Will Bequest Challenged
Katie Walsh, one of Numurkah’s pioneer women, lived just out of the township, on her own after the death of her sister. She could not read or write, signing her name only with an X. She was nursed for 12 months at the Numurkah Hospital, where she died in 1957,aged 75.
She had initially left the bulk of her Estate to the Hospital, but had recently changed her Will leaving her estate to Church charities instead. As the document was not witnessed correctly the will was declared invalid by Probate officials for want of due execution.
The Numurkah Hospital therefore received the £8,200 legacy and together with a Government grant built the Catherine Walsh Wing, doubling the size of the Hospital.
Nurses Blamed For Small Boy’s Death
The article below gives the Medias interpretation only of the details of a small boy dying after a tonsillectomy at Numurkah Hospital. The Coroner blamed the two nurses, but as we only get limited information from the article we do not know if they were dismissed, deregistered or if they left Numurkah. Many unanswered questions remain when the public only gets the one interpretation of the incident, such as why did the Doctor and Anaesthetist not take any responsibility as they were further up the hierarchy than nurses? Perhaps two female nurses were an easier target for the Coroner than the two influential professional men? Or was the complication of surgery purely a freak accident? Did the Numurkah community support the nurses or the Doctor and Anaesthetist? The full details and answers shall probably never be known.