Provenance
BOM - Board of Management


Details

This provenance note does not include the Board of Directors of the Women’s and Children’s Health Care Network, Women’s and Children’s Health or the Royal Women’s Hospital recreated in 2004.

The Board of Management was the group responsible for the overall management of the hospital from it’s creation in 1856 until its demise in July 1995. At that time the hospital was compulsorily merged with the Royal Children’s Hospital and a new Board of Directors was appointed by the state government to manage the new entity.

The Board was known by several names and was variously constituted during its 139 year existence.

Committee/Board members were elected by Subscribers to the hospital at the Annual General Meeting until circa 1980.

Visiting Committee
A committee of this name was reported in "The Argus" newspaper on 12 August 1856 where it is described as "a group of ladies (who) have consented to become visitors of this institution". These sixteen ladies all went on to be foundation members of the Ladies' Committee (Committee of Management) of the Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for the Diseases Peculiar to Womens and Children.

Mrs Robert Barlow
Mrs Barry
Mrs Cassell
Mrs Draper
Mrs Griffith
Mrs Guiness
Mrs Handfield
Mrs Heatherington
Mrs Jennings (Alicia)
Mrs Odell
Mrs Macartney
Mrs Charles Perry (Fanny)
Mrs Seddon
Mrs Simpson
Mrs Stubbs

The Prospectus issued in August 1856 prior to the public meeting that formally established the institution also includes the names of Mrs Puckle, Mrs J T Smith and Mrs Tripp. The only lady omitted from these lists who subsequently was on the inaugural Ladies' Committee was Mrs McCombe.

Committee of Management (Ladies' Committee)
This group founded the Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children in August 1856 together with Drs Richard Tracy and John Maund. The first President, Frances (Fanny) Perry was the wife of Melbourne’s first Anglican Bishop and many of the other ladies had strong protestant church connections. They were assisted by a Gentlemen’s Committee “for reference and counsel in time of need”. The Honorary Secretary, Mrs Elizabeth Tripp was an active and competent manager whose correspondence from the first two years forms part of Series D0014.

The ladies were hands-on managers, meeting weekly and assuming responsibility for admission of patients, staff appointments and negotiating contracts with builders and suppliers.


Committee of Management (Ladies' Committee and Gentlemen’s Committee)
In 1870 the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Committees merged, although the Annual Reports continue to list the two groups separately until 1972. Changes in legislation saw the numbers and responsibilities change from time to time.

This committee was also referred to as the General Committee until about 1954.


Board of Management
“The President welcomed [a person] who had accepted the Board’s invitation to fill [a casual vacancy]”. Source: BOM Minutes 25 July 1968.

At the Annual General Meetings in 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980 there were sufficient nominees for the vacant Board positions for them to be elected without voting. (Intervening years not checked.) The 1981 AGM Minutes do not refer to election or appointment of Board members. Source: AGM Minutes 17 September 1968, 16 September 1969, 25 September 1973, 16 September 1974, 18 September 1978, 10 September 1979, 18 September 1980, September 1981.

“The legislation which established the Health Commission of Victoria also limits the maximum membership of Hospital Boards of Management to 12. The Board has now taken the first steps in reducing its membership to 18. Over the next year membership will be reduced to the statutory requirement.” In implementing these requirements the Board determined to maintain the tradition of having a lady President who should serve for a maximum of three years and that when the numbers were reduced to 12, there should be no fewer than six ladies. There had bee 21 members to this time. Source: Annual Report, 1979

Appreciation of retiring members as a result of these changes is recorded in the 1981 Annual Report. Because of the added burden placed on the reduced number of members the fortnightly meetings were replaced by monthly meetings.

“The president recommended that [a person] be invited to join the Board to fill a casual vacancy.” Source: BOM Minutes 12 march 1981. At this time it appears that candidates were assessed by the Board and the favoured ones were recommended to the Health Commission for approval by the Governor-in-Council.

Appointments to Boards of Management limited to 3 years – Authorised by Governor-in-Council. Source: BOM Minutes 11 June 1981.

Advertisements were being placed in the press in August 1982. Source: BOM Minuted 12 August 1982.

