Wangaratta Midwives

This page is part of my desire to recognise the role of women in Victoria’s ‘frontier society’ period. Few women owned land or had their names recorded on documents, so they left little record of their own lives. Despite this they had an important place in developing towns. One of the roles they had was in supporting and assisting other women who were at their most vulnerable, during childbirth. They had skills, although largely unrecognised by the male-only medical profession, which were handed down from their own mothers and coloured by their own experiences of childbirth. Some women acted as midwives only within their own family but others hired themselves out to women who knew and trusted them. This listing then is an indication, not only of the birthing activities of women, but also of the intimate social networks that women moved in.

This listing is a work in progress and will be updated gradually. If you have a pre 1920 birth certificate of a child born in Wangaratta and wish the midwife to be listed here, or you can identify the relationship between a midwife and the mother listed on this page, please use the contact page to get in touch.

This database is copyright. Please do not copy it or redistribute it it any form.

**Please note: I will supply the full information on any birth certificate listed here ONLY in return for another birth certificate contributed to the database.**

Midwife Mother Date Relationship Doctor
Ashworth, Mrs Hennessy, Margaret (nee Byrne) 1861 Nil
Barr, Mrs Norton, Margaret (nee Maroney) 1861 Dobbyn
Bienz(?), Mrs Ryan, Mary (nee Conroy) 1858 Nil
Bird, Mrs McDougall, Edith 1910 Barnard
Campbell, Mrs Buckler, Jane (nee Hutchinson) 1859 Nil
Carr, Mrs Cusack, Mary (nee Hogan) 1859 Dobbyn
Chandler, Mrs Lumley, Emma (nee Gamble) 1855 Nil
Clancy, Mrs Moore, Alice Rebecca (nee Clark) 1885 Nil
Clark, Mrs Cusack, Mary (nee Hogan) 1862 Dobbyn
Clark, Mrs Moore, Alice Rebecca (nee Clark) 1880 mother Nil
Clark, Mrs Cusack, Charlotte Sophia (nee Clark) 1880 mother Nil
Clarke, Mrs Farmer, Ann Theresa (nee Clark) 1855 Dobbyn
Curry, Mrs Chandler, Ann (nee Ellis) 1859 Nil
Dale, Mrs Swan, Ann (nee Muir) 1857 Nil
Davis, Mrs Clark, Elizabeth (nee Harris) 1855 Dobbyn
Davis, Mrs Foote, Ann Jane (nee Helme) 1855 Nil
Davis, Mrs Cusack, Mary (nee Hogan) 1855 Nil
Davis, Mrs Leech, Ann (nee McMahon) 1855 Nil
Davis, Mrs Cusack, Mary (nee Hogan) 1855 Nil
Davis, Mrs Gahagan, Harriet (nee Noon) 1855 Nil
Del Ora, Mrs Robins, Victoria Maude (nee Harris) 1910 Nil
Dives, Mrs Tupp, Mary Ann (nee Dive) 1857 mother Nil
Dives, Mrs Tone, Margaret (nee Canny) 1853 Nil
Donoghue, Mrs Baldwin, Emma (nee Curling) 1859 Dobbyn
Dykes, Mrs Hoysted, Winifred Louisa 1900 E J McCardel
Dykes, Mrs Woody, Amy Mary 1910 Boyes
Dyve, Mrs Gilbert, Bridget (nee McCann) 1855 Nil
Evans, Mrs Crock, Charlotte (nee Grimshaw) 1859 Nil
Farmer, Mrs Gilbert, Bridget (nee McCann) 1855 Nil
Farrell, Mrs Ryan, Mary (nee Conroy) 1858 Nil
Flanagan, Peggy Leech, Ann (nee McMahon) 1855 Nil
Flynn, Mrs Perkins, Olive Ann (nee Smith) 1896 Nil
Flynn, Mrs Moore, Mary Annie (nee Brennan) 1900 Boyes
Foord, Mrs Bayliss, Eleanor (nee Foord) 1857 mother Nil
Garnett, Nurse Turner, Martha (nee Littlehales) 1908 Henderson
