HONSEC - Honorary Secretary


An honorary (unpaid) position held by a member of the Committee/Board of Management. During the early years of the hospital, the Committee and hence the Honorary Secretary had complete control over the management of the hospital's affairs.

In c.1887 (the Annual Report is missing for that year) the position of Superintendent and Secretary was created and it appears that the incumbent took responsibility for some at least of the Honorary Secretary's duties. This was a time of substantial enlargement of the hospital with the opening of the Genevieve Ward Wing - the new separately administered Midwifery Department.

1856-1858 Mrs Elizabeth Tripp
1858-1879 Mrs T T a'Beckett (Laura Jane)
1881-1885 Mrs H J Henty
1886-c.1887 Mrs Shields
c.1887-1888 Mrs Lindsay Miller
1889-1902 Mrs Shields
1903-1909 Mrs Charles D'Ebro (Blanche, nee Tracy)
1911-1912 Carrie Earle
1913-1914 Emily Macaw
1915-1925 Not recorded in Annual Reports
1926-1944 Mrs D A Skene
1944- Not yet indexed.

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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