmith, Frances A. GROVES

Manchester, Lilian WARE

East London, Frances E. MANSELL

Manchester, Alice HARDCASTLE

Liverpool, Martha BEASLEY, Alice BUCHANAN, Catherine THOMAS, Alice WALL, Gertrude L. QUAYLE

Windsor, Katherine M. CHILD, Edith SAYERS, Ethel MANLEY

Garston, Isabella I. WATSON

Addlestone, Sarah KYLE

Coventry, Mary M. TAVERNER

Woolwich, Bertha BODLEY

Bath, Edith MITCHELL, Eleanor L. FEAST

Torquay, Ellen WESTCOTT, Agnes De FROISSARD

Darlington, Elizabeth ARMSTRONG

Binbrook, Mary DOLE

Wisbech, Mary I. RATLIFFE


Cardiff, Ada M MAGRATH

Llandaff, E. R. RUTHERFORD

Berrington, E. I. BESWICK

Bradford,Peveril, Kate EDWARDS

Burnham, M. H. MARSHALL

Finedon, K. D. FORSTER

Alton, Lily HAMES

Gainsford, A. E. DAGG


Aughrim, Agnes SHAW

Dublin, Alice WALSHE, Kathleen ROGERS

Londonderry, Eileen HAUGH, Amy SHANNON


Edinburgh, Agnes G. SMALL, B. I. SCOTT, M. H. THOMSON

Aberlour, Isabella JENKINS

Pollockshaws, Janet DICKIE

Larbert, H. R. MAXWELL

Dalbeattie, H. B. GEIKIE

Forfar, A. I. WARWICK

Troon, Janet WHITE

Lochwinnoch, S. E. HUTTON

Blairgowrie, M. H. FLEMING

Aberdeen, A. MACKENZIE

Kilmarnock, C. E. COPELAND, M. S. FROST


Liverpool Mercury July 6th, 1896

The Queen has approved of the following names being placed on the "Roll of Queen's Nurses"

Superintendents, Charlotte TENNEY, working at Woolwich, Whilhelmina DOW, working at Portsmouth



Camberwell. S.W, Jessie COLEMAN

Droylsden, Agnes JAMES

East London, Harriet A. CREES, Emma PICKERSGILL, Elizabeth C. AYLWARD, Amy H. BARCHARD

Rochdale Ada M. BEVAN

South London, Birdsall HOBKINSON

Kensington S.W, Alice BRIDGFORD

Rotherhithe S.E, Emily J. TIPPING

Paddington W, Elsie H. HOLLOWAY

Haggerston, N.E, Florence STEELE, Annie S. DUNNE, Amy B. HILL

Rawtenstall, Sarah A. ANDREWS

Southampton, Alice A. BROWN

Hull, Agnes TYSON

Leeds, Ellen E. GERRING

Hebden Bridge, Mary A. GRAVERT

Malvern, Florence L. BUTLER

Tunbridge Wells, Hilda GOADBY

Bath, Eleanor PURTON, Sarah E. HUTCHINSON

Windsor, Caroline M. S. REID

Trevor, Annie OWEN

Leamington, Beatrice DRAYTON

Rochdale, Mabel L. ORGIAS

Warwick, Annie HANDLEY

Clutton, Agnes McCALLUM

Bognor, Clara URRIDGE

Manchester, Ann H. CLOUGH, Florence J. HARRISON, Emily RIDSDALE, Elsie M. BOSS, Elizabeth EVANS, Elizabeth J. S. HAZELTON, Florence GRUNDY

Salford, Agnes L. ROSS, Emily TRAIFOROS, Mary BULL

Cardiff, Blanch E. HANCOCK

Haverfordwest, Amelia JOHNSON

Bangor, Alice E. PENNINGTON


Edinburgh, Mary McGUFFIE, Lucy J. CAREY

Glasgow, Mary LINDSAY, Hughetto E. TENNENT, Mary A. HILL, Janet CARMICHAEL

Aberdeen, Jessie CRAN

Paisley, Helen LARGUE, Mabyn ARMOUR

Arbroath, Mary M. EASTON

Motherwell, Jane C. ROBERTSON, Margaret A. FYFFE

Ballantrae, Isabel JACK

Musselburgh, Mary MURRAY

Slateford, Bertha LAWTON

Ratho, Margaret J. NESBIT

Collinton, Helen BEECHIE

Alyth, Rachel TAYLOR

Port Glasgow, Adelaide THACKERAY

Lossiemouth, Mary KELLY


Dublin, Annie FLEMING

Londonderry, Florence R. GARDINER

Cushendall, Jane McCOTTER

Newbridge, Mary O. FITZSIMON

Mayne and Kiltoom, Annie Walsh COOKE


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 1st 1897

Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses

Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to approve of the appointment of the following as "Queen's Nurses"


