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Watkins, Mary Hirst


Registration number1037
First name(s)Mary Hirst

The Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa

Date of registration2 May 1890

Guy's Hospital 1882; Certificate, Kimberley Hospital 1884-90



Personal details

Date of death1905
Place of deathSouth Africa
Additional personal details

Sister Mary Hirst Watkins was re-interred alongside Sister Henrietta Stockdale in the grounds of St. Cyprian's Cathedral, Kimberley, South Africa.

Professional details

Additional training

Qualified in nursing and midwifery under Sister Henrietta Stockdale (Sister Henrietta was the founder of professional nursing in South Africa . She pioneered the training of nurses at the Carnarvon Hospital. She was later influential in securing the first State Registration of nurses in the world in 1891).

Additional qualifications

Obstetrical Nursing

Work experience

Guy's Hospital, London - 1882; Kimberley Hospital, South Africa - 1884-90; Cape Colony, South Africa - 1892

Additional professional details

Sister Mary Hirst Watkins is acknowledged as the founder of modern midwifery training in South Africa. She established a School for Midwives in Kimberley in 1893 and was offered an appointment in England but died on the day the letter arrived in 1905.


Register of Nurses (RBNA 4/1) - Royal British Nurses' Association Records, King's College London Archives RCN Nursing Journal Vol.3 (Index) Obstetric Nursing; Standard Encyclopedia of South Africa - Wikipedia; Mothers, Midwifery, Births and Babies/Ancestry24.

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