Childers receives plaque for nurses
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.