WE SALUTE THE NURSES
This ANZAC Day The Hoopla is proud to highlight the extraordinary sacrifices of our nursing women who continue to care for the sick and wounded in the theatre of war.
Australian nurses have been going to war for more than 100 years, but their important contribution to Australia’s overseas military operations often goes unreported.
A stunning and emotionally charged exhibition – Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan – is now on show at the Australian War Museum in Canberra (until October 12 this year).
Group portrait of the matron and nursing staff of the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital. Suez Canal. February 1916
The exhibition explores the involvement of nurses in the Zulu War of 1879, right up to the experiences of the male and female nurses serving in recent conflicts and peace-keeping operations.
Using the museum’s rich collection, the exhibition highlights the personal stories of Army, Air Force and Navy nurses who have served overseas; their difficulties and challenges, along with their determination to care for the sick and wounded, come what may.
We thank the Australian War Museum for the opportunity to share these words and images from the exhibit.
The Boer War, Great War, Second World War, Cold War and Military Nursing Today are all documented.
For a glimpse of the riches on display, read on…
*Home page photograph: Madang, New Guinea. c. 1945. Group portrait of nurses, left to right: Sisters Witcombe, NcNamara, Furey, Senior sister Doherty, Sisters Scholes, Rodda, Fewkes, in their tropical uniforms at no. 1 medical receiving station RAAF.
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