Twin babies were no April Fool's joke

HENRY (Harry) Domrow was out ploughing when someone told him his wife Amanda had given birth to twins.

As far as he knew, she was in Rosewood shopping and, because it was April 1, 1925, Harry didn't believe them.

'I know it's April Fool's Day,' he replied.

However, when she didn't return for milking, he thought he should go out looking for her.

This is one story sent in by Betty Domrow in response to a call for stories and recorded births at St Kilda's Private Hospital at Rosewood.

On, May 6, 1919, a local newspaper printed: "Nurse Stubbs (nee Fullekrug), certificated, begs to announce that she has opened a private hospital and nursing home on the premises in John St, opposite Dr Wallace's (formerly known as St Florence's). Maternity patients received and morning cases attended."

PIONEERING: Nurse Augusta Phyllis Stubbs opend a private hospital at Rosewood.
PIONEERING: Nurse Augusta Phyllis Stubbs opend a private hospital at Rosewood.

The private hospital was located in 45 John St, at Rosewood. Now 100 years later, two granddaughters of Nurse Stubbs, Jenny and Shirley Stubbs, are trying to reconstruct a list of those born in the hospital as well as interesting stories dating back over the years. It is not known exactly when the hospital closed but it is thought sometime in 1947.

A reunion of people born there is being organised and will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, John St, at Rosewood, from 11am on Sunday May 19, 2019.

Was someone in your family born in the hospital? Jenny and Shirley Stubbs need names, birthdates and names of parents.

 

St Kilda's Hospital back in the day.
St Kilda's Hospital back in the day.

"Any information or anecdotes would be appreciated as we try to add to the history of St Kilda's." Shirley said.

"A Facebook page and event page have been set up for people to find more information about the hospital and to share their own stories at fb.me/StKildasRosewood."

Information can be sent to shirleystubbs54@gmail.com or drop it into the letter box of 43 John St, Rosewood 4340.

 

Matron Stubbs with a newborn.
Matron Stubbs with a newborn.


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