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Forrest, Christina Fanny

Christina Forrest SRN The late Miss Christina Forrest, for many years Lady Superintendent of the Victoria Nurses Institute, Bournemouth rendered distinguished service to the Nursing Profession.She entered the Hants County Hospital, Winchester for training in 1880 and was subsequently Matron of the Childrens Hospital, Southsea, Sister at Guys Hospital and Matron of the York County Hospital. She was one of the signatories to the Incorporation Clause of the Royal Charter of the Royal British Nurses Association, and gave valuable evidence in favour of State Registration of Nurses before a Select Commitee of the House of Commons in 1905. She founded the Victoria Bournemouth Nurses League, the first Provincial League of Private Nurses, and was from the first a keen supporter of the International Council of Nurses. Those who attended its Interim Meeting and Conference in Paris, in 1907, will remember her as conspicous, alert and keen, generally accompanied by a flock of nurses, in neat blue uniforms, members of the Victoria Bournemouth Nurses League. In 1908, Miss Forrest was elected Treasurer of the National Council of Trained Nurses of Great Britian and Ireland, a position which she held for many years until failing health compelled her to resign. An excellent woman in business, and of a gentle, charming and lovable nature, her death in ripe old age, honored, respected and loved was lamented by a wide circleof friends and colleagues.


Registration number314
First name(s)Christina Fanny

County Hospital, York; Victoria Nurses Institute, Bournemouth

Date of registration7 March 1890

Hants County Hospital, Winchester 1880; Guy's Hospital 1882-1885; Firs Home, Bournemouth Matron 1885-1887; York County Hospital, Matron 1888-1889


Member of Registrants Board 1890; Childrens Hospital, Southport 1881 Matron

Personal details

Date of birth1845
Place of birthSouthampton, Hampshire, England
Family details

1851 Census Father John H Forrest 33 years old was married to Selina, also 33 years old in 1851. His occupation is described as Esquire. By 1851 he had 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys.

Date of death1926
Place of deathBournemouth

Professional details

Work experience

County Hospital York, 1888-1889, Matron; Guys Hospital 1882-1885 Sister; Firs Home Bournemouth Matron 1885-1887; Victoria Nursing Institute Bournemouth Superintendent 1888-1901; She is still Matron in Bournemouth at the age of 66 in 1911

Professional activities

Member of RBNA; Member of Matrons Council; Member of Registrants Board RBNA; Founded the Victoria Bournemouth Nurses League.

Additional professional details

Campaigned for State Registration; Member of International Council of Nurses; Treasurer of the National Council of Trained Nurses of Great Britian and Ireland from 1908


Register of Trained Nurses 1892; Nursing Directory for 1909; RBNA Roll of Members 1909 and Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives 1851, 1901 and 1911 census British Journal of Nursing Nursing Record, July 18th 1894; May 1927

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