I have often heard my Aunty affectionately refer to Alice Jones, as “Jonesy.” A year later in 1946, Elsie Leipst joined them after Nan Sherwin resigned.
Apart from these three nursing sisters a matron was employed at this time she lived on the premises. Her name was Olive Skipper. She was responsible for cleaning the rooms and making the endless cups of tea. In those days of the 1940’s it was only six pence a cup and you paid a penny to use the toilets. The toilets fascinated children as there were two very small sized ones specially for them. In those days everyone knew what you meant when you said, “I am off to spend a penny. As public toilets had penny meters on the doors.
Aunty Na as the family referred to her, worked there as Plunket nurse until 1956. She left then to take up a position as Plunket nurse in Johnsonville. It is possible that before this time she became senior sister there as upon reading some notes given to me about Elsie Leipst, I found that she and Alice Jones left the Plunket rooms in 1949 for a trip to England, whereas Aunty Na did not leave until 1956. That was seven years later when she left to take up a Plunket nursing job in Johnsonville. By the time Elsie came back in 1969 to work once again as Plunket nurse in the Women’s Rest, my aunt would have retired. But like Elsie, Aunty Na came back to Hastings to live and they continued the friendship they had begun in the mid-forties until Naomi died on the 19th May 1999.
Photo captions –
A copy of letter appointing Naomi Horton to Hastings.
Women’s Rest 1950
Text of letter –
“The Royal N.Z. Society for the Health of Women & Children
(PLUNKET SOCIETY) (Incorporated)
P.O. BOX 623,
Dunedin, N 1.
3rd August, 1945.
Miss N. Horton
Dear Miss Horton,
Further to our conversation of several days ago, I am writing now to say that I have advised Hastings that you will be ready to commence duty there on the 10th September, 1945. I hope you will like the work and the district.
Assistant Nursing Adviser.”