Superintendent Eliza J. RAE, working at Liverpool

London, Nurses Georgina MACLEAY, Elizabeth C. JONES, Mary E. THOMAS, Margaret L. COSTELLOE, Maude E. JACOCKS, Nellie O. BORHAM, Jane HORSLEY and Maude B. SLATER

Warwick, Dora MOHUN

Grimsby, Jane GREIG

Liverpool, Margaret G. JONES, Ruth PARKER, Helena LENTON, Charlotte SMITH

Droylesden, Annie LEAN

Wisbech, Aveline B. MANTELL

Kettering, Edith MILNE

Brighton, Emily FORSTER, Margaret JAMES

Eastbourne, Annie G. FORSTER

Blackburn, Lily HAUGH-BROWN, Nora CAVANAGH

Gateshead, Agnes M. C. A. WHITE

Bingley Florence APPLEBY

Spalding, Jessie RIDLEY

Rawtenstall, Winifred M. POOLER

York, Janet BLACKROCK, Ethel DIXON

Southampton, Elizabeth A. JONES

Leeds, Martha M BUXTON

Coventry, Janet Rait DALL

Manchester, Margaret JACKSON, Marion H. PURCHASE, Emily TINDLE, Caroline A. BUTLER, Catherine M. IRWIN, Rosa J. HORTON, Kate C. MILLIGEN, Jane BURROW

Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Gertrude CHADWICK

Birmingham, Alice PRICE

Windsor, Alice Marion PRIOR

Wales, Nurses

Cardiff Margaret A. HODGSON

Llandovey, Maggie PRYTHERICK

St Brides, Anne TURNER


Llanbradach, Eliza A. SPENCER

Scotland, Superintendent Mary Jane LAMONT, Glasgow


Edinburgh, Mary Hannah BOWLERWELL, Hecterina GILLANDERS

Glasgow, Mary WEIR

Aberdeen, Janet H. BORTHWICK, Annie WISHART

Mauchline, Jane ANDERSON

Elgin, Helen H. ANDERSON

Blantyre, Catherine MACKINNON

Inverness, Marion SHERIDAN

Wick Jean McIVOR

Dalkeith, Clara BURNETT

Tobermory, Isabella JARRON



Dublin Sophia PRATT, Mabel W. NUNN, Eleanor M. MOORE

Enniskerry, Ellen M. PARSONS

Buncrana, Margaret E. CARDEN


Liverpool Mercury, July 7th, 1899

Queen's Nurses

Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of the following, Queen's Nurses, to date July 1st 1899

Blackburn, Lizzie LINEHAM, Zoe Mai BROOKE-JONES, Florence Elizabeth NASH

Rochdale, Mary Adela Flora PATTERSON

Droysden, Coral ARCHER

Warrington, Florence Marion LESHAW, Lottie HARVEY

Liverpool, Kathleen Synge TOWNSHEND, Minnie CANNING, Gertrude LUCAS, Emma SYKES, Mary E. S. A. HIRST, Frances BRADBURY, Emily Maria FARRAR

Manchester, Sarah ROBINSON

Milliom, Annie Elsie Gerloff PRINGLE

Barrow-in-Furness, Mary Agnes JEFFERSON

Ellel, Frances Rachael WALTER

Haydock, Amy GRAHAM

Rusholme, Maude OLDACRE

Shrewsbury, Edith Augusta BELLAMY

Cardiff, Mary EVANS

Rhayader, Jeanie WILLIAMS

Harlech, Shennie Roger LEWIS

Conway, Emma Wilhelmina IRBY

Amlwch, Annie Elizabeth GILL

Nantile Vale, Lillian Genetta NEWCOMB


Liverpool Mercury, April 3rd 1900

District Nursing in Liverpool

The Queen Victoria Institute

Gift of Mr John HENDERSON

There was held yesterday at the Town Hall, under the presidency of the Rt Hon, Lord Mayor [Mr L. S. COHEN] who was accompanied by the Lady Mayoress and the Countess of Derby, the annual meeting connected with the Liverpool Queen Victoria Nursing Institute. The attendance of ladies and gentlemen was numerous and representative.

