Paint­ings mark nurs­ing corps cen­te­nary

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Artist and army re­servist Matt Gauldie, from O¯ taki, has com­pleted five paint­ings to mark the cen­te­nary of the New Zealand Army’s Royal New Zealand Nurs­ing Corps (RNZNC).

The paint­ings, which de­pict cur­rent serv­ing nurs­ing of­fi­cers in pe­riod uni­forms, have been pre­sented to the New Zealand De­fence Force’s Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer, Lieu­tenant Colonel Lee Turner.

Cap­tain Gauldie said he had a lot of ad­mi­ra­tion for the work nurs­ing of­fi­cers do, and he en­joyed paint­ing their por­traits.

“They sourced all their own uni­forms, and were very pa­tient when I was spend­ing time get­ting the de­tail right.”

He took pho­to­graphs of each nurse in their pe­riod uni­form, and com­pleted the por­traits from the pho­to­graphs over sev­eral months.

The New Zealand Army has of­fi­cially in­cluded nurses since the First World War, although a small team of New Zealand nurses served with the Bri­tish Nurs­ing Ser­vice in South Africa be­fore that.

Since World War I, the army’s nurs­ing of­fi­cers have served in every ma­jor con­flict New Zealand has been in­volved in.

More than 500 nurses served in World War I and more than 600 joined the World War II ef­fort, serv­ing in the Pa­cific, Egypt, Eng­land, Greece, Crete, Syria, Tu­nisia and Italy.

In 1953 the New Zealand Army Nurs­ing Ser­vice be­came the Royal New Zealand Nurs­ing Corps (RNZNC), and the first RNZNC of­fi­cer was later sent to Viet­nam to work with the Aus­tralians at Vung Tau.

In 1991 New Zealand sent a med­i­cal team to the Gulf War, and RNZNC of­fi­cers have served through­out the world in dif­fer­ent con­flicts.

PHOTO / LAC CHAD SHARMAN

Ma­jor Hay­ley Clar­idge (left), with a por­trait of her­self in a First World War nurs­ing uni­form, Cap­tain Lau­ren Miller with a por­trait of Lieu­tenant Ma­jken Mar­getts in a Sec­ond World War uni­form, Ma­jor Deb­bie Cromie with a paint­ing de­pict­ing Cap­tain Me­gan Shaw in a Viet­nam-war era uni­form, Ma­jor Ian Bar­rett with him­self in the uni­form he wore in East Ti­mor, and Lieu­tenant Jolie Col­liar with a con­tem­po­rary por­trait of Ma­jor Vanessa Leigh.

Matt Gauldie.

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