War Nurses Memorial Park Enhancement Plan

War Nurses Park Concept Plan Final












Update on project as at 27th May 2014:

The final design plan for the proposed enhancements to War Nurses Memorial Park has been received from Bundaberg Regional Council, and work is underway to source contractors and obtain costings.

Not all of the elements we wanted have been approved by Council, but the important aspects have been endorsed and incorporated into the concept plan.

Centenary of ANZAC walk links the new Australian Service Nurses Memorial Wall to the heritage listed War Nurses Memorial Pavilion and includes two formal gardens that will each contain a wall of memories.  The first plaque to be laid in one of these gardens will be an updated honour roll of Bundaberg region’s nurses who served overseas during WW1.

Seating has been added to the Southern side of the memorial pavilion, which should provide some shade as well as much need comfortable seating within the park.

The history storyboard area allows for 5 double sided storyboards to be erected to tell the story of service nursing.

It is hoped that a water fountain  will be installed, once Council has confirmed suitable water services.

We will be working closely with council to complete the major elements by 24th September 2014, in time for the dedication of the new memorial wall and the services to commemorate the Centenary of WW1 and the role of nurses.

Jenny Waldron





ANZAC service to get splash of colour

The ANZAC Service at War Nurses Memorial Park this year will ensure the heritage listed War Nurses Memorial Pavilion is shown in a more cheerful and uplifting manner, with a colourful display of potted plants from Bunnings.

The pot plants will be in place from the morning of 16th April and remain until just after our ANZAC Day service.

We thank Bunnings very much for their support, and I am sure the crowd who regularly attend our service will be delighted to see the results

Bundaberg to Mark Centenary of War Nurses

On 24th September 2014, the Bundaberg & District Ex Servicewomen’s Association will commemorate the centenary of the departure from Brisbane of the first four Queensland Australian Army Nursing Service Sisters who sailed on the HMATS Omrah bound for World War One, on September 24, 1914.

The nursing sisters were Sister Constance Mable Keys, Sister Bertha Mary Williams, Sister Eunice Muriel Harriett Paten and Sister Julia May Hart.

A special commemorative plaque will be unveiled and dedicated at the same time as a new memorial wall to all Australian Service Nurses. This memorial will be situated in the War Nurses Memorial Park and will enhance and expand the tribute paid to local nurses who are named within the nearby memorial pavilion.

Sister Keys, although not named in the pavilion, was born in the Bundaberg region at Mt Perry. Many nurses underwent training in Bundaberg and then went on to join one of the nursing services. This memorial allows for their inclusion at remembrance services that recognise the great contribution of selfless caring, provided by Australian Service Nurses.

Also marking the centenary commemoration will be a display of service nurses memorabilia.

For further information, or to loan suitable items for this display contact Secretary Leone Wilson on 07 4159 4134.

Bundaberg Ex Servicewomen would also enthusastically welcome donations

Rosemary Tribute

A wonderful article appeared in our month newsletter showing the link between our ‘Rosemary Tribute’ that we have incorporated into our annual ANZAC Day service at War Nurses Memorial and  Sister Pearl Mittelheuser, 2.1oth Australian General Hospital, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) who died of illness on 18 August 1945 in Sumatra.

Sister Mittelheuser is one of two Bundaberg WW2 nurses named on a plaque within the War Nurses Memorial Pavilion.

Rosemary Tribute Article


War Nurses Memorial Park Future Plans

A meeting was held with Bundaberg Regional Council on 4 February 2014 where President, Jennifer Waldron and Secretary, Leone Wilson discussed our ideas and vision for the beautification and future development of the War Nurses Memorial Park precinct.

The broad concept is to divide the park into two areas:

One being for commemorations, and would include the area covered by War Nurses Memorial Pavilion and the new Australian Service Nurses Memorial Wall.

Second area would be for developing a history of service nurses area, including some new gardens and improving the amenities available within the park.

As a result of these very positive discussions, the Council’s Parks and Planning Design Team will work on designing/developing a Master Plan for the park.

The draft master plan is expected to be ready mid year, and will guide any future development within the park to ensure the historic links with the War Nurses Memorial Pavilion are maintained and future amenities and projects remain focused on  honouring the service of Australian service nurses – our “War Nurses”.

Once the draft master plan has been completed, I can provide more information on the elements we hope to develop in the future.


Associated Organisations

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The Bundaberg & District Ex Servicewomen’s Association Inc is an associate member of the Council of Ex-Service Women’s Associations’ (Qld) [CESWA]. This Council meets in Brisbane and consists of an executive and delegates from ‘full member’ associations.

The Council provides a link for full and associate associations through sharing of news and information. The most recent listing of Council members provides the following:


Defence Service Nurses RSL Sub Branch

Ex-Servicewomen’s RSL Sub Branch

Kedron-Wavell Ex-Servicewomen’s Assn

Maroochydore Combined Ex-Servicewomen’s Assn

RAANC Association

Tweed Coolangatta & District Ex-Servicewomen’s Association

WRAAC Assn Qld Inc

WRAAF Branch RAAFA Qld Division

WRANS Sub Section of Naval Assn Aust


Hervey Bay Ex-Servicewomen’s Association Social Club

Redcliffe Ex-Service Women’s Club Inc

Townsville Ex-Servicewomen’s Club

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The Bundaberg & District Ex-Servicewomen’s Association Inc is a recognised Kindred Body of the Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch. A listing of fellow Kindred Bodies can be viewed on the Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch web page (refer links).