Thursday 15 March 2012 by Robyn Siers. 3 comments.
News, Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan Perditta McCarthy, McCarthy, Ditta, army nurse

Born in 1916, Perditta Marjorie McCarthy’s life spanned almost a century. “Ditta” McCarthy, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, died peacefully in her sleep last weekend on 10 March after a long battle with failing health. She was 96. The Royal Australian Army Nursing Service has lost its highest ranking officer.

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Monday 4 July 2011 by Penny Hyde. 3 comments.
News, Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan

While searching through the Memorial’s Research Centre collection looking for stories relating to the upcoming exhibition on nurses I came across the collection of Sister Beryl Maddock (nee Chandler), containing a typed memoir, newspaper clippings, letters and a scattering of photographs. Beryl’s story stood out to me as she was one of a small number of nurses selected to join the RAAF's newly formed Medical Air Evacuation Transport Unit in 1944.

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Tuesday 19 April 2011 by Robyn Siers. 2 comments.
Exhibitions, Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan

Question: What’s the definition of “tough”?

Answer: Australian service nurses

In early April 1941, the nurses and physiotherapists of 2/5th and 2/6th Australian General Hospitals (AGH), were transported to Greece with the men of the 6th Division. They were moved around frequently, often at short notice, as the Germans advanced down the Greek peninsula. Hospital supplies and food were in short supply, and many of the incoming wounded were suffering from frostbite.

Sister Nalder wrote of a new group of patients on 17 April;

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