A meeting was held on the afternoon of Saturday 25th October 1919 (inaugural meeting) at Mortimer Hall, Great Portland Street to establish a nursing Union - The Union for Trained Nurses.
Miss MaCallum moved a resolution that immediate steps be taken to form a professional union. Miss MacDonald seconded stating "never had there been a time of greater crisis for the nurses. thousands were out of employment because they could not secure a living wage"
The resolution to form a union was declared carried by a large majority
Report from the Times newspaper 27th October 1919
In her last few days she was nursed at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Euston (now UNISON headquarter) and died on the morning of 14th June 1926.
The British Journal of nursing November 1937 stated
"The Professional Union of Trained Nurses, the inner history of the opposition to, and defeat of, the movement broke her (MacCullun) heart. In this connection we may place on record the fact that owing to her intelligent advocacy the Labour party gave whole hearted support of the Nurses Registration Act 1919. It was the members of the Conservative Party, to their discredit who "talked out" our Bill after a thirty year struggle with reaction
Notes from various publications incl the British Journal of Nursing
by Michael Walker UNISON
Photo of MacCallum from The British Journal of Nursing July 1926
Read Sarah Claridge PUTN and NUCO posting on this site
Kate L Earp (was this Mrs Atherton Earp ? trained at Crumpsall Infirmary, Manchester, child welfare Paris, Educational organiser Infant Welfare Centre, Hampstead,)
Professional Union of Trained Nurses established on 25th October 1919 by 1920 with 268 members.