Saturday 25 April is Anzac day and this year is the centenary of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War. Here at NZNO we’re remembering all those affected by war, whether at home or abroad and especially our nursing sisters who didn’t think twice about stepping up to do what had to be done.
We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. Their stories deserve to be told.
If you are interested in finding out a bit more about our herstory of nursing in wartime, check out the links below. There’s everything from a moving speech about women’s contribution in war, by a young Papanui high school student to information about the hospital ships our nurses worked on. We hope you enjoy the selection.
A website established to recognise the nurses of our military force, past and present.
The Maheno and Marama were the poster ships of New Zealand’s First World War effort. Until 1915 these steamers had carried passengers across the Tasman for the Union Steam Ship Company, but as casualties mounted at Gallipoli, the government pressed them into service as hospital ships.
Tending to the wounded on or near the battlefield was a huge job, and it was done under the most difficult conditions. New Zealand’s medical services were well organised and included surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and a fully equipped dental hospital.
Papanui High School student Katie Mills presenting her speech as a finalist in the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition.
The sinking of the transport ship Marquette in the Aegean Sea in late 1915 added to the grief of a nation still reeling from the heavy losses at Gallipoli. Among the fatalities were 32 New Zealanders, including 10 nurses – making 23 October the deadliest day in the history of this country’s military nursing.
TV3 takes a look at what happened through the eyes of a war nurse, Lottie Gallais.
Ettie Rout was a pioneering health educator who promoted safe sex for soldiers.
New Zealand Army nurses and medical officers pose in front of the carved gateway of the New Zealand Stationary Hospital at Wisques, France.
Evelyn Brooke (1879-1962) was matron on the hospital ship Maheno, which left New Zealand for Gallipoli in July 1915.
The official 100th Gallipoli website and facebook. There are some wonderful nursing photos on the facebook page.
Articles from this month’s Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand