Registers of cases and photographs of Nurse M. Goodbun

Scope and Content

This collection comprises five registers of cases, compiled by Nurse Goodbun (October 1942-4 January 1958), recording the births that she attended during her time working as a midwife in Dagenham Village, as well as the surrounding area of Rainham Road and the Rylands Estate (October 1942-4 January 1958), including details of the name, age, address and pregnancy history of each patient, as well as the date and hour of her arrival at the birth, the presentation of the child on birth, the date and hour of the actual birth, the sex of the child, whether the child was born living or dead, the name of the doctor if called, any complications during or after the birth, the date of her last visit, the condition of the mother and child on her last visit, as well as further remarks. Also together with photographs, relating to her career as a midwife, as well as her service as a nurse for the ARP during the Second World War (circa. 1939-1960).

Administrative / Biographical History

Nurse M. Goodbun (fl. 1930-1960) was born in Stepney. She later moved to Manning Road on the Becontree Estate, Dagenham. During the Second World War, she served as a nurse at a clinic run by the ARP on Ford Road. After the war she left the area to train as a midwife. When she had finished her training she was employed by the Borough of Dagenham, until the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948. Nurse Goodbun was the first midwife in the borough to have a car purchased to enable her to carry out her work in Dagenham Village, Rainham Road and the Rylands Estate. At this time she was living on Western Avenue.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre in February 2003.


Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist.

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Custodial History

This collection was previously held by Valence House Museum.

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