Name/TitlePlaque to commemorate the Waimate Nurses who died during the sinking of the Marquette, 23 October 1915.
About this objectThe plaque reads…
In commemoration of Nurses I. Clark, M.Gorman, C.Fox. who lost their lives in the service of the Empire on Board H.M.H.S. Marquette torpedoed in the Mediterranean. October, 1915.
This plaque used to be displayed on the walls of the Waimate Hospital until it closed in 1996. The women’s ward at the Waimate Hospital was named the Marquette Ward after the nurses that drowned in WWI. The plaque is now on permanent display at the Waimate Museum. It is identified as a Category C in the Heritage Protection items of the District Plan.
Isabel Clark was born in 1885 and was the youngest of Christina and Hugh Clark’s six children. The Clark's were early Scottish settlers who won a 122-acre (49ha) section at Ardgowan outside Oamaru in a Government ballot to divide land. Isabel attended local schools including Oamaru South and Waitaki Girls’ High. When she finished school she decided to become a nurse like her older sister Elsie. She trained at Waimate Hospital and then at Oamaru Hospital.
Accounts identify that Isabel was one of four nurses left on board the Marquette as a boat load of uniformed men was drawing away from the vessel. She and Marion Brown, held hands and leapt into the water; both drowned.
Catherine Fox was born at Cardrona. She was the daughter of Mr & Mrs John Fox. The family moved to Hawea Flat before moving to Studholme in the Waimate District. Catherine trained at Dunedin Hospital, and afterwards nursed at Waimate, Christchurch and Auckland. At the time of enlistment on 6 July 1915 she was working in Auckland as a private nurse.
Mary Gorman was born in Waimate on 10 May 1881. She was the daughter of John and Catherine Gorman of Arno, Kapua, Waimate. The Gorman family originally came from Ashburton. Mr Gorman Snr was a ganger on the Railway. The Gorman family drew a property when Waikakahi was divided up. The family took up farming.
She trained at Waimate Hospital. There are accounts that Mary used to cycle on her days off from Waimate to Waihao Forks. Later she was a sister in the Wellington Public Hospital. She embarked with the NZEF on 21 May 1915 at Wellington.
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How to cite this page: 2015-004-004/5, URL: http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3188/object/550124, updated 28 August 2015]
Subject and Association KeywordsMary Gorman
Subject and Association KeywordsFox, Catherine Ann
Subject and Association KeywordsMarquette
Subject and Association KeywordsClark, Isobel
Object TypeCommemorative Plaque