Childers re­ceives plaque for nurses

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THE ser­vices of Childers nurses in the First World War and other con­flicts have been recog­nised by the Gov­er­nor of Queens­land.

Gov­er­nor Paul de Jersey pre­sented a plaque to Childers Hos­pi­tal nurs­ing di­rec­tor Susan Parks dur­ing his visit to Bund­aberg last week.

“Nurses who served as part of Aus­tralia’s armed ser­vices were self­less in pro­vid­ing care for the wounded dur­ing both world wars and other con­flicts,” Ms Parks said.

“This plaque recog­nises the war ser­vice nurses from Childers and sur­round­ing dis­tricts who were among the many ded­i­cated nurses who have given so much for their coun­try.

“It was a great hon­our to ac­cept this plaque, which will be dis­played at Childers Hos­pi­tal.”

The pre­sen­ta­tion co­in­cided with the un­veil­ing of a new memo­rial in Bund­aberg on Septem­ber 24, at­tended by Gov­er­nor de Jersey, Bund­aberg MP Jack Dempsey and Colonel Bron­wyn Wheeler.

The cer­e­mony at Bund­aberg RSL fol­lowed a com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice for Aus­tralian ser­vice nurses and the Cen­te­nary of Anzac at War Nurses Memo­rial Park.

Bund­aberg and Dis­trict Ex-Ser­vice Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jenny Wal­dron said it was the 100th an­niver­sary of the first con­tin­gent of army nurs­ing sis­ters leav­ing Qld for the First World War.

“So many of the women who served in both world wars were from small, re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, and it is im­por­tant their con­tri­bu­tion is recog­nised lo­cally,” Ms Wal­dron said.

Plaques were also pre­sented to nurs­ing staff from Biggen­den, Bund­aberg, Eidsvold, Gayn­dah, Gin Gin, Monto, Mt Perry and Mun­dub­bera.

Ms Wal­dron said the as­so­ci­a­tion would now start work on hon­our rolls for later wars and con­flicts.


WAR NURSES: Childers Hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Susan Parks and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­ceive plaques.

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