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Central Queensland Nurses of the First World War digital story

Dr Vivian Voss and staff at the Womens Hospital Rockhampton Queensland ca. 1900-1910, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 30586-0001-0040

In 2014, the Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum in Central Queensland undertook research aimed to identify and honour the First World War contributions of local nurses who trained at local hospitals, had a Pre-war or Post-war link to the local area, and enlisted to serve their country. Limiting the geographical area to central Queensland allowed the research to focus on Rockhampton Hospital nurse training records, … Read more

Duty and Care: Queensland women of the First World War exhibition

Items in the Duty and Care exhibition, Treasures Wall, Level 4, State Library of Queensland

With limited opportunity for active service, how did women contribute during the tumultuous years of the First World War? State Library of Queensland’s new exhibition Duty and Care explores items from the First World War collections, preserved as powerful examples of women’s wartime involvement and experiences. Now on display in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall on Level 4 … Read more

The Diggers Friend

Sadie MacDonald, WW1

The Diggers’ Friend: Sadie [Sarah] Charlotte Macdonald (1875-1970) A member of the Australian Army Nursing Service during World War I, Sadie MacDonald MBE, ARRC, FNM, JP, was known affectionately by many Queensland returned soldiers as ‘The Diggers’ Friend’. She had a life-long association with the military and with the profession of nursing in Queensland. Guest … Read more

Staff Nurse Monica Margaret O’Callaghan

The Australian Army Nursing Service appointment record issued to Monica in 1917. This document is held at the Cairns Historical Society.

Guest blogger: Pauline O’Keeffe, Cairns Historical Society. Monica Margaret O’Callaghan, daughter of Callaghan O’Callaghan and his wife Margaret (nee Finlay) was born in Irvinebank, 2 December 1887. Monica completed her nursing training at the Cairns District Hospital, graduating on 2 August 1915 aged 27. By September 1917, Monica enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service … Read more