Studio portrait of Staff Nurse Christine Erica Strom, Australian Army Nursing Service, of Rydalmere, NSW. P04397.001
Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan was on display at the Memorial from 2 December 2011 until 17 October 2012. Australian nurses have been going to war for well over 100 years, but their important contribution to Australia’s overseas military operations often goes unreported.
The exhibition explores the involvement of nurses from the first known Australian in the Zulu War of 1879, right up to the experiences of the male and female nurses serving in recent conflicts and peace keeping operations.
Using the Memorial’s rich collection, the exhibition will highlight the personal stories of Army, Air Force and Navy nurses who have served overseas; their difficulties and challenges, along with their determination to care for the sick and wounded come what may.
- Beryl Maddock ‘Flying Sister’ 4 July 2011 by Penny Hyde
- Four weeks, two hospitals and one hair-raising adventure! 19 April 2011 by Robyn Siers
- Perditta McCarthy: A remarkable lady, with an indomitable spirit and a wonderful sense of humour 15 March 2012 by Robyn Siers