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

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