ALLEGED FALSE DECLARATION. NURSE SENT TO TRIAL.
Emma Hiscock, a nurse who conducts a maternity’ home at Fosterville, 153 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, was proceeded against in the City Summons Court yesterday, on a charge that she, on 7th September, 1920, at South Brisbane, made to the Deputy Commissioner for Maternity . Allowances a statement which was false in a particular — namely, that one Augusta Harte gave birth to a child at Fosterville, on 6th September, 1920, whereas, in truth, she knew that to be not so.
Mr. R. Gore (Instructed by Messrs, Chambers, M’Nab, and M’Nab) prosecuted, and the defendant was represented by Mr. H. Stone (Messrs.- Stephens and Tozer). Evidence produced was to the effect that a young girl named Harriet Doherty gave birth to a child at the defendant’s maternity home on 4th September. On 6th. September, it was adopted by Mrs. Harte, of Cooper’s Plains, -who, it is alleged in conjunction with Nurse Hiscock, made a declaration that the child was hers. The maternity bonus was eventually paid to Mrs. Harte.
Defendant, who reserved her defence, was committed to the criminal sittings oi the District Court, to be held on Monday, 31st January. Bail, self in £50, and one surety in £50, was allowed..
A similar case against Mrs Augusta Harte was adjourned until next Monday.
From The Telegraph, Wednesday 12 January 1921, page 4.
Image: KEMH midwives and babies in 1921, ABC News 5 August 2016