Florence Elizabeth McMillan

By Maida Rana



21 January 1882

Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parents Divorced

Approx. 1891

(Sir) William McMillan, a merchant from Ireland, and his Victorian-born wife Ada Charlotte, née Graham were divorced.

William (father) married Helen Maria

29 August 1892

Elizabeth Studied Art in Paris

1899 - 1902

Elizabeth studied art in Paris, mainly at the Académie Julian

Visited the USA and Ireland - stayed in South Africa

1906 - 1907

She also visited the United States of America and Ireland, and stayed in South Africa

Began Training as Nurse - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney


Possibly prompted by her father's financial difficulties, she reacted against her years of 'relatively aimless activity' and began training as a nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Registered by Australasian Trained Nurses' Association

12 November 1913

Qualified as a Sister


Transferred to Aust. Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force

Approx. April 1915

She transferred to the Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force, in April 1915 and served with the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos during the Gallipoli Peninsula campaign.

Following Outbreak of WW1 - McMillan Served as Nurse

Approx. July 1915

Following the outbreak of World War I, McMillan was one of six nursing sisters who sailed in the hospital ship, Grantala, to support the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in German New Guinea

Arriving in England

October 1916

Worked at Australian Hospitals on the Western Front

1917 - 1918

End of World War 1

11 November 1918

Married Dudley Percy Davidson

8 November 1929

Dudley killed in Air Crash

31 December 1930

Dudley was killed on 31 December 1930 in an air crash at Maryborough

Elizabeth Dead

9 February 1943

She died of an aortic aneurysm on 9 February 1943 at her Woollahra apartment and was buried in Waverley cemetery