Mum’s The Word

Friday sort of crept up on me this week, a bit like Mother’s Day. I was looking around for something to write about (I’m a bad son, I forgot about Mother’s Day) and the boss suggested something about the cold weather kicking in. In true Jamie style, I leapt from “brrr” cold to flu colds, which then leads one to the doctors, which puts me in Cherry Street, Oakey which leads me to Helena Rhode (midwife). So in a round about way this was always going to be an article about mothers and Mother’s Day.

Image: 5 Cherry Street c1940 Source: Dpt. of Defence

Image: 5 Cherry Street c1940
Source: Dpt. of Defence

For 51 years, Nurse Helena Rhode worked in the nursing profession. The first 18 of them was spent practicing in bush centres where, in many cases, there was no doctor available. Mrs Rhode spent 33 years practicing in Oakey before retiring at the end of 1938. “Mrs Rhodes’ hospital”, as it was called by locals, was located at 5 Cherry Street where she practiced as a midwife for the community.
In 1985 Jeff and Gale Thomsett bought the building, which was refurbished to accommodate up to four practitioners, and transferred his practice to this building.

Image: Dr Thomsetts' Practice 1986 Source: Gayle Thomsett

Image: Dr Thomsetts’ Practice 1986
Source: Gayle Thomsett

In 1997 the building was sold for removal, moved out to Jondaryan behind the police station, and a new purpose-built surgery was constructed and is known as the Oakey Family Medical Centre.

Image: Oakey Medical Centre 1997 Source: Gayle Thomsett

Image: Oakey Medical Centre 1997
Source: Gayle Thomsett

And so that’s it for this week but before I leave you let me just say happy Mother’s Day for the 10th of May and happy International Nurses Day for the 12th of May, for without both we probably wouldn’t be here.

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