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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Brisbane Hospital Exhibition honors medical staff role in WW1

A new exhibition has opened at Brisbane Hospital honoring the medical staff, including its nurses, who served in WW1. It tells the story of Matron Grace Wilson and other nurses who served. The exhibition includes memorabilia.
The ABC TV report states:
"A new World War I museum in Brisbane is paying tribute to the doctors, nurses and orderlies who served on the battlefront from 1914 to 1918. During that time more than 100 medical staff left their posts at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) to help tend to the sick and wounded.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove opened the Hospital Healers exhibition at the hospital's Nursing Museum, praising their vital role in the war. "I'd like to think that a desperately wounded World War I soldier committed to hospital would wake up to see tending to him an Australian nurse, would have felt that much closer to home, that much more comforted," he said.
The exhibition features diary extracts, letters and clothing of nurses like Dorothy Francis Webb, who was 26 years old when she enlisted on 20 July 1915.
Her grandson Stephen Maguire said the museum was a powerful reminder of what his grandmother endured.
"Must have been horrific," he said."She had three years on the western front and the only break seems to be, from her war record, when she got sick. She didn't talk much of what happened over there - what she would have seen would have made anyone ill."
Sister Webb was discharged from service in 1918 and awarded a Red Cross medallion. She is one of many nurses featured in the display.
The exhibition will run for the duration of the World War I centenary."

To watch the ABC report on the new exhibition, click here.
Thanks to Faye Threfall for alerting me to this new exhibition.
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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