The Minister of Health announced that all vacancies on the Board must in future be advertised and also advised of his intention to legislate for the appointment of an elected employee member of the Board in the coming year. The Minister agreed with the Board’s submission that this should be an additional member. Source: RWH Annual Report 1983.

“Board members were asked to consider names of candidates to take the place of [a member] who has indicated he does not wish to reapply when his term of office expires…”. Source: BOM Minutes 8 December 1983.

Advertisements placed in press for new members. Source: BOM Minutes February 9 1984.

Advice received from the Health Commission of new appointments to the Board. Source: BOM Minutes 12 April 1984.

In the 1984 Annual Report the word “appointed” is used for new members rather than “elected” for the first time.

Minute Book covering Aug. & Sept. 1993 is missing, but Volume Nos. are continuous.

Does not include records of the Women's and Children's Health Care Network Board of Directors. This is a separate provenance (BOD).

Does not include records of the Board of Directors of the independent Royal Women's Hospital created after the disaggregation of Women's and Children's Health on 1 July 2004. This is a separate provenance (BODW).

Presidents:
Mrs A E Prytz, ? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Mrs Henry Dennett, ? - 1974 - ?
Lady Woodward, ? - October 1986
Mrs Alison Leslie
Mrs Mary Murdoch
Dr Gytha Betheras, November 1992 - July 1995

Honorary Treasurers:
Mr Gordon Leckie, ? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Mr Don Carruthers, November 1993 - ?

Members:
Baer, Mrs Herbert, ? - 1974 - ?
Betheras, Dr Gytha, 1980 - July 1995
Black, Mrs W, ? - 1964 - ?
Bowden, Mrs O E (Yvonne), ? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Brookes, Mrs Herbert, ? - 1964 - ?
Byrne, Mr Donald, 1994 - ?
Carruthers, Mr Don, March 1993 - 1994 - ?
Chaldjian, Mrs B C, ? - 1974 - ?
Chernov, Mrs Elizabeth, 1985 - July 1995
Coles, Dame Mabel, ? - 1974 - ?
Coles, Lady, ? - 1964 - ?
Cornfoot, Mrs E M , ? - 1964 - ?
Corr, Mr A M, ? - 1964 - ?
Creswell, Mr Randolph, 1993 - 1994 - ?
Curtis, Mr Leo, ? - 1964 - ?
De Garis, Dr C N, ? - 1974 - ?
Fowell, Mr R E, ? - 1974 - ?
Gillespie, R J G, ? - 1964 - ?
Gordon, Mrs R R, ? - 1974 - ?
Hauser, Mrs V T, ? - 1974 - ?
Henry, Mrs Virginia Isobel, 4 August 1992 - 1994 - ?
Holberton, Mr John, 1984 - 1994 - ?
Jarman, Mrs Jennifer, March 1993 - 1994 - ?
Kilpatrick, Mrs W J, ? - 1964 - ?
Kyrou, Mr Emilios, 1988 - 1994 - ?
Lawson, Dr D F, ? - 1964 - ?
Leckie, Mr Gordon, ? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Leckie, Mrs R J, ? - 1974 - ?
Lewis, Mr J A H, ? - 1974 - ?
Long, Dr A R ?, - 1974 - ?
Murdoch, Mrs Mary, 1981 - July 1995
Pepperell, Prof Roger, 1978 - 1994 - ?
Rodd, Mrs John, ? - 1964 - ?
Sneddon, Mrs B M, ? - 1974 - ?
Syme, Miss Kathleen A, ? - 1964 -1974 - ?
Townsend, Prof (Sir) Lance,? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Ward-Ambler, Cyril Ralph, 4 August 1992 - 1994 ?
Wexler, Mr H, ? - 1964 - 1974 - ?
Wilks, Mrs Arthur, ? - 1964 - ?
Winneke, Mrs M, ? - 1974 - ?
Woodward, Lady, 1988 - February 1995
Wright, Mr Myles F E, ? - 19640 - 1974 - ?


Published by the The Royal Women's Hospital Archives Department, November 2006
Listed by Robyn Waymouth
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Updated 28 November 2006
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