Archives and Heritage: Looking back on the Caring Hands of Mercy
Camillus Jackson RSM was born Helen Annette Jackson in Leederville and spent all her life in Western Australia. She entered the Sisters of Mercy, West Perth in 1940. Her early career was teaching piano and singing but in 1969 at the age of 47 she began her journey towards a nursing profession with courses with St John’s Ambulance.
In 1971 she interviewed for General Nursing Training at Royal Perth Hospital and her nursing ministry began. Her reports state that she “Works well – Very kind person” and had “Good knowledge of medical nursing”.
In 1974 she graduated as a registered nurse having received prizes in her studies. She was appointed as Care Manager at Mercyville Aged Care Facility which she helped plan and set up. In 1984 Sister Camillus was transferred to Villa Maria, a larger facility where she wore the nursing uniform she made herself.
Her kindness to others is demonstrated in this excerpt from a thank you letter we have in our archives: “You have done so much for the Villa and for me and my mother and for that you will be in my hopes and my heart. You gave me not only my first job but also the foundation for success. ..Thank you …for every heart you have warmed, you are truly a Sister of Mercy.”
The archives and heritage still hold many hand crafts of embroidery and crochet and the uniform that Sr Camillus made to wear during her duties caring for others. This uniform is available to view online at the Australian Dress Register of the Power House Museum, see the uniform and read more about Sr Camillus at this link: https://australiandressregister.org/garment/486/
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