ACN Centenary Commemorative Trilogy
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The History of Australian Nurses in the First World War: An ACN Centenary Commemorative Trilogy

ACN is proud to partner Dr Ruth Rae FACN in a commemorative publication of The History of Australian Nurses in the First World War: An ACN Centenary Commemorative Trilogy (the Trilogy).

The Trilogy details the important contribution of Australian nurses who served in the First World War (1914-18) and highlights the valuable service Australian nurses provided, to not only the servicemen, but to the ongoing professionalism of civilian and military nursing in this country.

The Trilogy features:

  • Book one – From Narromine to the Nile (2nd edition)
  • Book two – Scarlet Poppies (3rd edition)
  • Book three – Veiled Lives (3rd edition)
  • ACN First World War Nursing Nominal Roll

The Trilogy offers updated and redesigned editions of Dr Rae’s previous printed publications, Scarlet Poppies and Veiled Lives. Her third book on the topic, From Narromine to the Nile, although available as an e-book, will be available in print form for the first time.

In recognition of the importance of the nursing profession to the centenary celebrations the Trilogy will also feature the ACN First World War Nursing Nominal Roll (the Nominal Roll); an additional, stand alone, document within the box set Trilogy. The Nominal Roll features a list of nurses who served, providing families with a tangible keepsake honouring their relative’s involvement in the war effort.

This completes the trilogy which provides a comprehensive history of Australian nursing and the individuals who served with distinction in all theatres of war. Wherever Australian and allied soldiers fought Australian nurses served.

To ensure Australian nurses are recognised during the upcoming ANZAC and First World War centenary commemorations The History of Australian Nurses in the First World War: An ACN Commemorative Trilogy is now available for purchase.

Any questions or enquiries about this publication please, click here.

Watch Dr Ruth Rae’s speech at The Trilogy Launch at The National Nursing Forum

 

About the author

Dr Ruth Rae

PhD (Uni of Syd), MLitt (UNE), BA (UNE), Dip CD (UNE Partnerships).

Ruth Rae has been a registered nurse since 1978 and has worked as a freelance researcher and writer for more than twenty years. Her PhD thesis ‘Jessie Tomlins: An Australian army nurse – World War One’ (2001) highlighted a dearth of historical material about the contribution of Australian nurses who served overseas during this period. After a further three years of research and writing The NSW College of Nursing published Scarlet Poppies – the Army Experience of Australian Nurses during World War One (2004) which gives a history of a number of Australian nurses who served in all theatres of the 1914-18 war. This research was followed by a further three years of research into the social histories of Australian war nurses which was published Veiled Lives: Threading Australian Nursing history into the fabric of the First World War. (The College of Nursing, 2007).

Since commencing her research Ruth has compiled a comprehensive nominal roll of Australian nurses who served. The nominal roll has recently been updated and includes the names of a number of Australian nurses who served overseas but did not belong to a nursing service. Dr Rae has endeavoured to record the details of as many nurses as possible in recognition of the valuable contribution our colleagues provided to not only the servicemen but to the ongoing professionalism of civilian and military nursing in this country. In recognition of the importance of the nursing profession to the centenary celebrations the nominal roll will form an additional, stand alone, document within the box set trilogy.

The History of Australian Nurses in the First World War: an Australian College of Nursing Commemorative Trilogy plus Nurses’ Nominal Roll (proposed release date March 2015).

Selected publication list of author:

Ruth Rae

PhD (Uni Syd) MLitt (UNE) BA (UNE) Dip CD(UNE Partnerships) RN (FCN)

Books

Tony Windsor: the biography, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2014.

From Narromine to the Nile: Jessie Tomlins: An Australian Army Nurse – World War One, University of Sydney PhD thesis (2001) [on-line 2012].

Scarlet Poppies – The army experience of Australian nurses during World War One, The NSW College of Nursing (2004), Sydney [on-line 2012].

Veiled Lives: Threading Australian nursing history into the fabric of the First World War, The College of Nursing (2009), Sydney [on-line 2012].

To all at home…letters from a Lighthorseman [on-line 2012].

The Price of Peace: the diaries of Fred Tomlins, 1st Australian Light Horse [on-line 2012].

Journals

‘Nursing in War and Peace: the life of Matron Rose Creal (1865-1921)’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 95 (1): 77-93 (2009).

‘An historical account of shell shock during the First World War and reforms in mental health in Australia 1914-1939’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16: 266-273 (2007).

‘A comparative analysis of the development of the Australian Army Nursing Service and the New Zealand Army Nursing Service (1899-1918)’, nursing.aust, 8(2):14-17 (2007). 2/3

‘Ellen Julia Gould: a civilian nurse and founder of the military nursing tradition in Australia (1860-1941)’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 92 (2): 165-182 (2006).

‘Operating in the theatre of World War One: France’, ACORN –The Official Journal of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, 17 (2): 10-13 (2004).

‘Operating in the theatre of World War One: Egypt’, ACORN –The Official Journal of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, 17 (1): 14-16 (2004).

‘Operating in the theatre of World War One: Gallipoli’, ACORN –The Official Journal of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, 16 (4): 12-14 (2003).

‘Infection Control Nursing circa 1918-19 – Woodman’s Point Quarantine Station’, nursing.aust, 4(2):23-4 (2003).

‘Nursing didn’t end with the war’ – Wartime Official magazine of the Australian War Memorial, 19: 19-21 (2002).

‘Reading between unwritten lines: Australian Army nurses in India, 1916-19’, Journal of the Australian War Memorial, (2002) [on-line]. Available: awm.gov.au/journal/j36 [25/09/14] 3/3

‘Nursing, Soldiering and Marriage in World War One’, nursing. aust. 2 (3): 19&23 (2001).

‘Soldiers of the ANZAC Mounted Division and Nurses of the 14th Australian General Hospital – Desert Correspondents in World War One’, Australian Defence Force Journal, 149:53 (2001).

‘Australian History and the Australian Nurse’, nursing.aust. 1(4): 19-23 (2000).

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Ruth Rae, ‘Bonnin, Kathleen Patricia’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press, 2007, pp. 125-6.

Ruth Rae, ‘White, Edith McQuade’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, Melbourne University Press, 2012.

Ruth Rae, ‘Langham, Jessie Margaret ’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, Melbourne University Press,2012.

Ruth Rae, ‘Shippen, Elizabeth Frances ’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, Melbourne University Press, 2012.