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Sisley, Beatrice Sophia

Beatrice Sophia Sisley, 71 years old died Saturday in the Home for Aged Women after an illness of several weeks. Miss Sisley was a native of London, England and had been in this country about eight years. She was for many years a nurse at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London and served several years as a nurse with the British Colonial Troops in the Sudan during the Egyptian War. Painting was her hobby and during the Christmas holidays she produced numerous oil paintings that were sold in Philadelphia. Funeral Services will be held at the Home for Aged Women today at 1:30 o'clock with internment at Lawn Croft Cemetary April 11, 1931.


Registration number1059
First name(s)Beatrice Sophia

92 Huddleston Road, Tufnell Park, N.

Date of registration2 May 1890

Certificate, St Bartholomew's Hospital 1887-89; Belvedere Fever Hospital Glasgow 1889-90



Personal details

Date of birth1 December 1859
Place of birthKennington, London
Family details

Baptised 18 January 1860; Father named Numa Jules Romain Sisley born in France/ British subject; Mother Elizabeth Sophia Laurentia Sisley born in British Guiana. parents' wedding 10 February 1859. Beatrice had half siblings from her father's previous marriage. Numa J Sisley born abt 1851 in Illinois; Half sisters were Susan and Laura. Father's occupation was cloth merchant; Her first cousin was the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley.

Date of death11th April 1931
Place of deathWilmington, Delaware, USA
Additional personal details

She joined her half sister Laura in Canada in 1905; last previous residence given in 1905 was Cairo; she recruited a friend, Maude Trotman, to work in western Canada. Miss Trotman died of severe fever after two weeks. That was a 'great blow' to Beatrice who was not well at that time. Belonged to the Society for Ethical Culture in Philadelphia; declared intention to be a citizen of the US 24th March 1925; lived in Delaware from 10 March 1916 until her death; she lived in Arden, Delaware, an artists' colony for a few years.

Professional details

Additional qualifications

Member Society for State Registration of trained nurses 24 May 1902

Work experience

Charge Nurse Belvidere Fever Hospital Glasgow 1889-90; Night Superintendent Great Northern Hospital 1890-91; Sister Victoria Infirmary Glasgow 1892-95; Assistant Matron Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum 1895-1896; Army Nurse Colonial Nursing Association in the Sudan 1896-1905 with two periods of convalesence in the UK; Matron Miss Sisley's Nursing Home Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada 1905-1 March 1907; Matron of City Hospital Saskatoon 1 March 1907-15 May 1907 (resigned due to ill health); 1910 Assistant Medical Laboratory Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA; 1912 Infant Welfare nurse; (incomplete records).

Professional activities


Additional professional details

The nursing home which Beatrice started in Saskatoon became the first public hospital in western Canada; a comment about her from Belvidere Hospital in 1890 was 'not strong'. Her work at the Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum was recognized in 1896 by the Board, ' increase the salary of Miss Sisley, the first Assistant Matron, from 40 to 45 and to raise it by annual increments of 2 until it attains the maximum of 60; Beatrice Sisley is listed as a recipient of a Bronze badge, awarded by Princess Christian in a ceremony at Princess Hall 10 December 1891.


Register of Trained Nurses 1892 and Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives 1891 census Find My Past - - 1895 shipping records; US National Records 1795-1972, London Metropolitan Archives; St. Bartholomew's Hospital Book of Probationers, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Archive; Delaware death notices image number 259 via Family; The Story of Saskatoon by MA East in a telephone conversation; The Nursing Record & Hospital World 22 June 1895 page 437; 15 August 1896 page 126; Shirley Salkeld in Canada who is a member of the Sisley family and has researched Beatrice and her sister Laura for many years. Manifests of Passengers arriving in the St. Alban's VT District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports 1895-1954 Nara Publication M1464; The Twentieth Century magazine volume 6 1912; Cemetary Records Online

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