Gilmore, Mrs Phelan, Mary Ann (nee Moore) 1857 Nil
Halligan, Mrs Porter, Mary (nee Hynes) 1861 Nil
Hourigan, Mrs Porter, Mary (nee Hynes) 1861 Nil
Howell, Mrs Willett, Gertrude Louisa (nee Jackson) 1908 Nil
Howell, Mrs Trinder, Minnie Catherine (nee Adams) 1916 Cook
Jevons, Mrs T
Kelly, Mrs J J McKenna, Harriet (nee Curtis) 1900 Nil
Laurence, Mary McEnereny, Catherine (nee Gallagher) 1871 Nil
Maloney, Mrs Banks, Isabella (nee Drover) 1854 Nil
Maloney, Mrs Larkings, Elizabeth (nee Alexander) 1862 Nil
Maloney, Mrs Shaw, Dulcina (nee West) 1862 Nil
Maloney, Mrs Cusack, Mary (nee Hogan) 1862 Dobbyn
Martin, Mrs Thwaites, Charlotte (nee Gunny?) 1861 Dobbyn
McDonald, Mrs Morey, Eliza (nee Larkin) 1859 Nil
McDonald, Mrs Chandler, Ann (nee Ellis) 1859 Nil
McGregor, Mrs Meyer, Mary Ann (nee Coleman) 1896 Nil
McGregor, Mrs O’Brien, Margaret (nee Prendergast) 1899 E J McCardel
McGregor, Mrs Youngman, Bridget (nee O’Shannassy) 1900 E J McCardel
McGregor, Mrs Coleman, Sarah Ann (nee Jones) 1903 J L Henderson
McGregor, Mrs Beach, Alice Elizabeth (nee Pierce) 1903 Nil
McGregor, Mrs Glazebrook, Emily (nee Magee) 1908 Nil
Moore, Matilda Moore, Margaret (nee Considine) 1854 daughter Nil
Newton, Miss Buckler, Flora Adelaide (nee Hunt) 1916 McLay
Newton, Miss Younger, Bessie Jean (nee Munro) 1916 McLay & Boyes
Nicholls, Mrs Thorley, Matilda Jane 1896 Nil
Nielson, Mrs Williams, Grace B L (nee Ellement) 1908 Nil
Parker, Mrs McMahon, Ada (nee Hart) 1903 W Boyes
Parker, Nurse Jeffrey, Mary (nee Clarke) 1917 Docker
Payne, Miss Reid, Catherine (nee Wilkinson) 1910 Nil
Phillips, Mrs Jackel, Olive Isabella (nee Cordy) 1917 Docker
Phillips, Mrs J Chandler, Jessie Isabel (nee Ross) 1908 Nil
Ponchard, Mrs O’Neill, Bridget (nee Sullivan) 1859 Nil
Porter, Mrs Silas Swan, Elizabeth (nee Cook) 1872 Nil
Reardon, Mrs Sarah Donohoe, Ann (nee Reardon) 1855 mother Nil
Robinson, Mrs Laurence Trottiez, Elizabeth (nee Allan) 1872 Nil
Ryan, Mrs Mephan, Bridget (nee Molony) 1872 Nil
Sheridon, Mrs Londen, Clara (nee Scruby) 1872 Nil
Stearn, Mrs Moore, Etherlinda (nee Stearn) 1899 mother Nil
Stearn, Mrs Moore, Etherlinda (nee Stearn) 1903 mother Nil
Stearn, Mrs McDonald, Annie (nee Younger) 1903 Nil
Stearn, Mrs Moore, Etherlinda (nee Stearn) 1910 mother Nil
Sterling, Mrs Byrne, Anne (nee O’Halloran) 1857 Nil
Sullivan, Mrs Moore, Etherlinda (nee Stearn) 1896 Nil
Swan, Mrs A Swan, Ann (nee Muir) 1857 Nil
Swan, Mrs William Swan, Elizabeth (nee Cook) 1872 mother-in-law Nil
Taylor, Mrs Gale, Catherine (nee Minogue) 1896 Nil
Thorpe, Mrs Clark, Elizabeth (nee Harris) 1859 Dobbyn
Thorpe, Mrs Clark, Elizabeth (nee Harris) 1861 Dobbyn
Tre….., Mrs Amery, Joanna (nee Walsh) 1862 Nil
Tupp, Mrs George Tupp, Mary Ann (nee Dive) 1857 Mother-in-law Nil
Waley, Mrs Toohey, Amy (nee Thompson) 1900 E J McCardel
West, Mrs J Moore, Caroline Ann (nee Ritchie) 1916 Nil
West, Mrs J Kneebone, Ada Mary Elizabeth (nee Bennett) 1916 Nil
West, Nurse Gilbert, Amelia Victoria (nee Gilbert 1917 Nil
West, Nurse Menzies, Alice Victoria (nee Batten) 1917 Nil
West, Nurse Tippet, Lillian Florence (nee Romero) 1917 Nil
White, Mrs Larkings, Elizabeth (nee Alexander) 1862 Nil
Woods, Mrs Trigger, Zillah (nee Dean) 1859 Nil
Wright, Mrs Cozens, Mary (nee Tozer) 1862 Nil