Matron Vivian Bullwinkel

Accession Number ART28389
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 91.4 x 71.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Fall Sing
Maker Bourne, Shirley
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1962
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Matron Vivian Bullwinkel a nursing sister who served with 8th Division, 2/13th Australian General Hospital. Bullwinkel was a survivor of the Banka Island massacre. Matron Bullwinkel is depicted wearing a her grey nurse's uniform, red cape and sisters veil. She is also wearing the Florence Nightingale Medal that she was awarded for her service in the AANS. This painting was a finalist in the 1962 Archibald Prize for portraiture. Portraits of Vivian Bullwinkel were also Archibald Prize finalists in 1955 (Graham Moore) and in 1960 (Reshid Bey).