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Red Cross Society in Queensland

Australian Red Cross Society. Queensland Division. Red Cross magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1: December 1915.

The Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society began on 13 August 1914 at Government House, Melbourne, nine days after the outbreak of the First World War. The Queensland Division was inaugurated just a day later, at a meeting at the Town Hall, Brisbane. Presiding over the meeting was Lady Morgan, and the Mayoress of Brisbane, Mrs. Jenkinson. Queensland’s Governor His Excellency … Read more

Discovering Sister Greta Towner – Initial Articles

Description of Lt Towner VC and Nurse Towner in Blackall, 1919.  (Source: The Western Champion 26 July 1919)

Guest blogger: Avril Fazel, Head of Department, Blackall State School. Two newspaper articles along with her service record began the process of inquiry into the life of Sister Greta Norman Towner, a First World War nurse from Blackall in Central Western Queensland. Sister Greta Towner arrives home in Blackall with her brother, Lieutenant Edgar Towner VC MC … Read more

Effects of shell fire


On 23 March 1915, The Northern Miner (Charters Towers) reported the findings of renowned British physician and psychiatrist Dr. Frederick Mott, one of the pioneers of biochemistry noted for his work in neuropathology and endocrine glands in relation to mental disorder. During the First World War, Dr. Mott was consultant neurologist to the Fourth London General Hospital, King’s College, and to … Read more

Medical arrangements for Australian wounded in English hospitals


On this day in 1915, The Northern Miner published an article which reported the number of Australian wounded being treated in English hospitals. The Australian High Commissioner Mr Fisher was undertaking an investigation into Australian medical arrangements overseas, and was inspecting different facilities to assess the advantages and disadvantages of the system as a whole. … Read more

Volunteer nurses – helpful or dangerous?


This week in 1915, the Townsville Daily Bulletin published an interesting article outlining the controversy surrounding a strong resolution sent by the National Council of Trained Nurses to the War Office in London. The Council expressed its “unqualified disapproval of the present organisation of the nursing of the sick and wounded soldiers in military auxiliary hospitals at home and … Read more