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Sunday, 31 August 2014

More things to do in Townsville. Mueseum of Tropical Queensland. Nurses at war!!

1 September 2014

Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan

The Museum of Tropical Queensland will be presenting some of the personal stories of Australian nurses at war in a new Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan opening on 4 September. 

Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan explores the involvement of nurses from the first known Australian in the Zulu War of 1879, right up to the experiences of the male and female nurses serving in recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said there is a strong link between the museum and one of the stories presented in the exhibition relating to the torpedoing of the hospital ship Centaur in 1943.

“The Centaur was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Queensland and sank in minutes killing 268 people including 18 doctors and 11 nurses,” Mr McLeod said.

“The Museum of Tropical Queensland played a major role in the search and discovery of the wreck in 2009 and I’m extremely pleased that this particularly story was chosen to be part of this strong exhibition.”

Australian War Memorial Exhibition Curator Robyn Siers said that while Australian nurses have been going to war for well over 100 years, their important contribution to Australia’s overseas military operations often goes unreported.

“Using the Memorial’s rich collection, Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan highlights the personal stories of army, air force and navy nurses who have served overseas, the difficulties and challenges they faced, and their determination to care for the sick and wounded come what may,” Ms Siers said.

These compelling stories create a moving and reflective exhibition particularly relevant to the Townsville community which is a proud garrison city with a long history of selfless war service and respectful care of those who have returned from active duty.
Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan runs from 4 September until 26 October.

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Through the support of their councils, locals from Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook receive free entry to the museum and locals from Townsville and the Burdekin receive half-price entry.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is open from 9.30am –
5pm daily.

Media Contact:                      Lorelle Schluter        4726 0603 or 0424 408 373
Stephen Wilson       4726 0604 or 0431 334 583

70 – 102 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland
(07) 4726 0600

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