The report of the year was read by the honorary secretary, Mr Herbert RATHBONE, had, by way of preface, an interesting account of the work of the staff of the institute. It is, remarks the compiler of the report, very difficult for anyone who has not received professional training to appreciate the immense value which a trained nurse can be to the sick poor in their own homes, and it is not only by making a round with one of the nurses that one can realise the amount of suffering she is able to alleviate, and the extent to which she can prevent the spread of disease. A criticism which will no doubt occur to some is, that many of the patients would be better treated in hospital. This, no doubt, is the case and wherever it is desirable and practicable the case is removed to hospital. Unfortunately, want of accommodation in the hospitals, the break up of the home, which would inevitably follow the removal of the patient, the incurable nature of the illness, the danger of attempting to remove the patient, or some other reason, often makes it impossible to take this step, There are also many cases in which the sickness, although accompanied by great suffering and hardship has thanks in no small measure to the assistance of the nurse, done much good indirectly to the friends and relations of the patient. The family and neighbours have been taught the importance of fresh air, cleanliness, and sobriety, while they are enabled to realise to some extent the beauty of self-reliance, unselfishness, and courage in facing adversity. Of the wonderful goodness the poor, as a rule, show to each other in times of trouble and sickness, the matrons and nurses all speak in the highest terms, and it is no small satisfaction to them to feel that they are often able to encourage it, and to point out how a kindly and generous-hearted neighbour can be of real use in helping the sufferers.

Miss ARMSTRONG, the inspector of nursing for the Queen Victoria Nursing Institute, inspected the work of the nurses in the four homes and wrote to the secretary as follows :-

"So far as the nurses and their work is concerned I am glad to say that I am satisfied that the Liverpool Association is doing as good work as any I have seen. The nursing is all round good. I question if any better work is being done anywhere by "Queen's Nurses."

In the course of the year 131,009 visits have been paid, 5939 cases have been nursed. Of these 565 were patients nursed after childbirth, 317 suffering female diseases, 233 from wounds, 158 from scalds, 309 from different forms of abscess, 209 from ulcers, 115 from cancer, 230 from typhoid, 175 from rheumatism, 227 from inflammation of the brain, 1067 from inflammation of the lungs, 413 from bronchitis, 153 from pleurisy., and a large number of complaints of a serious character.

In the districts connected with the central home work this year has been somewhat lighter, which may be accounted for by the fact that in this part of the city large areas of insanitary properties have been demolished and warehouses have been erected in their place, the population in these districts have migrated to the already over-crowded north end. The building of the new central home, I Prince's Rd, which is being presented, furnished and equipped throughout by the David Lewis Trustees, is progressing, and it is hoped will be completed early this summer. Mr LEVY has taken a very great personal interest in the matter, and has spared neither time nor money in making the home as complete and as comfortable as possible.

During 1899 five new districts were added, No's 20, 22, 14A, 14B, 16B, making a total of 26 districts nursed. Further extensions are in contemplation, until the whole of the city area is covered, and districts made of workable size, the expenditure will continue to increase. A considerable sum of money will also be needed to put the older homes in a state of good repair, and in alterations. It is intended to do this during the current year, and to partially meet this expense the treasurers have made some provision during 1899. The Chief Magistrate in moving the adoption of the report, alluded with gratification to the presence of the Countess of Derby and Mr William RATHBONE, and with regret to the absence of Mr Charles LANGTON.

Mr William RATHBONE in seconding the motion, hoped that note would be taken of the circumstances that the area of the operations of the institute in Liverpool had greatly increased of late, and that the nurses had now more to do. Their work, again, was added to in consequence of the number of persons who had ascertained the benefits which were conferred by the institute. From time to time he communicated the progress of district nursing in this city to Miss Florence NIGHTINGALE who ever expressed her wish that Liverpool should, in this, continue to keep well in the front [Applause]

Mr John HENDERSON, who supported the motion, suggested there had been a failure to make provision for the nurses, and he urged that something like a superannuation fund should be established for their benefit. In order to start such a fund he was prepared, so soon as the committee undertook its formation to contribute 500 pounds as a nucleus. [Applause]

Mr Herbert RATHBONE explained that at present there was a National Pension Fund, but that the regulators were rather stringent, the benefit derivable by the nurses so small, and the postponement so late that this fund had not received much support from the nurses. The offer of Mr HENDERSON would assist the committee in the formation of a superannuation scheme, one that would include the giving of aid to nurses who might be incapacitated through illness.

The motion was carried unanimously.

On the proposition of Mr H. B. GILMOUR, seconded by Dr A. DAVIDSON, the following gentlemen were elected as Council representatives of the subscribers, Sir Thomas HUGHES, Colonel G. H. MORRISON, Mr J. Hope SIMPSON, Mr WOODALL, Mr Herbert WATTS, Mr H. Sutton TIMMIS

Mr A. WILLIAMSON, moved the re-appointment of the honorary auditors, Messers W. H. WALKER and Company, this was seconded by Mr H. Sutton TIMMIS and passed.

A vote of thanks having been conveyed to the Lord Mayor, Mr John HENDERSON and Mr William RATHBONE, the meeting came to a close.

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