Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Nursing Museum Curator Janie Mason (centre) at the launch of her paper entitled “An Anzac journey from Adelaide River to Lemnos”
CDU Nursing Museum Curator Janie Mason (centre) at the launch of her paper entitled “An Anzac journey from Adelaide River to Lemnos”

Shout out to NT nurses and teachers

By Robyn McDougall

A Charles Darwin University academic is putting out a call to former nurses, educators and community groups who worked in the Territory before modern communications. 

Senior lecturer in Business Studies Dr Susan Bandias is calling for personal stories from people who used the VJY outback radio service or emergency radio in the NT before the introduction of the telephone.

“I am open about what type of stories they are – funny, sad, terrifying – but I do want to capture as many of them as possible for my research,” Dr Bandias said.

Dr Bandias can be contacted on susan.bandias@cdu.edu.au

The call came as the CDU Nursing Museum celebrated the 2016 International Nurses Day. 

Organised by the Museum Curator and University Fellow, Ms Janie Mason, the event included the launch of a paper entitled “An Anzac journey from Adelaide River to Lemnos”, by Ms Mason, which was produced for the Historical Society of the Northern Territory Inc.

The paper explored the experiences of Australian nurses who cared for the casualties of the Gallipoli campaign 101 years ago.

Ms Mason joined other former nurses during the Anzac centenary last year to retrace the steps of 3000 Australian nurses who worked on Lemnos, a major first evacuation site for soldiers who survived Gallipoli.

“The nurses landed in 1915 on a bleak peninsular of stones and thistles. They had no stores, no hospital, no accommodation and were unwanted by their Australian commanding officer,” Ms Mason said.

Unlike their British, Canadian and New Zealand counterparts, the Australian nurses were classified as reserves only. 

“The nurses were unpaid, military titles of rank for Australian nurses were honorary and they were not eligible for military medals or war veteran pensions,” she said.

“The 2015 journey to WWI sites in the wake of Anzac nurses and the re-enactment of their Lemnos landing has enriched and enlarged the growing tangible and intangible cultural heritage in CDU’s Nursing Museum.”