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Rose Pym

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Type of person Individual


Principal occupation nurse


Place of decease Mallala South Australia

Rose Pym (nee Crighton) lived at Dulce Doman 12 Elizabeth Street, Mallala South Australia.  She was married to Silas Pym who managed the Brick Works on the River Light near Redbanks. Rose and Silas were married on 19th May 1897 in the Bible Christian Church Balaklava.
Mrs Pym raised a family including Alec Pym who as an adult owned the Jubilee General Store in Mallala for many years.

As a mid-wife Mrs Rose Pym provided an important service for women giving birth. Her home at Elizabeth street was referred to in a variety of ways in the birth notices of the newspapers - Dulce Doman, a Private Hospital and a Nursing Home. At this period of time there was no hospital in Mallala and Mrs Rose Pym and  the doctors, who were in practice in Mallala, worked together to provide care for a mother and baby. In a time of limited transport it was of great comfort to women expecting their babies to know that they could spend a few days at Mrs Pym's establishment either prior or following the birth as required.

In 1939 a death notice in The Advertiser informs readers"PYM.- On the 2nd May, at his late residence, Mallala, Silas, beloved husband of Rose Eliza Ann, and loving father of Bert,Dorrie, Gordon, Bruce, Alex and Laura. In his 67th year."

After this date there is uncertainty if Rose continued as a mid-wife.

One birth was recorded in the paper as follows:

PITT - On Christmas morning 1926 at Dulce Doman, Mallala S.A. to Mr & Mrs E.P. Pitt a daughter.  Dr. Bond, Mrs Rose Pym and Sister Ayres were in attendance.


Mrs Rose Pym
Mrs Rose Pym
Mrs Silas Pym with her family
Mrs Silas Pym with her family


Memories of Rose Pym

In the Advertiser Thursday 15th June 1939 under the column RETURN THANKS it reads "Mrs S. Pym and family, of Mallala wish to sincerely thank all kind relatives and friends for letters, telegrams,cards, beautiful floral tributes and expressions of sympathy in the recent sad loss of their dear husband and father. Special thanks to Dr.Boucaut and Sister Joyce. Will all please accept this as a personal expression of gratitude?"

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