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Title: Hannah Wood
Date of Death: 1903-07-16
Date of Birth: 1827-01-01
Place of Birth: England
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Palmerston Pioneer Cemetery
Cultural heritage: English
Occupation: Nurse
Biographical notes: Hannah emigrated from England where she was a senior nurse with years of experience, including working as matron on ships bringing immigrant women to Australia in the 1960s. Other professional work included working in Millbank Prison. She married James Wood in Victoria in December 1874 and moved to the Territory in September 1875 to be with her husband who was working there. They managed the Standard Hotel in Pine Creek for two years from December 1876 then moved to Palmerston. In 1880 Hannah's husband died of dysentery and she stayed in the Territory working as a nurse. She continued to be a vocal and assertive member of the public and lobbied for an English pension which was denied her because she had worked so many years in Australia. She held the post of acting matron of Palmerston hospital and gave evidence in a Board of Inquiry for a leprosy case. In May 1895 Hannah was one of the 82 Northern Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She was 68 when she registered at Palmerston and her occupation was listed as 'nurse (widow)'.
Hannah survived the 1897 cyclone and successfully appealed to the community to help her rebuild her home. She was hospitalized after an accident in 1902 and again the community came to her aid in petitioning the Government for financial assistance for this respected member of their community. Unfortunately this assistance was denied and Hannah chose to live in her own cottage, where she died in 1903. On her death in 1903 she had become a respected resident of the Territory, 'a woman of great natural intelligence and up to the last took the liveliest interest in everything affecting the welfare of this settlement' (Northern Territory Times on her death).
Related link: "An Old Territorian", The Advertiser, 6 February 1903, p.6.
"Obituary", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 24 Jul 1903, p.3.
"Correspondence", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 12 November 1897, p.3.
"To the editor", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 30 July 1897, p.3.
"Northern Territory", The Advertiser, 20 July 1903, p.5.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 – 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 323.623 JAM
Northern Territory dictionary of biography : volume one. Casuarina, N.T. : NTU Press, 1990. NTC 920.9429 NORT
Subject: Women
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