Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
University Fellow Janie Mason AM is keeping the Anzac nurses’ story alive
University Fellow Janie Mason AM is keeping the Anzac nurses’ story alive

Keeping Anzac nurses’ story alive

University Fellow Janie Mason AM is set to give history buffs a new take on the history of Anzac nurses with her latest book.

“Connecting Darwin and the Eastern Front – Anzac Nursing Stories” describes Ms Mason’s personal story a century after the Great War from 2014 to 2018. It was published by the Historical Society NT and launched as part of International Nurses Day celebrations at Parliament House.

Ms Mason said the book was about her journey 100 years on from World War I, which took her from the Adelaide River War Cemetery to Thessaloniki and Lemnos in Greece.

“In 2015 and 2018, I travelled with groups in the footsteps of WWI nurses to commemorate the centenary of Armistice in the Mediterranean,” she said.

“This book details how CDU’s Nursing Museum makes the connection between Salonika Street in Darwin and Adelaide River War Cemetery to Anzac Street in Portianou on Lemnos Island in Greece and the Eastern Front outside Thessaloniki.”

Ms Mason, who volunteers as CDU’s Nursing Museum Curator, said it was a way to ensure the Anzac nurses’ story was kept alive and remembered.

“Our Museum is about connecting artefacts and stories and telling the social history of nursing in Northern and Central Australia,” she said.

“This book tells how the Museum celebrates and remembers nurses who served and was a collaborative work with Museum volunteers. Our Museum is pivotal to enshrining local nursing stories.”

For more information T: 8946 6385 or E: Janie.Mason@cdu.edu.au