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White, Doris Fletcher (1890–1926)

The respect and esteem fell for the late Miss [Doris] White is attributable to one character and likeable personality, as well as her attitude to the less fortunate beings. Born at 'Saumarez' 35 years ago, she was educated at The New England Girls' School, and on leaving school took up duty, as a probationary nurse at the Armidale and New England Hospital. Her training successfully completed, she was admitted to membership of the Australian Trained Nurses Association, and carried on for some time as Sister at the Hospital Patients and staff alike found her to be an ideal nurse, with that quick sympathy so soothing to those on beds or sickness. She took her place with other members of the staff and never sought favors on account of her position. During the War she was an arduous worker for the men at the front and their wives and mothers at home. Many and many a needy person received a welcome surprise—thanks to the generosity of the last Miss White and others at 'Saumarez.' During the pneumonic influenza epidemic of 1919, she was an inspiration to many, and for days and weeks gave her skill and help voluntarily to the stricken. At times when the staff at the Hospital were depleted, the committee knew that Miss White would be available to help them over the difficult:

In the sporting world, Miss White was regarded as one of the best. Her interest was mainly in tennis, where she made a name. In 1912-13 and 1922-2, she was a member of the Armidale City Tennis Club teams which proved the champion country teams of the State, and brought back to Armidale the coveted Dunlop Cup. Her sister (Elsie) was also a member of both teams. The late Miss White was a strong supporter of the Armidale Tennis Club, and was elected a life member as a recognition of her invaluable services and generosity to the club. Her memory will ever be green among those who knew her on the courts. The Club sent a beautiful wreath.

Sincere sympathy is felt by the community for the bereaved parents and the late Miss White's four sisters—Mesdames G. Black (Orange) and Cullen (Sydney), Misses Mary and Elsie White—and two brothers—Colonel H. F. While ("Bald Blair") and Mr. F. F. While ("Fairleigh").

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. A service held in St. Peter's Cathedral and attended by a vast throng, was most impressive. Those in the sanctuary were Archdeacons Johnstone and Forster, Revs. S. C. Wiseman, St. John, and Downward. The reading was given by Archdeacon Johnstone, and the prayers by Archdeacon Forster. The hymns 'Rock of Ages' and 'Peace, Perfect Peace,' favorites of the deceased, were sung. At the conclusion, the Cathedral organist (Mr. A. W. Denniss) most feelingly played the Funeral March. The handsome casket, covered in exquisite floral tributes, was then carried from the church by Colonel H. F. While, F. F. White, G, Black, L. P. Dutton, and R. D. Morgan. The funeral cortege was one of the lengthiest seen in Armidale.

Out of respect to the memory of the deceased and the White family, business places closed for the funeral, and flags were at half-mast at many points of the city. Friends of the family came from all over New England. Residents from as far as Kookabookra, Muswellbrook, Glen Innes, and other distant parts, were observed among those in the cortege, while practically every professional and commercial man in the city was present. A feature of the cortege was the large number of ladies who took part in the funeral procession.

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'White, Doris Fletcher (1890–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/white-doris-fletcher-22486/text32185, accessed 25 November 2017.

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