|Object type||Black & white, Portrait|
|Physical description||Black & white, Portrait|
|Date made||c 1942|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Rabaul, New Britain. c. 1942. An informal portrait of two of the six Australian Army Nursing ...
Rabaul, New Britain. c. 1942. An informal portrait of two of the six Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) nurses, who were part of Lark Force, in the bush at the Camp Hospital. The two nurses are, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Daisy (Tootie) Keast and Lt Marjory J. (Jean) Anderson. These nurses had been sent to Rabaul in April 1941 and were at the Camp Hospital when the Japanese invaded in January 1942. The hospital had been evacuated to the Catholic Mission at Vunapope just prior to the invasion and the nurses, under Captain Kathleen (Kay) Isabell Alice Parker's leadership, were interned there where they remained, under appalling conditions, until July 1942. The six AANS staff became part of a group of women, consisting of seven civilian nurses from the Rabaul Government Hospital, four Methodist missionary nurses and a housewife. On 5 July 1942 the group were transferred on the Naruto Maru to Yokohama, Japan. Conditions as prisoners of war in Japan grew worse and in July 1944 they were moved from Yokohama to Totsuka where they remained until the war ended but were kept in ignorance. Their release came after flagging down an American jeep. Capt Parker and Lt Anderson were both awarded Red Cross awards for their "outstanding devotion to duty and disregard of personal danger".