Sister (Millie McKittrick)

Accession Number ART28253
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 91.1 x 76.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Navy
Maker Hele, Ivor
Place made Egypt: Cairo
Date made September 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Conscious of the vital role played by the Australian Army Nursing Service during the war, Sir Thomas Blamey (knighted in 1935) requested Ivor Hele paint two portraits as a tribute. The first was of Matron Annie Moriah Sage, Matron-in-Chief, AIF, in the Middle East (ART22203), and the second was to represent nurses working in the field. The nurse selected was Sister Millie McKittrick, who had originated from Hele's home state of South Australia. A rising sun badge clasps the collar of the sister's uniform and she holds a tin helmet in one hand, symbols of her involvement in the war and service to her country. A member of Australian Army Nursing Service, she served with the AIF in the Middle East, Cairo, Egypt.