Margaret Mary Cullen Jones
- Born: 28 May 1880, Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia
- Marriage (1): Thomas Rust on 17 Feb 1926 in Presbyterian Church, Hawthorn, , Victoria, Australia
- Died: 1 Feb 1972, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia at age 91
- BuriedFem: Cremated, Fawkner Crematorium, Victoria, Australia
Cause of her death was Bronchopneumonia - 1 week, Gangrene right foot - 3 weeks, Cerebral vacular accident - 5 months.
Another name for Margaret was Auntie Pops.
"Many interesting reminisces have been given to the Harrietville Historical Society by Mrs. M Rust, whose grandfather, George Jones, arrived from Scotland in1858. He met John A. Wallace, who was at the Ship recruiting men for work on the "Shamrock". Mr. Jones came to Harrietville, but it was not until 1863 that his wife and family of five followed. They arrived in 1863 by sailing boat and then came by bullock wagon to Beechworth. Money was getting low, so Mrs Jones walked with her family to Myrtleford, and Mr Wallace sent a dray to pick them up and take them up to Harrietville.
Mr Jones later opened a Grocer's shop, and later again his son, Jim, started a boot repair shop. One son, George, was the Councillor representing Harrietville on the Bright Council for many years. On his death, his son Jim, then the local Postmaster, became Councillor.....Jim Jones took the supplies into Bousted's (St. Bernard). This cartage of supplies was later carried in by Frank Wraith....William Jones had been appointed to receive opium and three of the Chinese were allowed to buy. They arrived when the opium was due, signed for it, and paid 1 pnd 1 shilling for a box containing about as much opium as would fill two match boxes."
Source: Harrietville 115 Years of Continuous Gold Seeking, Edith Ellen Hoy, late 1960's
Margaret was commonly known as "Auntie Pops". She was a Nurse, undertaking her training at the Wangaratta District Hospital and graduating in 1903. In the years preceding and during WW1, she operated her own hospital in The Esplanade, Seymour which was called the Cadzow Hospital. She kept a record of all the babies she delivered there which numbered 81 over 3 and-a-half years.
Later, Pops nursed at the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hopsital along with her sister "Cully" Jones and their friend Florence Howman from Harrietville. Pops also regularly relieved at several country hospitals, including at Walhalla where she apparently used to call out the meat order from the verandah of the very elevated hospital to the Butcher down below. She was also a District Nurse in Melbourne, mostly around the Collingwood and Fitzroy areas.
Auntie Pops married Tom Rust at the age of 46. They had waited until after his mother passed away to get married as Tom was her carer. He was the Secretary of ANA (Australian natives Association). Tom was to pass away just eight years after their marriage and they had no children. She returned to her vocation of nursing after Tom's death.
She and her widowed sister, "Auntie Bet" moved in to the same house at 33 Bell St, Hawthorn and were much loved by their large family of nieces and nephews and their children too. For many these ladies were their defacto Grandparents and many of these children have vivid and fond memories of time spent at 33 Bell St with these grand old ladies.
Sue Cardwell, also a Nurse, remembers Auntie Pops as a wonderful mentor, taking a close interest in her own career and offering valuable support and guidance from her own extensive nursing history over many years.
An absolutely one-eyed Hawthorn supporter, Pops was also an avid radio quiz participant who regularly won these contests when she was well into her 80's. She also took great amusement in inviting door-knocking religious advocates into her home and completely confounding them with her extensive knowledge of the Scriptures.
Auntie Pops passed away in a nursing home in Hawthorn in 1972.
The Informant on her death certificate was her sister, Elizabeth Martin.
Noted events in her life were:
• She worked as a Nurse at the time of her father's death on 27 Oct 1917 in Seymour, Victoria, Australia.
• She worked as a Sister at the Hospital in Walhalla, , Victoria, Australia.
• She resided at the time of her marriage on 17 Feb 1926 in 452 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, , Victoria, Australia.
• She resided at the time of her sister, Agnes' Death on 4 Sep 1936 in 33 Bell St, Hawthorn, , Victoria, Australia.
• She resided at at the time of her death on 1 Feb 1972 in 33 Bell St, Hawthorn, , Victoria, Australia.
Margaret married Thomas Rust, son of Charles August Ferdinand Rust and Jane McMeakin, on 17 Feb 1926 in Presbyterian Church, Hawthorn, , Victoria, Australia. (Thomas Rust was born on 5 Jan 1867 in Break O'Day nr, Rokewood, Victoria, Australia and died on 27 Oct 1934 in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.)
Witnesses were E.C Tobias, the bride's sister, and John Cam.