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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

Alice Ethel Imison display at Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum

Alice Ethel Imison display, Country Hospital Museum, Rockhampton

Guest blogger: Ashley Reid – Vice President, Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum. Earlier this year, the Country Hospital Museum at the Rockhampton Heritage Village received a collection from the descendants of Sister Alice Ethel Imison, who completed her three year nurse training at the Rockhampton General Hospital in January 1917, and enlisted in as a Staff Nurse in the … 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