Nursing sister

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number ART27562
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 39.5 x 105.0 x 22.8 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description bronze
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 3: Aust 43-44
Maker Ewers, Ray
F J Lemon, Frankston, Victoria
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1965
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

A nursing sister crouched at the head of a soldier laid out on a stretcher, with her hands on the man's head. Commissioned some time after the war, this work was a belated recognition of the important role women played during the war, particularly the nursing service. The model for the nursing sister was Ethel Ferris from Armidale, Sydney. She was stationed in Port Moresby with the 2/1st Australian General Hospital, at the same time as the artist.

Ewers enlisted in the AIF as a sapper in 1941. On recommendation from Leslie Bowles, he was transferred to the Military History Section in 1943 and appointed an official war artist with the rank of lieutenant.

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