Hunter’s War Nurses with Christine Bramble

Filed under Council, Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  9 Apr 2019

In the lead up to ANZAC Day, join researcher and historian, Christine Bramble, who shares some of the extraordinary stories of the Great War nurses of the Hunter Region.

2019 is the centenary year of the repatriation of the AIF, including most of the nurses. Hear their stories: what happened to them during and after the war. Christine is the author of ‘Sisters of the Valley: First World War Nurses from Newcastle and the Hunter Region.’

Australian World War I nurses have a remarkable but rarely told story,” said Kimberly O’Sullivan, Cessnock City Library’s Local Studies Librarian.

During World War I, these nurses worked in field hospitals, on hospital ships and trains and in casualty clearing stations on front line, attending to thousands of injured men.

They were not silent, their voices were not unheard. The nurses wrote letters home and they kept detailed diaries – these surviving records give a moving account of day-to-day life in a war zone. They reveal first-hand accounts of trauma, bravery and shell-shock.”

This free and fascinating talk is happening on Wednesday 17 April from 10.30-11.30am at Cessnock Library.

Morning tea is provided and bookings are essential. Book online at, through the event listing on Cessnock City Library’s Facebook page, or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399.

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