The Iconic First World War nurse: history and fiction

Dates & Times

Tuesday 19 May 2015 | 6.00 PM
Venue: Campsie Library

The Iconic First World War nurse: history and fiction

The popular image of the First World War nurses has been shaped by sexism, romanticism, feminism and nationalism. In the early years the trained nurses were compared unfavorably with the more articulate volunteer untrained nurses at war, particularly because the nursing sisters avoided writing detail about their work.

Later, heroic effigies of nurses were created as Australians sought female equivalents of ‘ANZAC’ in the national consciousness. Fiction has not served them well either, casting them as long-suffering heroines or the essential sex interest in war stories. Clare Ashton draws on Sydney Sister Elizabeth McMillan’s correspondence from Lemnos to illuminate the more complex reality experienced by Australia’s trained nurses during the war.

Clare Ashton’s career as a registered nurse includes maternity, operating theatre and psychiatric nursing. Her academic interest in the history of nursing grew from helping to protect a psychiatric hospital museum in New Zealand. Since then, she has researched the history of Karitane in New South Wales, discovering that nursing history is a rather neglected field.

Karitane’s founder Elizabeth McMillan was one of the first Australian nurses to go to the First World War and she served on Lemnos in 1915. Clare is now one of the organisers of a voyage to Lemnos in September 2015 to commemorate the ANZAC nurses who served in the Aegean. She is an Honorary Research Associate at Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney.

Cost   FREE! For tickets, please follow the link below.

Location

Campsie Library
14-28 Amy St Campsie NSW 2194

Using Australian War Memorial resources

Dates & Times

Friday 15 May 2015 | 1.00 PM
Venue: Campsie Library

Using Australian War Memorial resources to uncover your family’s Australian military history

Learn how to research someone who served with Australian forces during times of war using nominal rolls and personal service records. Discover the wealth of resources waiting for you on the Memorial’s website and in the Research Centre; from databases to digitised archival documents, photographs, film and sound.

Cost   FREE! For tickets, please follow the link below.

Location

Campsie Library
14-28 Amy St Campsie NSW 2194

Seniors Workshop: Helping You Plan for a Better Retirement

Seniors Computer

Dates & Times

Friday 8 May 2015 | 10.30 AM
Venue: Riverwood Library

You are invited to attend a free seminar presented by a Department of Human Services Financial Information Service Officer and Multicultural Service Officer.

Whether you are planning for retirement or have retired, working or have been retrenched, we have information you will find useful. You can also learn about myGov and other digital options from the Department of Human Services.

For bookings, please visit the link below.

Cost   Free

Location

Riverwood Library
Cnr Belmore Rd & Roosevelt St Riverwood NSW 2210

Canterbury Public School Fete

FREE sector development forum

FREE sector development forum on the topic of Law and Justice for Multicultural Young People, hosted by MYAN NSW in partnership with Bankstown City Council.

The forum will explore the issues that young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds face when dealing with the police and criminal justice systems, and identify ways to build positive relationships between these groups.

The forum is aimed at professionals whose roles bring them into contact with young people from multicultural backgrounds, including youth workers, settlement workers, police, teachers, staff of government agencies etc, and will include workshop presentations, small and large group discussions and a Q&A panel.

Monday 1 June 2015 from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre

Places are limited so please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/law-and-justice-for-multicultural-young-people-tickets-16652963462

Please feel free to share this on your social networks. If you require more information, please email andrew@myannsw.org.au

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball Tournament 9 is about to begin. General online registrations open on Friday, 17 April  but places are limited! The tournament is open to any young person aged 12-18 years who lives or attends school in the Bankstown local government.

Tournament 9 details:

  • An 8 Week Tournament for 12-18 year olds (who reside or attend school in the Bankstown LGA)
  • When: Saturday 2 May – 20 June 2015, 7.30pm-Midnight
  • Additional 1 hour Pre-tournament Grading & Skills Session (Week one only), Saturday, 2 May, 6-7pm (essential for new players and previous players who haven’t attended a Skills & Drills session in previous tournaments)
  • Where: Bankstown Basketball Stadium, Third Avenue, Condell Park
  • Cost: nil (Dinner and uniforms provided & we bus players home within the Bankstown LGA)

For more information go to www.midnightbasketball.org.au/bankstown

Australian nurses in Lemnos

Dates & Times

Wednesday 22 April 2015 | 11.00 AM
Venue: Riverwood Library

Hear about the amazing endurance and perseverance of the Australian nurses of WW1 and their ability to bring order  out of chaos.

At the beginning of August 1915, during the Gallipoli campaign, 3AGH was landed on a bare and treeless hillside on the Greek island of Lemnos. The tents and equipment were delayed for three weeks, water was in short supply, and there was no sanitation.

Two days later, Matron Grace Wilson and 80 nurses arrived, closely followed by more than 150 patients from Gallipoli.

Cost

FREE! For tickets, follow the link below.

Location

Riverwood Library
Cnr Belmore Rd & Roosevelt Ave Riverwood NSW 2210