• Perditta McCarthy: A remarkable lady, with an indomitable spirit and a wonderful sense of humour

    Thursday 15 March 2012 by Robyn Siers. 3 comments

    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. McCarthy trained at the Sydney Hospital, graduating in 1939. She served with the Second AIF as a member of the Australian Army Nursing…

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  • Beryl Maddock 'Flying Sister'

    Monday 4 July 2011 by Penny Hyde. 3 comments

    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…

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  • Four weeks, two hospitals and one hair-raising adventure!

    Tuesday 19 April 2011 by Robyn Siers. 2 comments

    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 …

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