Registers of Electors, 1930s

In the absence of census returns, the electoral registers for the 1930s enable us to identify staff living at the hospital or, later, at the nurses’ hostel.

The Representation of the People Act, passed in 1918, had allowed women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications to vote in Parliamentary elections. Ten years later, in 1928, the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act gave the vote to all women over the age of 21.

Note that some of the females may have been domestic staff rather than nurses. In each of the transcripts below the matron is indicated by an asterisk (*) which is not in the original. The male staff member was the house surgeon.

The following abbreviations are used in the electoral registers: R Residence qualification  O Occupation qualification  Rw Residence qualification (women)  Ow Occupation qualification (women).

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Register of Electors, 15 October 1930
Western Parliamentary Division of the County of Dorset
Dorchester (Central Ward)
(Dorset History Centre, reference QDE R West)
Page 24P
1339 Rw Ow Hill, Edith Sarah (Miss)* Dorset County Hospital
1340 Rw Damon, Elizabeth (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1341 Rw Davis, Lily (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1342 Rw Eccles, Violet Mary (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1343 Rw Gofen, Rose (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1344 R Hawkes, Harold Dorset County Hospital

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Register of Electors, 15 October 1931
Western Parliamentary Division of the County of Dorset
Dorchester (Central Ward)
(Dorset History Centre, reference QDE R West)
Page 24P
1331 Rw Ow Hill, Edith Sarah (Miss)* Dorset County Hospital
1332 Rw Carter, Daisy (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1333 Rw Coombes, Julia (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1334 Rw Evis, Lily (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1335 R Montgomery, James Dorset County Hospital

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Register of Electors, 15 October 1932
Western Parliamentary Division of the County of Dorset
Dorchester (Central Ward)
(Dorset History Centre, reference QDE R West)
Page 24P
1319 Rw Ow Bellamy, Edith (Miss)* Dorset County Hospital
1320 R Hope-Simpson, Robert Edgar Dorset County Hospital
1321 Rw Carter, Daisy (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1322 Rw Evis, Lily (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1323 Rw Love, Moira (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1324 RW Burt, Alice (Miss) Dorset County Hospital

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Register of Electors, 15 October 1936
Western Parliamentary Division of the County of Dorset
Dorchester (Central Ward)
(Dorset History Centre, reference QDE R West)
Page 23S
1249 R O Vaughan, Cyril Joseph Dorset County Hospital
1250 Rw Ow Benjafield, Mary (Miss)* Dorset County Hospital
1251 Rw Ow Griffiths, Mary (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
Page 24S
1252 Rw King, Olive (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1253 Rw Holland, Mary (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1254 Rw Madill, Susan (Miss) Dorset County Hospital
1255 Rw Conccunnin, Annie (Miss) Dorset County Hospital

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Register of Electors, 15 October 1939
Western Parliamentary Division of the County of Dorset
Dorchester (Central Ward)
(Dorset History Centre, reference QDE R West)
Page 22S – Princes Street
1187 Rw Ow Goodwin, Doris Mary (Miss)* County Hospital
1188 Rw Ow Griffiths, Mary (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1189 Rw Ow Hull, Elsie (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1190 Rw Ow Jenkins, Olive (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1191 Rw Ow Pindar, Enid (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1192 Rw Ow Say, Thelma (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1193 Rw Ow Saunders, Ena (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1194 Rw Ow Crabbe, Doris Mary (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
Page 23S – Princes Street
1195 Rw Ow Scriven, Alice (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1196 Rw Ow Kelsall, May (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1197 Rw Ow Thomas, Rebecca (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1198 Rw Ow Davies, Gwynneth Mary (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1199 Rw Ow Smith, Lilian (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1200 Rw Ow Hartly, Emily (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1201 Rw Ow Palmer, Pamela Jefferson (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1202 Rw Ow Collins, Uletta Jean (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1203 Rw Ow Lyons, Eileen Josephine (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1204 Rw Ow Nicol, Elizabeth (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
1205 Rw Ow Teek, Phyllis Maud (Miss) Nurses’ Hostel
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