|Nurse Violet Duddy, photographed with other 3rd AGH nurses in Abbeville France, 23 June 1918. AM E02578|
All of our members and supporters who are able are urged to attend the unveiling of the Nurse Violet Duddy Memorial Plaque by the the Queenscliff Historical Museum, President and Committee of Management.
The event will take place on Monday 16th March, 2015 at 11:15am at Queenscliff Cemetery, 159 Point Lonsdale Rd, Point Lonsdale.
Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served at the Queenscliff Historical Museum 49 Hesse St Queenscliff (next door to the Post Office) where the Nurse Violet Duddy Exhibition will be on display.
Please RSVP by Tuesday 10th March, 2015 to Queenscliff Historical Museum via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or post to P.O. Box 135 Queenscliff, Victoria 3225.
All enquiries to Queenscliff Historical Museum on 5258 2511
For directions to the unveiling see this map:
Nurse Violet Duddy - A Lemnos Nurse
Violet was a New Zealand-born Australian Army Nursing Service nurse in WW1 - having been born in Hastings in 1886. She was 29 years old when she enlisted on 22 July 1915 and had completed her nursing training at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital.
She served with Matron grace Wilson's 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos from August. She would have witnessed the vicissitudes of the nurses as they battled to provide nursing care to the sick an wounded of Gallipoli under the trying conditions in the Island's Allied medical services.
Along with the rest of the Australian nurses on Lemnos, Violet returned to Egypt in January 1916 and went on to serve in France, with the 3rd AGH.
She was promoted to Sister in 1918 and was Mentioned in Despatches "deserving special mention" in 16th March 1919.
She returned to Australia after the war. She died in 1961.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee