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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Maggie" Margaret NIVEN

Born 23 May 1897 [P13] in Denny, Stirling, Scotland [28]
Daughter of Robert NIVEN and Annie MUNRO [20] [28]
Resided with her parents on Ardliesh Farm in Arrochar, Dunbarton, Scotland and later at Tyndrum in Stirling, Scotland [P13]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Orvieto with her parents and twelve siblings on 4 August 1914 [P13]
After a short stay in Perth travelled with parents to their pre-purchased Ready Made Farm in Carnamah [P13]
Initially resided with her parents on Craigend Farm, Carnamah [P13]
Member of the Carnamah Sunday School in 1914 [7: page 238]
Later an employee of Donald, Bessie and Maggie MACPHERSON at their homestead Carnamah House in Carnamah [P25]
Assisted nurse Mrs Susette DURACK in tending to Miss Maggie MACPHERSON and her facial wounds among other duties [P25]
During her employment with the MACPHERSON family she resided in a room of their large homestead [P25]
Rode Donald MACPHERSON's horse called Home Again to Craigend Farm to visit her family on her afternoons off [P25]
In 1919 and 1921, presumably while working for MACPHERSON's, she gave her occupation as "Lady's Help" [50]
Resided in Carnamah until 1921 [50]
On leaving Carnamah she undertook nursing training in Victoria, Australia [P25]
In 1928 was working as a Nurse at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Along with her sister Jean returned to Carnamah in September 1928 to visit their mother and siblings [4: 22-Sep-1928]
In the 1930s opened her own hospital called Saint Andrew's on Sayer Street in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [P13]
Ran the hospital with the aid of some of her sisters from the 1930s until 1963[P13]
Resided in a house behind the hospital on Brockman Street in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [P13]
In August 1963 sold her private hospital which was then transformed into a Medical Centre [P13]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Bentley [2]
Died 15 February 1989; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (MC Section, Niche Wall, W6, 66) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Margaret Niven' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/margaret-niven [sources]




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