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Other wartime nurses remembered.

As secretary of the New Zealand Nurses' Memorial Fund, I am responding to the article published in the May issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (p8) "Remembering Nurses on Anzac Day". I would like to point out that the Christchurch Hospital Nurses' Memorial Chapel is not "the only war memorial in New Zealand dedicated solely to the memory of women". Rather, it is New Zealand's only memorial chapel to women who died in any war or the 19:18 influenza epidemic. The Dunedin Hospital Chapel has a plaque in memory of two Otago nurses who lost their lives in the sinking of the "Marquette" and another in memory of a nurse who died from a troopship epidemic. Also commemorated are four nurses and another four voluntary aid detachment workers who lost their lives in the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Following the loss of ten nurses from the Marquette, a committee of the Otago Branch of the Trained Nurses' Association recommended the establishment of a living memorial such as a benevolent fund which could be used to give assistance to nurses who, through sickness, accident or other causes, were unable to pursue their nursing duties. A nationwide appeal saw the establishment of the New Zealand Nurses' Memorial Fund (Inc) which continues to this day, with its headquarters in Dunedin.

Jan Lawrence, retired RN, Dunedin
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Author:Lawrence, Jan
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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