Childs, Thelma Minnie (Matron, b.1914 - d.2003)

Accession Number AWM2016.391.8
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 wallets: 4 cm
Object type Document, Letter, Certificate, Serial, Manuscript
Maker Various
Date made 1943-2015
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of Matron Thelma Minnie Childs (nee Moxham), Australia, America, Canada, United Kingdom and New Guinea. Collection consists of letters, certificates, newspaper clippings, a manuscript titled 'Flying Nurses: The Nursing Career of Thelma Moxham' and a book titled 'Into the Valley' by John Hersey. The collection highlights Childs' nursing career both before and during the war, and details the circumstances of her being awarded the Royal Red Cross medal. Many of the letters in the collection are congratulatory correspondence on this honour. There is also one letter terminating her appointment in the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service on grounds of her marriage in 1945. The book was given to Thelma by its author, John Hersey, and features notes made by Thelma during her travels, including signatures of people she travelled with.

History / Summary

1 x Book, Into the Valley, John Hersey.
RAAFNS Statement of Service
Statement of decorations and war medals,
Royal Red Cross citation
Newspaper cuttings concerning award and one concerning crash landing in plane near Kwapomata Point, New Giunea
Termination letter from RAAF and best wishes letter from Air Commodore
Hand written personal letter from Muriel Doherty and Margaret Lang congratulating Thelma on her award.
Congratulations letter from Chief of Air Staff and original Commonwealth Gazette announcing award of RRC