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November 2008 "Tom Turner kept posted ' - sife: Pauline Alma Turner nee Rohde, nurse and AANS WW! [Citation, NT Police Museum & Historical Society]

Title : November 2008 "Tom Turner kept posted ' - sife: Pauline Alma Turner nee Rohde, nurse and AANS WW! [Citation, NT Police Museum & Historical Society]
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Item Name November 2008 "Tom Turner kept posted ' - sife: Pauline Alma Turner nee Rohde, nurse and AANS WW! [Citation, NT Police Museum & Historical Society]
Description Article about Nurse P Turner who nursed in the NT in various locations. She also joined the Australian Army Nursing Service.
Item Dates 2008
Significance Historic
Significance note Historic: for Territory nursing. “Tom Turner kept posted” Citation: NT Police Museum and Historical Society [November 1, 2008] This article from the NT Police Museum & Historical Society’s Journal Citation 1/11/2008 tells of Tom Turner who served in the SA Police Force prior to joining the NT Police in 1910. He met his wife-to-be in 1907. Pauline Alma Rohde was a nurse who served in the Australian Army Nursing Service in India in WW1. The family changed the surname from Rohde to Rhodes or Rhode, most probably due to ill-feeling towards those of German descent at that time. After corresponding over 19 years, Alma and Tom married in 1926, when she was 40 years old and he was 42. Tom retired at 60 in 1940 from the NT Police Force and he and Alma returned to Adelaide. They both died in 1960. In his time with the NT Police, Tom served at Pine Creek, Horseshoe Creek and Borroloola, and after marrying, at Batchelor, Pine Creek and Daly River. Alma played a major role, often as the only health and medical expert in the region.* The Turners operated the NT Aerial Medical Service transceiver at Daly River. “If members of the modern police force could cope with so many medical conditions they would probably be quickly seconded to the stretched NT Health Department!.” They were at Daly River as military control was established from 1942 over the NT, experiencing some tension and conflict as the police station was given over to the military. In this rambling article, there is evidence of the varied police roles of the times from working with Aboriginal people, building and maintaining food gardens and goats, concern re VD spreading, managing disease, trauma and epidemic, famous brawls and a bombing in a local court house. The significance of this article for Territory nursing history is the detail inherent in the various issues mentioned which are indicative of a lifestyle now gone. The police man’s wife then was expected to be active in many local issues. She often assisted her husband in concern for local health matters. If a nurse, as she often was, she became responsible for local health. Only a copy of the article on acid-free paper is held. * Note: the article states that she is mentioned in Ellen Kettle’s 1991 Health Services in the Northern Territory – a history 1824-1970 [Australian National University North Australian Research Unit] but it seems that only Tom is mentioned [page 5].
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Current Location PM Folder 11
Source or Donor O'BRIEN Jaci
Condition of Item on Receipt Fair/Used
 
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