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Morrison, Catherine (fl 1921-1947), Ophthalmic Nurse

  • GB 1534 CM1
  • Person
  • 1899 - ? (fl 1921-1947)

Catherine Charlotte Robinson Morrison was born on the 16th of December 1899. In 1918 she joined the Scarborough Union - a workhouse - where she worked as a Probationer Nurse until 1920, then as an Assistant Nurse until 1921. She then underwent training to become a Nurse at Stepping Hill Poor Law Hospital near Stockport, which she completed in 1925. During this period she took courses in Elementary Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical and Surgical nursing. She then undertook a further year of training at the Moorfield Eye Hospital in Bedford. Having qualified, she worked at the 5th(1st) General Scottish Hospital at Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire. It was from here that she was recruited by the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), and on the 25th June 1940 left on the HMS Aquitonia for Egypt. She then worked at the 15th Scottish General Hospital in Cairo for the majority of the war, before working in India. During this time she visit numerous places, including Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, capturing the places she visited in photographs. She later returned to Scotland, received her Ophthalmic Nursing Diploma from the Ophthalmic Nursing Board in 1952, and by the later 1960s was living in the village of Meigle.

Miller, Kathleen, 1936-2013, Anti-nuclear campaigner

  • GB 1534 KM
  • Person
  • 1936-2013

Kathleen Laura MacLean George was born on the 10th October 1936 in Maybole, Ayrshire. Kathleen attended the University of Glasgow where she met John Miller, whom she married in 1961. They had three daughters; Jo (1962), Manda (1963) and Bridget (1965). After moving to St John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway, in 1972, Kathleen became involved in politics, joining the Scottish National Party (SNP), canvassing at elections, and standing as a candidate for the local council. Much of her activism became focused on challenging the nuclear industry's plans to investigate the Galloway Hills as a site for the disposal of radioactive waste. With local campaigners, she educated herself and others, fundraised, lobbied, staged events and built a movement which eventually led to a public inquiry into the planning application to test bore at Mullwharchar. Kathleen also had links with the wider anti-nuclear movement in the rest of the UK, and continued to follow the development of nuclear related stories in the media until her death in January 2013, in Rhonehouse, Dumfries and Galloway.

Mary Macarthur

  • Person
  • 1880-1921

Trade unionist and women's rights campaigner. Formed the National Federation of Women Workers in 1906.

Marie Galbraith (1922-2013), Head Teacher

  • MG
  • Person
  • 1922-2013

Marie Galbraith was born Mary Craig Ramsey Black on the 28th of January 1922 in Maryhill. She attended Pollokshields School from 1927 to 1939. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1941, for which she received the Defence Medal and the War Medal. In 1946 she attended Jordanhill Training College and finished her teacher training in 1948. Marie Galbraith taught at several different schools; Broomloan, Fairfield, and Garnetbank, and then at her former school Pollokshields, where she became head teacher. Throughout her career she was in many organisations, such as the Educational Institute of Scotland. She met her husband Malcolm Galbraith in 1946. She retired from teaching in the 1980s and went on to travel across the globe. In 1995 she was secretary of the London Scottish Regimental Association Glasgow Branch. She was still rather active in her last years; giving speeches even when she was 90.

Manning, Rosemary, 1911-1988, British writer

  • GB 1534 RM1
  • Person
  • 9/12/1911-5/4/1988

Rosemary Joy Manning was born in Weymouth, Dorset, 9 December 1911. She attended boarding school in Devon and later studied at the Royal Holloway College from 1930 to 1933, graduating with a 2nd class honours degree in Classics.
Manning first worked in a department store on Oxford street and then as a secretary. Unhappy with her work she suffered a nervous breakdown and was treated at the Maudsley Hospital, following this Manning was offered a teaching job by her former headmistress where she stayed as a teacher for a further 35 years and in 1950 she moved to Hampstead, London to take over a long-established girls’ preparatory school as headmistress.
In 1957 Manning released Green Smoke, her first in the series of Dragon children’s books she would become well known for. In 1962 she released The Chinese Garden, following a failed suicide attempt. The book was later known as her greatest novel and an important piece of lesbian literature. After retiring, she publicly came out as a lesbian in a televised interview in 1980. She died on the 5th April 1988.

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