Sister Agnes Betty Jeffrey, OAM

Date of birth  1908-05-14  Hobart, TAS. 
Other  1937  Began nursing training at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. 
Other  1939  Graduated from nursing training at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1941-04-09  Joined the Australian Army Nursing Service and posted to the the 2/10th Australian General Hospital stationed in Malacca, Malaya. 
Other  1942-01  The Hospital was evacuated to Singapore. 
Other  1942-02-12  Jeffrey and 65 other nurses, including Vivian Bullwinkel, boarded the SS Vyner Brooke to escape the Japanese invasion of Singapore. 
Date captured  1942-02-16  The SS Vyner Brooke was sunk by Japanese aircraft. The survivors made for nearby Banka Island, already under Japanese occupation. Jeffrey's group were taken prisoner and began life as captives. 
Date released  1945-08-08  Released from captivity at Pelambang prisoner of war camp. 
Date returned to Australia  1945-10-18  Jeffrey arrived home in Melbourne, VIC. She was hospitalised with tuberculosis after her first night at home. 
Date of discharge  1946-11-06  Discharged from the Australian Army Nursing Service. 
Other  1949  She and Vivian Bullwinkel began raising funds to establish a nurses' memorial centre in Melbourne. 
Other  1950  Jeffrey became the Nurses Memorial Centre's first administrator. 
Other  1986 - 2000  Patron of the Nurses Memorial Centre. 
Date of honour or award  1987-06-08  Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). 
Date of death  2000-09-20  Melbourne, VIC.