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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

Sister Greta Towner: sea transport nursing

Unidentified staff with patients in a ward at the No. 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital. Australian War Memorial D00569

Guest blogger: Avril Fazel, Head of Department, Blackall State School. After the December 1915 evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula by the allied forces, Greta Towner departed Lemnos Island on the 24 January 1916.  Greta’s war service record states: ‘embarked for Australia per Demosthenes ex Suez under instructions from D.M.S’. (Director of Medical Services) The ship, Demosthenes, was … Read more