Archifdy Ceredigion Archives
ADX/1431: Documents relating to Dinah Davies, Cardigan

Acc. 3289

Ref: ADX/1431

Reference: [GB0212] ADX/1431
Date(s): 1925-1995
Level: Fonds
Extent: 9 files
Scope and Content:

Documents and photographs concerning Dinah Margaret Davies, ‘Nurse Davies’ (1906-1995). Daughter of the gasworks manager at Hirwaun, Glamorgan, the family eventually moving to William Street, Cardigan. Dinah took the Health Visitors Course at the National Health Society whilst working as a student at the Barley Mow Baby Centre, Lambeth. She trained as a nurse at the Essex County Hospital, 1925-1928, and continued at that hospital up to March 1929. She then worked at the Priory Hospital, Cardigan, before becoming a district midwife. Dinah was appointed a member of the Cardigan Borough Magistrates Bench in 1960, retiring to the supplemental list in 1974. She died on 5 June 1995.

Nursing certificate from Essex County Hospital, Colchester.
5 August 1928

Three references, from: the Midwife at Essex County Hospital (22 December 1931); the Medical Officer of the Priory Hospital, Cardigan (30 January 1932); the Superintendent of the Barley Mow Baby Centre, Oakley St., Lambeth (30 December 1931). Originals with two additional copies of each.

Two Civil Defence public information leaflets.
July 1939
1. No. 2. Your Gas Mask. How to keep it and how to use it. Masking your Windows.
2. No. 3. Evacuation. Why and How?

Two addresses.
1. Fragment of address chronicling Dinah’s career as a District Midwife and health visitor, and promoting the benefits of the Welfare State.
2. Welsh language address entitled ‘Mr S. Roberts and dear friends’. This again chronicles Dinah’s nursing career, giving humorous anecdotes. Five leaves.

Two letters from John Hext Lewes, Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire.
1. Letter congratulating Miss Davies on her appointment to the Cardigan Borough Magistrates Bench and advising her on how to conduct herself in this role.
6 February 1960
2. Letter on the occasion of Dinah’s retirement from the bench.
12 August 1976

Cancelled passport belonging to Miss D.M. Davies. Issued 2 June 1960, expiry date 2 June 1965. Contains visa stamps for Luxembourg, West Germany and Belgium (July-August 1960), and an exchange stamp for £40-1-5 from 21 June the same year.

Newspaper cuttings, obituaries, order of service and similar.
1. Cutting from the Western Telegraph with photograph of group at presentation on the occasion of the retirement of Graham Partridge, chair of the Cardigan bench. Includes Miss Davies, identified in the caption as ‘Nurse Dinah Davies’.
3 April 1980
2. Cutting with English and Welsh language notices of the death of Dinah Margaret Davies (Nurse Dinah).
3. Cutting with notice of the death of Dinah Margaret Davies, ‘affectionately known as Nurse Dinah’.
4. Printed sheet giving particulars of Dinah Margaret Davies (1906-1994).
5. Welsh language order of service for funeral of Dinah Margaret Davies (Nyrs Dinah), to be held at Capel Mair, Cardigan, 12 June 1995.
6. Photocopy of Welsh language obituary printed in ‘Family Matters’.

Welsh language handwritten document concerning Dinah J.P. S.R.N. S.C.M.

1. Black and white snapshot of children with medical staff on veranda. In ink on reverse: 1. Children Ward/ E.C.H./ 1925; 2. Nurse Dinah Davies/Essex Community Hospital/Back row 1st on right.
2. Black and white group portrait, stamp on reverse of Pickford & Sons, Photographers, Aberystwyth. Also on reverse in ink: 1. Cardiganshire Nursing Sis; 2. Auntie Mali/Auntie Dinah/Morgan Dafis/ Pont Llanio/rH side Sally Morris Rhydyfelin/Back Row: Nurse Llanbadarn; 3. Nurse Dinah Davies 3rd row from front 6th from the left.
3. Colour snapshot, subjects identified on reverse as Rosemary, Dinah, Morfydd and Griff.
4. Enlarged colour print. In ink on reverse: 1. Regent Street Lights London Dec 1985; 2. Nurse Dinah Davies 1st on left.
5. Colour snapshot. In ink on reverse, ‘Dinah Davies 80th birthday 1986’.
6. Colour photocopied sheet reproducing seven photographs identified as follows on reverse: Dinah in Bournemouth 1920’s; Sarah Ellen Davies (mother), Dinah Davies (daughter); Griff Davies (brother), Sal (cousin), Dai (brother), on the day of their grandad’s (sic.) funeral 1930(?); Dinah with friend, camping in Mwnt nr. Cardigan 1920’s; 80th birthday; Dinah Davies; Dinah Davies in Hirwaun. Then went to Haverfordwest & then to Cardigan.

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