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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Dorothy Hall
Name: Hall, Dorothy May
Also known as: Allen, Dorothy May
Date of Death: 1989?
Place of Birth: Castlemaine (Vic.)
Date of Birth: 1905-05-24
Place of Death: Darwin
Occupation: Health Worker
Biographical notes: Dorothy first came to the Northern Territory in 1937 on the SS Marella, to nurse at the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) Wimmera Home hostel/hospital at Victoria River Downs (VRD). The nursing staff worked as a team sharing professional and domestic tasks on ‘a week and week about’ basis Dorothy and staff were also responsible for conducting informal ‘church services’ and entertaining single white men in a Christian environment. Dorothy met Noel Townshend Hall at Wimmera Home and they married on the 1st May 1939 in Katherine. Noel had a contract to shoot buffaloes, they moved to small block on the Edith River in early 1940 later that year they returned to the Katherine area. In 1942 when Darwin was bombed and the women and children were evacuated she was at the Katherine railway station when Dorothy was told she was now responsible for the health and welfare of over 200 people, despite having no medicine and a delivering baby on the way she managed to get the group safely to Alice Springs. After the war Dorothy and Noel were reunited and they lived at Bonrook Station, near Pine Creek from 1945 to 1950, their daughter Diane was born at Katherine Hospital in 1946. Midway through 1950 she was asked to go and nurse at Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement about 280 km north-west of Alice Springs where an outbreak of gastroenteritis epidemic. She returned to Bonrook Station in 1951 where Noel involved in a number business ventures. Dorothy continued volunteering her time nursing for the community. In 1960 due to Noel’s ill health they were forced to sell Bonrook Station. The family moved to Pine Creek and Dorothy worked alone as a voluntary community nurse for twelve years delivering health services through out the district eventually in 1963 she was paid a small allowance. In 1981 Dorothy moved to Darwin and become an active member of the St Peter’s Church and Senior Citizen’s Association until her death in 1989.
Related link: Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
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