Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Provost Professor Sue Carthew, Janie Mason and Libbie Webb pay their respects at Darwin Cenotaph during the Bombing of Darwin memorial service. Photo courtesy NT Government
CDU Provost Professor Sue Carthew, Janie Mason and Libbie Webb pay their respects at Darwin Cenotaph during the Bombing of Darwin memorial service. Photo courtesy NT Government

Nurses honoured at Cenotaph service

Charles Darwin University staff have paid homage to military personnel and civilians who were serving on Australia’s front line in 1942, at the Bombing of Darwin anniversary last month.

Nursing Museum curator Janie Mason said that each year Museum staff and friends remembered Sister Margaret Augusta de Mestre, a military nurse who was killed in the first Japanese bombing raid on 19 February 1942.

“Professor Sue Carthew, Libbie Webb and I participated in the wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph,” Mrs Mason said.

“A second wreath was laid after the service on the nursing plaque on the cliff-top behind the Cenotaph.”

Mrs Mason said that the HM Australian Hospital Ship Manunda was in Darwin harbour on that fateful day 77 years ago.

“Twelve crew and hospital staff were killed including Sister de Mestre. Another 19 were seriously wounded, including Sister Lorraine Blow and another 40 suffered minor wounds.

“Many nurses served in Australia’s North, so far from home, with some never to leave.

“Our nursing museum remembers their stories and commemorates them,” she said.