Collection relating to the service of Martha May Priestley (nee Brooks) as a VAD

Accession Number P02789.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Randwick
Date made c 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A wounded soldier who is also suffering from influenza and two Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses M. M. (Brooksie) Brooks and Smithy outside the 'flu ward at the Randwick Military Hospital (No. 4 AGH, later known as the Prince of Wales Hospital). The VADs are wearing masks over most of their faces to protect themselves against the Spanish Influenza virus. The soldier is on crutches and has a heavily bandaged right foot.