Matron Butler (Source: Graduate Nurses’ Association of the Parramatta District Hospital) 
In 1918, Rose Butler joined the staff of the Parramatta District Hospital as a probationer. Butler was the third daughter of William and Maria Butler, pioneer residents of Barmedman and Wyalong, N.S.W. Wyalong, being the place where she grew up and had a highly successful musical career after her family moved there during the outbreak of the Wyalong goldfield. She was described as being tall, fair, reserved and very conscientious person.
She was Theatre Sister for nine years and was a popular nurse along with Sisters Lilian Smairl and Eileen Corderoy. In August 1941, she became the second Parramatta Graduate to become Matron after the resignation of Matron Corderoy. A highly esteemed and respected matron, she devoted 26 years of her life to the Hospital.
Sadly, on her return trip from a holiday visit in Melbourne, Victoria, she collapsed and died on the Albury Railway Station on Monday night 7 May 1945. Her sudden death was a blow to all that knew her. During her funeral cortege to the Crematorium, a guard of honour was formed by about 70 sisters and nurses, doctors and members of the public lined the streets of Parramatta as a tribute to her.[4,5,6]
On 2 November 1946, a memorial electric clock was unveiled by Reverend Edward Walker of All Saints Church at the Nurses’ Home, Parramatta Hospital in memory of the late Matron Rose Butler.
Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta 2020
- Graduate Nurses’ Association of the Parramatta District Hospital. (1979). A history of nursing in Parramatta. Parramatta, N.S.W.: PDH Graduate Nurses’ Association, p. 65-66.
- The three graces.(1929, January 31). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104719116
- News of the week in picture. Among the blooms (1933, October 26). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 25. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107800882
- Butler. [Death notice] (1945, May 10). The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17935573
- Death of Matron Butler. (1945, May 21). The West Wyalong Advocate, p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185749420
- Obituary. Miss R. Butler. (1945, May 10). The West Wyalong Advocate, p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185749191
- Matron Rose Butler Memorial Unveiled at Nurses’ Home (1946, December 16). The West Wyalong Advocate, p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article185761940