Edna Nell Doig as a member of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), the Royal Australian Army Nursing Service (RAANS) and the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC), 1939-1970, interviewed by Jan Bassett

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Accession Number S01813
Collection type Sound
Measurement 41 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; BASF LP 35; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; stereo; 5 inch
Maker Bassett, Jan
Doig, Edna Nell
Date made 8 October 1986
Access Open
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1960-1969
Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to AWM Special Project Fellowship Award
Description

Early life; commenced civilian nursing training in 1933; joined army in December 1939; attached to 2/2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) at Ingleburn NSW; left Australia 5 May 1940 on the SS Queen Mary bound for Britain; attached to British Hospital at Godalming, thirty miles outside London; left Britain in December 1940 for Middle East arrived Kantara on 1 January 1941; describes conditions at Kantara; description of wounds and illnesses; returned to Australia in 1942; 2/2 AGH sent to the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland; describes the hospital facilities and illness and injuries treated; after war in 1945 sent to Concord Repatriation Hospital in Sydney then sent to 2/14 AGH in Singapore to repatriate Australian prisoners of war (POW); describes condition of POWs; describes facilities and conditions of hospitals she served in during the war; conditions on ships; relationships between ranks; in March 1946 joined 130 Australian General Hospital attached to British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan; describes nursing duties in Japan; visited Hiroshima; returned to Australia in 1949 and left army to undertake midwifery course in Melbourne; rejoined the army in 1951 when the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) was formed; posted to the 1st Hospital at Yeronga in Brisbane as Matron; posted to Camp Hospital at Ingleburn NSW then in 1961 promoted to Matron in Chief at Army Headquarters in Melbourne; describes role of Matron in Chief; salary discrepancy between civilian and military nurses; problems of personnel shortages; visits to Vietnam; describes uniforms; restrictions and recreation; advances in medical treatment prompted by war; served on various nurses welfare organisations after retirment in 1970. END OF INTERVIEW
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