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.


Australian Service Nurses Memorial Wall Project

The Bundaberg & District Ex Servicewomen’s Association has commissioned the building of a new memorial wall to honour Australian service nurses from 1899 to the present day and will allow the laying of wreaths at the annual ANZAC Day service and other commemorative events.

The new wall will be a wonderful addition to the much loved War Nurses Park at Bundaberg, home to the heritage listed War Nurses Memorial Pavilion, that honours WW1 and WW2 nurses named on a commemorative plaque within the pavilion.

A drawing of the wall and our logo for the 24 September 2014 dedication will be available soon.

Fundraising is ongoing and as at 29 January 2014, we still need to raise a further $7, 000 to ensure the memorial wall project is completed to the highest standard.

Anyone wanting to support this important project, please contact the Secretary, Leone Wilson or myself, Jennifer Waldron – President. Check the contact page for email and phone details, or use the email reply form.