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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.


You must sign in or register an account to order a copy and follow the "How to order" instructions in the description.

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