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Military Resources: Hospitals and nurses

This State Library of South Australia guide to military related information includes medals, militia and Australian involvement in conflicts. The emphasis is on South Australian resources.

Background reading

These resources are only available for use onsite. However, if you are unable to come into the Library you can use our Ask Us service. The AskUs service enables you to submit questions to our librarians who will attempt to provide you with helpful information. The basic research service is free although there are charges for copying.

Staff Nurse Blanche Atkinson

Staff nurse Blanche Atkinson; eldest daughter of Mrs M. A. Atkinson and the late Mr F. J. Atkinson of Crafers; born at Crafers; served at the Adelaide Hospital and in Western Australia; went to England at the outbreak of war and joined the Royal British Nursing Association; on staff at the Brockenhurst Military Hospital when due to overwork became ill and was hospitalised. While in her hospital bed the King decorated her with the Royal Red Cross for her "devotion to service"; once well enough to travel she was invalided back to Adelaide.  From the effects of TB and physical and mental exhaustion she died 9 December 1916, Crafers; aged 38.

To find newspaper articles about this amazing South Australian go to our catalogue and in the subject option search under Atkinson, B.

Nurse Ridgeway

Nurse Doris Ridgeway; aged 26; daughter of Mr and Mrs Ridgeway of Cooke's Plains, South Australia died of influenza on the 7 January 1919 at the quarantine station, Woodman's Point, Western Australia.  She was buried will full military honours.  Along with eleven other nurses she volunteered to go into quarantine to care for returning soldiers with pneumonic influenza.  She made the supreme sacrifice.

More information about Nurse Ridgeway, her career and sacrifice can be found in The Advertiser, 9 January 1919, p.4

Cairo Hospital Patients, 1915

 

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Hospitals

There where many hospitals in South Australia, including ANZAC House at Glenelg and the Repatriation Hospital at Keswick that undertook the task of caring for the wounded and sick who returned from war.  Many communities and country towns raised funds and built hospitals, many of them with the words Memorial Hospital in their titles. 

The State Library has many photographs and publications pertaining to these hospitals including references to grand openings, staff and patients, functions, annual reports and as the years advance published histories of many of these institutions.

Below are a few of the resources available for use onsite. However, if you are unable to come into the Library you can use our Ask Us service. The AskUs service enables you to submit questions to our librarians who will attempt to provide you with helpful information. The basic research service is free although there are charges for copying.

Keswick Hospital, Adelaide, 1920

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Personal Accounts of Australian nurses

These resources are only available for use onsite. However, if you are unable to come into the Library you can use our Ask Us service. The AskUs service enables you to submit questions to our librarians who will attempt to provide you with helpful information. The basic research service is free although there are charges for copying.

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There is more material available at the Library than is listed here. You can search for additional items on the catalogue using the search box on this page, in the top right hand corner underneath the orange tabs.

Suggested subject headings are

  • Hospitals -- South Australia
  • Hospitals -- World War 1914-1918 -- Cairo
  • Australia. Army --nurses
  • Nurses
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care
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